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Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

Mardi Gras King Cake

This easy Mardi Gras King Cake is a perfect dessert for the Mardi Gras season. If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the season, let me tell you that this spring dessert is a fun way to go.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 302kcal



  • 1 packet .25 ounce active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water 110-115 degrees F
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 ½-4 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk warm 110-115 degrees F
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened


  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla


  • mini plastic baby
  • Colored sugar - purple yellow and green


  • Heat ¼ cup water to 100-110 degrees F
  • Add yeast and sugar to a medium sized bowl.
  • Stir gently just to coat yeast Let set to proof for 5-10 minutes or until bubbly
  • Add ¼ cup sugar, butter, milk, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour and beat until smooth.
  • Gradually add more flour until dough forms soft ball, it will be sticky
  • Turn dough onto floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic
  • Form into ball and place in greased bowl, turn dough over to coat other side
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 45-60 minutes until dough is doubled in size.
  • Punch dough down and turn onto lightly floured surface.
  • Roll into rectangle 10x20 inches.
  • Now prepare the filling. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans
  • Melt butter and add to filling mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Sprinkle evenly over the dough leaving ½ inch around the edges.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper
  • Roll dough beginning on the long side, jelly-roll style, pinch seam to seal
  • Place on a baking sheet and form a circle, pinching the edges together tightly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 45-60 minutes or until almost double in size. About 20 minutes before rise is done, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Top with glaze after cake has cooled.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all glaze ingredients until smooth and desired consistency Spoon glaze onto cooled cake and add colored sugar for decoration
  • Don’t forget to add the baby inside.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg