How to Make King Cake with Crescent Rolls -My Easy King Cake Recipe!

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How To Make King Cake Recipe with Crescent Rolls! Easy New Orleans King Cake Recipe!

How to make king cake?  I make my easy king cake recipe every year for Mardi Gras! This New Orleans king cake recipe for a simple homemade king cake is also one of my most popular healthy easy recipes on my healthy food blog. I bring this crescent roll king cake recipe back every year due to popular demand! I have been told  my New Orleans king cake recipe is better than the ones you buy in the store. And, honestly, you can whip this easy king cake recipe up in minutes with reduced-fat crescent rolls–no complicated yeast dough here! This recipe is from my Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook filled with Louisiana Cajun healthy recipes! Plan your party with my easy Mardi Gras Party Menu- Easy Chicken Gumbo to Crescent Rolls King Cake!

Easy King Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Mardi Gras Icing (see recipe below)

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling and then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Mardi Gras Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring

1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls
2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring and in second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple). Drizzle over baked cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

Secret to How to Make King Cake Recipe Homemade: My Most Popular Recipe Ever!

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You’ll LOVE this cookbook and all the practical southern and Cajun recipes-all healthy with nutritional information.  Most importantly, all the recipes are made with everyday ingredients!

No matter the time of year, this is probably my most popular recipe in this cookbook. I keep my New Orleans king cake recipe seasonal by just changing my icing colors to go with whatever theme holiday it is. Go Pink for Valentine’s Day and you can go patriotic for the red, white and blue holidays.  Starting with reduced-fat crescent rolls with a luscious rich cream cheese filling with lots of cinnamon makes this recipe hard to beat for the taste and it’s so simple.  Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook includes all your favorite healthy Cajun recipes, but most importantly I make them EASY!

Homemade King Cake Testimonial Email!

This is one of my favorite emails I received about my New Orleans king cake recipe.  It made my day when I know people are enjoying my recipes and eating healthy!  Even this king cake is better for you!

LOVE When I recieved this email:

From Twitter: @PastorJoelle (From IL) Beautiful King Cakes! My favorite recipe comes from Holly Clegg:  We taste-tested your recipe against a yeast-based recipe and a store bought cake. Yours won easily!! The yeast-based recipe I used created a Gambinos-esque recipe & the store bought was from Kroger

STEP BY STEP PHOTOS:  Crescent Roll King Cake Recipe from my Louisiana cookbook

Check out the YouTube video to watch me how to make king cake recipe! Scroll down for step by step photos to make my easy New Orleans king cake recipe wherever you live! This easy king cake recipe from my Louisiana cookbook also makes a fun kid’s project and always a yummy breakfast or snack.  So, don’t save my homemade king cake just for Mardi Gras.

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All You Need Is A Large Round Pizza Pan That Doesn’t Warp When Cooking!
OXO Non-Stick Pizza Pan, 15 InchOXO Non-Stick Pizza Pan 

All you need is a round pizza pan which you probably already have at home. I like to use a large nonstick pizza pan to make my king cake recipe. Make sure it is a good one so it doesn’t warp when baking.

Make sure you have a 15-inch round pizza pan to give your king cake room as this recipe creates a nice size king cake. You can use the round pan for so many recipes.

How to Make A King Cake: Watch me make My Easy King Cake Known as Crescent Roll King Cake

As Good As A New Orleans King Cake Recipe And Fun To Make with Kids!

I make so many king cake recipes this time of year with my grand kids.  They have so much fun helping me cook and you can imagine what a help they are! Now, these might not be the most perfect king cakes but we made them together for a Facebook Live video.  The boys are 5 1/2 and almost 4.

So much fun and here’s the Facebook live link in case you want to watch the kids in the kitchen. It will keep you laughing for sure!

My Favorite Popular Recipes Like my New Orleans King Cake Recipe?

Pecan Brie as good as my New Orleans king cake recipeI have the best of New Orleans recipes!  Living in Baton Rouge, I can tell you I have tasted and then tested these healthy Cajun recipes.  Another popular recipe besides my New Orleans King Cake I always make is my Candied Pecan Brie, a party staple at my house with rave reviews.

It seems there’s always extra people around this time of year. My Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook highlight Louisiana recipes but really is the best southern cookbook from salads to my Pecan Pie with Honey Crunch Topping.  Doesn’t get any better than healthy southern recipes! All recipes include nutritional information and are HEALTHY EASY RECIPES!

My Mardi Gras Menu Helps You With Best Cajun Recipes!

Everyone loves when we have a Mardi Gras party at our home but it is because of the food I think, not our personalities.  I make my easy chicken and sausaagegumbo recipe, of course. Also, everyone now is raving about my easy king cake recipe with Louisiana crawfish for Crawfish king Cake recipe


Gel Food Coloring Perfect For Easy King Cake Recipes

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I was so excited to discover gel food coloring! These gel food colors are so much easier to use and don’t get all over you. It seems I use to have more food coloring on me than in what I was making.

I also like this great selection of colors making your choices endless. The kids and/or grand kids LOVE to use food coloring and this was my best discovery for lots of colors and easy-to use! Betty Crocker gel colors are also great for a a starter with primary colors. They last forever so I like this Wilton Food coloring set but check them out!



Wait Until You Try My New Homemade King Cake Recipe: Crawfish King Cake

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I DID IT! My NEW Crawfish King Cake recipe is finally ready for you to try! This recipe is going wild and one bite of this easy king cake with creamy crawfish cream cheese filling and you’ll know why. A healthy king cake and a savory king cake. Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook includes 30 minute recipes from my Louisiana Kitchen and they are healthy easy recipes!! Are you a crawfish fan?

I have tons of crawfish recipes on the Louisiana crawfish website!  If you’re wondering is crawfish healthy? My expertise is in healthy crawfish recipes! For another fabulous Cajun recipe try my healthy Crawfish Etouffee. The etouffee recipe is one of the most popular Crawfish Etouffee recipes —just Google Easy Crawfish Etouffee

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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4 thoughts on “How to Make King Cake with Crescent Rolls -My Easy King Cake Recipe!

  1. Holly, after many failed attempts at making a King Cake (yeast hates me). I happened upon your easy recipe using Crescent Rolls. It was so easy (I watched your video a couple of times). My husband’s b’day was the day after Mardi Gras so I made it for his birthday. Everyone loved it! We live in Tennessee now but born and raised in N.O.L.A. The store bought king cakes are awful here.(kind of like trying to buy New Orleans ‘french bread’ anywhere but New Orleans) Thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely be making this again! I did get carried away with the decorations I admit…Gail

  2. Thanks Kourtney for sharing this note with me about my easy king cake recipe:
    I am 24 years old and was recently diagnosed with pre type 2 diabetes in the fall. As soon as King Cake season came around it made me depressed to go to the stores and see the King Cakes covered in sugar and filled with overly sweetened fillings that I shouldn’t be eating. I was SO happy to see your lower fat, lower sugar recipe on your blog for a more diabetic king cake (the crescent roll one) I made it tonight and it was AMAZING! It was easy to make and delicious. You are my new hero! Thank you so much!   Kourtney Davison

  3. I made this tonight for our Bible Study before Fat Tuesday. (I also made your gumbo which was so yummy!) It was so easy and delicious! Everyone loved it. I generally hate to bake…this was a big success for me. I live in CA…it’s hard to find King Cakes here and when you do, they aren’t very good.

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Ann, LOVE this story and so glad I could give you a taste of Louisiana in California. All my recipes are easy and glad you are enjoying them. Happy Mardi Gras and thanks for commenting and hope you keep on cooking.

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