King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

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Recipe: King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Summary: King Cake is a traditional pastry served for the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is made with a rich bread dough that is filled with a cinnamon mixture and braided into a ring. It is typically frosted, and adorned with purple, yellow and green (purple to represent justice, green to represent faith, and gold to represent power).


    • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (.25-oz)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup milk (any kind), warm (100-110F)
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
    • 8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
    • 3 tbsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • King Cake Icing
    • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 3-4 tbsp water
    • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • food coloring

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Note: This is an actual picture of a King Cake from New Orleans Meche’s Donut King, not the actual recipe from them.

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Photo courtesy of: Meche’s Donut King – Rue Louis XIV

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Preparation time: 1 hour(s) 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 10

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