Easy King Cake Recipe For Mardi Gras with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Easy King Cake Recipe – How to Make Mardi Gras King Cake with Crescent Rolls

easy king cake recipe with crescent rolls

Easy Mardi Gras King Cake with Crescent Rolls

Easy king Cake recipe is what I make every year for Mardi Gras.  This New Orleans king cake is so simple! Plus, it is my most popular recipe and everyone can’t wait to have me make it.  I have had people say they like this recipe better than the ones you buy in the store. And, honestly, you can whip this up in minutes with reduced-fat crescent rolls–no complicated yeast dough here.  Another popular recipe 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.

Easy King Cake Recipe: My Most Popular Recipe Ever!!!

No matter the time of year, this is probably my most popular recipe.  I keep it seasonal by just changing my icing colors to go with whatever theme holiday it is.  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.

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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

Easy King Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier)

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, 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, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

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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. 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


Check out the YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!  Scroll down for step by step photos!!!


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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everday 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 American Diabetes Association.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 for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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2 thoughts on “Easy King Cake Recipe – How to Make Mardi Gras King Cake with Crescent Rolls

  1. Does the cream cheese part call for milk? The YouTube video said yes but I don’t see it listed in the instructions. Also, can I substitute to make it less healthy for a party? Have you tried it using cinnamon rolls? Is this way better? Thank you, I’m excited

  2. The cream cheese part is in the filling. The milk is in the icing but just use a little to make right consistency. I promise you aren’t compromising flavor with my trim and terrific approach. I have never tried with cinnamon rolls but they don’t come in the shape of crescent rolls which creates the king cake. I do like to add almond extract to the icing. And, sometimes now I add coconut and pecans. Hope this helps and I can’t wait for you to make the cake. Let me know!!

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