Mardi Gras King Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling

Mardi Gras King Cake

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a King Cake or two ten!

King cakes commemorate the Epiphany, a celebration of the Wise Men’s discovery of baby Jesus. A small plastic baby is tucked inside the cake, bringing the finder good luck and the task of supplying the next cake. Believe me when I say there will be a next cake, since they are eaten everyday during the season of Epiphany that begins 12 days after Christmas and lasts until Mardi Gras. A tradition I can fully immerse myself in.

Who knows King Cake better than New Orleans native Chef John Besh? No one I know of. Made from a soft, buttery brioche dough with copious amounts of cinnamon and lemon zest, the cinnamon fiend in me rejoiced.

Covered in a confectioners’ sugar icing and decorated with colored sugars to represent justice, faith and power, this is a cake you will revel in eating every day. It is everything anyone could ask for in a coffee cake and more. I don’t think I would get sick of it. In my version there’s a decadent strawberry jam cream cheese filling and half whole wheat flour in the batter. It is the most perfectly delicious thing to accompany a cup of coffee or tea.

Although I’m far from New Orleans, a mere bite of cake magically transported me there, if only in spirit. My heart was glad.

Mardi Gras King Cake

Strawberry Cream Cheese King Cake Filling
(by Reeni)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, beat in jam and confectioners sugar. Refrigerate.

2. Instead of dividing the dough into 3 pieces, roll into a rectangle on a large floured surface, about 20×15 inches. On one of the longest edges about 3 inches in spoon the cream cheese in an even straight line. Carefully fold dough over the filling and continue until you have a long log.

3. Carefully move to a large, parchment lined baking sheet and form into an oval, pinching ends together well. Bake according to directions in original recipe.

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Comments

  1. Merut says

    I've always wanted to go to New Orleans! I live at the base of the Rockies, so Mardi Gras has always seemed so far away from me. I'll have to take a step in the right direction and try some King Cake. Love your blog!

  2. Faith says

    oh man I love king cake and that one sounds amazing with the filling!!!! Do you put the nut or the coin in yours?

  3. a moderate life says

    Reeni! This looks super yummy! I love this week to make all the traditional treats until of course wednesday…boo hooo then its Lent until lovely Easter! Hugs! Alex

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