Easy King Cake Recipe

I looked online for an easy king cake recipe because I’m not one of those from-scratch kind of people. What I found wasn’t remotely close to what a King Cake is. One of the recipes even called for raisins. This ain’t fruitcake people.

I couldn’t find what I was looking for online, so I scrounged around in my fridge and pantry searching for something to put together. Sadly, I was out of food coloring and sprinkles, so I ended up making a Virgin King Cake. Plus, someone threw away the baby I saved (plastic one, not a real one).

Easy king cake for Mardi Gras


Crescent roll dough for an easy king cake recipeCake

  • 2 Cans Large Flaky Buttery Crescent Roll dough
  • Some sugar
  • Some cinnamon
  • butter (the real stuff)
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • More Butter
  • A splash of milk
  • A splash of vanilla (from Mexico that you picked up on your last cruise to Cozumel)
  • Food coloring or sprinkles in purple, gold (yellow), and green
  • One plastic baby

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pull out your pizza pan. Grab 2 cans of LARGE butter flavored crescent rolls. Unroll all the triangles and place large end towards the outside, like making one of those Pampered Chef crescent roll rings. Place tiny dabs of butter all around the middle of the dough that’s laid out, forming a pretty circle. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar all around where you put the butter. Fold the large ends of the triangles over your buttery cinnamon sugar mix. Pull the inside parts of the dough over the top. You should have a large ring of dough. You don’t want a perfect circle, but more of an oval shape. Bake until golden brown all over.

Easy King Cake recipe using crescent rolls

Easy King Cake recipe icingWhile the cake (aka glorified cinnamon roll) is baking, mix your buttercream frosting. Just so you know, the only reason I made it this way is because I was out of pre-made cake icing in my cabinet. There’s no shame in using can icing. Put 3 3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar, melted butter, milk, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until fluffy. Separate the frosting into three bowls and add food coloring so that you have one bowl of purple icing, one bowl of yellow/gold icing, and one bowl of green icing.

After the king cake has cooled a bit, alternate topping the cake with the three colors of icing. At some point, place the plastic baby somewhere inside the cake, unless you have little ones in your family. You can also add sprinkles. Slice and serve with coffee, a mimosa, and friends.

easy king cake recipe no icing fresh from icingEasy king cake recipe

Tip: If you’d like to jazz up your King Cake, it can be filled with cream cheese, pie filling, pecans, caramel, or whatever you like. I’ve seen some King Cakes topped with chocolate icing and added caramel drizzles.


  1. says

    Love how easy this looks! Hubs & I were just discussing how we are out of our food Mexican vanilla and need to take another cruise there soon for more. Seriously. I’ll be makin this soon!

  2. Catholic says

    Fantastic idea, on 1/6 that is Kings Day, they had arrived to visit with gifts to Baby Jesus and adore Him.
    This is the last day I have my century IIX Baby Jesus in the Manger.
    We served the cake with chocolate, in the USA , We see on TVE, the fabulous Kings parade in Madrid.
    Thanks !!!

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  4. Terri DiDio says

    My daughter made this King Cake yesterday for Fat Tuesday while I was at work. What a delicious surprise!!! Loved it! Definitely a keeper.

    Thanks for sharing.

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