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Quick and Easy King Cake | @tspcurry

Quick and Easy King Cake

  • Yield: 8-12 servings 1x


King Cake in a little over an hour? Yup! Thanks to a special type of dough – and a secret way to bake this Mardi Gras favorite.


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour + about 1/4 cup or more for shaping dough
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 12 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Green, purple, and gold colored sugars for dusting


  1. Grease a bundt pan well with butter and flour or baking spray containing flour.
  2. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and Kosher salt in a small bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using a fork, stir together all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, soda, salt.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir with a large wooden spoon until all flour is incorporated.
  5. Turn onto a well floured (with whole wheat flour) surface, dust with more flour.Using your hands shape and pat dough into a 16 x 5 – inch rectangle. Brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture – leaving 1/2-inch border. Fold dough over filling. Cut into three pieces for easy transfer into bundt pan. Transfer to bundt pan and gently press seams back together. Brush top of dough with remaining 1 teaspoon of butter.
  6. Bake in a heated 425-degree oven for about 25 minutes or until edges are barely golden. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip pan over and turn onto a cooling rack or a serving plate (depending on where you want your icing to pool!)
  7. Whisk together cream cheese, milk and confectioners sugar – adding more sugar or milk depending on consistency desired. Drizzle over warm cake.
  8. Sprinkle with colored sugar