Homemade King Cake

So it’s Mardi Gras season in Louisiana and everyone is grabbing their favorite king cakes. BUT….last year I took a chance on this crazy idea and it worked out to be very delicious. When I was sharing on my Insta-Stories the poll revealed that almost everyone wanted the recipe. 


Easy Homemade King Cake
Easily make this favorite recipe at home!
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Dough (Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Roll Dough)
  1. 1 quart Whole Milk
  2. 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  3. 1 cup Sugar
  4. 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  5. 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Reserved) All-purpose Flour
  6. 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  7. 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  8. 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  1. Your choice
  2. I used a block of cream cheese for a large cake and homemade apple pie filling for a small.
  1. 1/2 block of cream cheese
  2. 2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. Milk (use enough for desired texture)
  5. Sprinkles
  1. Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil.
  2. Set aside and cool to warm.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.
  4. Add 8 cups of the flour.
  5. Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour.
  7. Stir thoroughly to combine.
  8. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it’s been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)
  1. Roll out the dough into a rectangle.
  2. Apply all the filling that your heart desires.
  3. Roll the tightly.
  4. Once you've got one long section of dough with filling, while forming a circle, twist and connect the ends together.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 375*.
  6. Allow to cool while making your icing.
  1. Beat ingredients together until desired consistency achieved.
  2. Apply icing to cake and sprinkle sprinkles on top.
  3. (If you're lazy like me, just use sugar and some food coloring to make your own sprinkles)
Adapted from Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls
Lacey Rabalais https://laceyrabalais.com/
Homemade King Cake // Lacey Cooks // Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls

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