Shortcut King Cake in 8 Easy Steps

Even if you won't be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still celebrate like a local with a slice of this festive king cake.

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They call it "Fat Tuesday" for a reason. Celebrate like a New Orleans native with this easy and delicious eight-step king cake.

Step 1: Make the Filling

Combine 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor, and blend until smooth. 

Step 2: Lay Out the Dough

Unroll 2 cans of crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. On parchment paper, position triangles next to each other with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about 1/4 inch, forming a large round.

Step 3: Add the Filling — and the Baby

Spoon the filling in a circle, about halfway between the edges and the points of each triangle. Don't forget to place a small plastic baby or dried bean somewhere in the filling! (The person who gets this piece will have good luck for the year.)

Step 4: Fold Up the Edges

Fold the short side of each triangle toward the center, then pull the point end of each triangle toward the outer rim of the pan to fully enclose the filling.

... and Lightly Press the Seams

Once the edges are folded up and firmly sealed, the cake is ready for baking.

Step 5: Bake

Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Step 6: Prepare the Icing

Whisk together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth.

Step 7: Ice the Cake

Spoon the icing over the top of the cooled cake, letting the excess run down the sides. 

Step 8: Decorate with Sprinkles

While the icing is still wet, decorate with purple, yellow and green sugar sprinkles.