It’s Mardi Gras — that time of year when king cake is king. If you’re not familiar with king cake, you should be. Not to be confused with cake-cake, a king cake is a braided yeast dough (think cinnamon roll) that is filled, topped with glaze and decorated in traditional Mardi gras colors. But before you go running to your nearest bakery, grocery store or ordering one online, you should think about baking your own. Why? Face it–nothing tastes as good as a freshly baked croissant, biscuit, or cinnamon roll. King cake is no different. Fillings range from traditional (cinnamon-sugar) to outlandish (Elvis-inspired peanut butter, banana
Pecan Praline is one of the most popular flavors of king cake, as is cream cheese. I combined the two into this ridiculously decadent beauty, chock full of pecans and creamy brown sugared goodness.
When (very unofficially) polled, more people claimed they preferred cream cheese over any other flavor (pecan praline was second). It’s no wonder, as creamy fillings go beautifully with tender dough.
This king cake is the best of both tart and sweet worlds. Filled with Meyer lemon curd and topped off with a lemon glaze, it’s anything but traditional, and yet it still satisfies that king cake craving.
The inspiration for this year’s forthcoming king cake, this salted caramel beauty should be a centerpiece for all Mardi gras festivities. Honestly, does it get any better than sea salt + caramel? I don’t think so.
Another quintessential New Orleans dessert, bananas foster is decadent and delicious. With a rum-banana-cream cheese filling, this over-the-top king cake is a winner.
New Orleans’ own Joy the Baker puts a little personal spin on the traditional filling by adding cocoa powder. Me likey.
I can’t even right now. Peanut butter, banana, and bacon? It’s almost too insane…but if I’m completely honest? I’m digging it.
Last but not least, we end on a traditional note. This cinnamon-sugar filled king cake is no-frills but gets the job done for the king cake purists.
Well, any way you slice it (see what I did there?), king cake is here until midnight on Fat Tuesday, March 5. So do yourself a favor, whip yourself up one of these babies and