Making A King Cake with Cinnamon Toasted Pecan Filling

King Cake

What is a King Cake?

More than likely you’ve probably heard or even seen a King Cake in a grocery store before. They start appearing in grocery stores right after Valentine’s Day.

King Cake is a traditional New Orleans favourite dessert for Mardi Gras celebrations. There is normally a plastic figure of a baby baked in the cake for someone to find. There are a few different things out there that people say getting the piece with the plastic baby means. I have always heard it be: If you receive the piece with the plastic figure in it, you are said to have luck for the next year.

Making The King Cake

The Recipe

I have been wanting to make this cake for a long time. One thing to keep in mind is the fact that you’re not making a cake batter; you’re making a dough. This recipe included a cinnamon toasted pecan filling.

Don’t forget to make to place the plastic baby figure into the cake before you roll it. Once the dough is rolled, it will be too late. I’d also be sure to tell your guests to be looking for the plastic baby so that there isn’t a choking hazard.

I did change a couple of things while making this. Instead of using water to make the filling stick to the dough before rolling, I spread butter for a richer flavour. I also added some vanilla to the powder sugar and milk based frosting. I’m not personally a fan of the way powdered sugar and milk based frosting tastes.


Have a Happy Mardi Gras! This really is a simple recipe to make. It looks more daunting than it actually was in execution. Please comment and let me know how you make your cake. If you tried this recipe, let me know how it goes.


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