We had some fun in the office last week when co-worker Holly Meyer brought in a King Cake, which is part of the pre-Lenten celebration of Mardi Gras in which a plastic baby is baked inside.
In the one she brought in from the bakery, the baby was actually hidden under my piece of cake. Not only do I reap the reward of good luck, but I earned the responsibility for bringing in the next King Cake, which I did today.
I brought in a bakery version, but I’m thinking it would be a fun thing to do at home as well with the kids. They’d get a big kick out of it.
I’d like to make my own for the family since I don’t need an entire cake but rather a few individual-size servings.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I think I have my winner!
King Cake Cupcakes (makes 8 cupcakes)
2 tubes of crescent rolls
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbl ground cinnamon
For the filling:
1 block of cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl water (or omit the lemon juice and use 2 Tbl water)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla extract until combined, set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 Tbl cinnamon. Set aside.
3. On a lightly floured surface, unroll both crescent roll doughs, and pinch together the diagonal seams. If you are using the seamless dough sheet, cut each sheet into four rectangles. You should have 8 rectangles of dough total. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the dough, evenly.
4. Spread a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese down the long end of each rectangle.
5. Roll up each rectangle, long ways, like a cigar. Pinching the ends closed.
6. Fold the left side over to the middle. Then fold the right side over on top of the left side. You are essential “rolling” them up, gently. You should have what looks like a cinnamon roll, seam side up.
7. Place the rolls, seam side up in a greased cupcake tin.
8. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes, then uncover and bake 12-15 minutes more. The internal temp should register at 190 degrees.
9. Let cool for 10 minutes before you try to remove them from the pan. While they cool, make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and water.
10. Once the cupcakes are removed from the tin, drizzle them with the glaze and sprinkle with purple, green, and gold sugar sprinkles.