Today is Fat Tuesday.
I know this because while I was dusting the living room I saw Kathie Lee Gifford completely tear apart a King Cake in search for what she called “Baby Jesus.”
(Can you tell it was a preschool morning, thus the reason I was watching actual Live adult television while being productive?)
Although I am leary of any day with the adjective “fat” placed before its name, I am always up for cake.
Especially when that cake involves chocolate of some sort.
In honor of this Cajun celebration, I am whipping up a batch of easy King Cakes for the family to enjoy.
The traditional Mardi Gras King Cake is often fried (think doughnut rather than cake) and filled with either cream cheese or a praline-type mixture. A tiny baby or trinket is often hidden in the cake (not Baby Jesus, as Kathie Lee informed her millions of viewers). The person who finds the baby is said to have good luck….and they have to purchase the cake for the following year.
My easy King Cakes are neither fried nor bear any sort of plastic toy.
They are, in fact, easy.
And did I mention easy?
Behold, the ingredients:
- Powdered Sugar
- Colored Sprinkles and Food Coloring (in Mardi Gras colors of yellow, purple and green)
- Crescent Rolls
- Chocolate Chips
Pop open the crescent rolls, laying them out on a baking stone. Place a good portion of chocolate chips at the largest part of the rolls. Roll up the crescent according to package directions.
Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees.
While the rolls are baking, mix up a simple icing using sifted powdered sugar and milk. I use approximately 1 tablespoon of milk for every 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
Divide the icing into three bowls. Keep one bowl of icing white, while making another bowl purple and the final bowl of icing green using the food coloring.
Once the rolls are finished, allow them to cool for about five minutes before drizzling the icing over the King Cakes. I like to use a fork to make a nice decorative drizzle. For fun, I topped the cakes with sprinkles and an additional dusting of powdered sugar.
Hello, King Cake.
Why must you visit only once a year?
Happy Fat Tuesday!