Baking a King Cake for Fat Tuesday is easy with make! The night before, mix and chill the dough. On Fat Tuesday, make the brioche dough, place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, roll out the dough, add the filling, bake, cool, drizzle icing on top with icing, sprinkle with green, gold, and purple sugar, place on a platter, hide the baby under the cake, serve, and celebrate!King Cake in My Texas Kitchen

King Cake

This brioche pastry dough is of French origin is an enriched bread with a high egg and butter content giving it a rich and tender crumb. 

This dough has a thick pancake-like consistency. It's easy for beginner bakers and elaborate for experienced bakers!

Servings 2 king cakes
Author susanapplegraass


  • 1/4 cup warm water(80º-100º)
  • 1 package yeast
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, scalded and cooled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1 zest of lemon
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling: Blend together 8-ounce Philadelphia cream cheese(room temperature), 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 T. whole milk, 1 T. cinnamon, 1 t. vanilla. Set aside.

Icing: Blend together 8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese(room temperature), 1 bag confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1 t. vanilla. Set aside.


  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 t. sugar in warm water. Set aside until frothy, about 5 minutes.

  2. In a small saucepan, scald the milk. Set aside to cool to less than 100º.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the yeast mixture, scalded & cooled milk, sugar, melted butter, eggs, salt, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Begin mixing, gradually add the flour. Continue mixing until smooth. 

  4. Cover the bowl with a dish towel. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk(about 2 hours) at room temperature. Or overnight in the refrigerator. If refrigerated overnight, allow to come to room temperature before rolling out the dough.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375º.

    On a heavily floured Silpat®, place 1/2 of the dough. Roll out to a 1/2" thickness. Spread with 1/2 of the filling. Starting at the widest edge, roll up to dough into a cylinder. Carefully pick up the dough and place on a Silpatº lined baking sheet. Cover with a clean dish towel. Allow to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a thermometer registers 200º.

    If the King Cake is getting too brown, cover lightly with a sheet of aluminum foil. 

  7. Remove from oven. Place on a wire rack. Cool completely. Place on a serving platter. 

    Hide the baby in the King Cake!

  8. Drizzle with the icing onto King Cake. (You might have a little icing depending on how much you prefer.)

    Sprinkle with purple, gold, and green sugars.

    Place on a serving platter and hide the baby under the cake.

    Happy Mardi Gras!