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King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

 King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
Round out your Mardi Gras celebration with a King Cake—a colorful ring-shaped pastry drizzled with green, gold and purple icing. This stunning cake has become the gala holiday’s signature dessert.—Alice LeJeune, Ville Platte, Louisiana
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated reduced-fat crescent rolls
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red, blue, yellow and green food coloring

Directions

  • Unroll both tubes of crescent dough and separate into triangles.
  • Place triangles on a greased 12-in. pizza pan, forming a ring with
  • pointed ends facing toward the center and wide ends overlapping.
  • Lightly press wide ends together.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and
  • vanilla until smooth. Spoon over wide ends of ring. In another bowl,
  • stir the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until crumbly. Sprinkle
  • over cream cheese mixture.

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King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Fold points over filling and fold wide ends over points. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5
  • minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk
  • to achieve desired consistency. Divide icing among three bowls.
  • Using red and blue food coloring, tint one portion purple. Tint
  • another portion yellow and the remaining portion green. Drizzle over
  • cake. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 184 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 275 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.