Mardi Gras King Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 king cake
A fun cake made for a Mardi Gras celebration (or for any occasion because it's delicious!!)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter*
  • 1 (1/4 oz) packages active dry yeast (or rapidrise yeast)
  • ⅓ cup warm water (110ºF)
  • 2 Tbsp. Truvia Baking Blend (or ¼ cup sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tsp. Truvia Brown Sugar Blend (or ½ cup light brown sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp. pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • ½ Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk (or until thinned to your liking)
  • purple, yellow and green colored sugar for topping
  1. Measure milk in a microwavable dish. Add butter and microwave for 1 minute, until the butter is melted. Stir and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a measuring cup, add the warm water and 1.5 teaspoons of the Truvia Baking Blend (or ½ Tablespoon of sugar). Sprinkle yeast in and stir lightly. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour room temperature milk/butter mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add in yeast. Whisk together lightly. Whisk in eggs, the remaining sugar, salt and nutmeg.
  4. Add the first cup of flour in and whisk. Add the rest of the flour and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  5. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-8 minutes. Spray the mixing bowl the dough was stirred in with cooking spray and place kneaded dough inside. Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  6. Make filling by stirring together brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, applesauce, melted butter, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  7. When risen, punch dough down and roll dough on a lightly floured surface. Shape into a large rectangle, approximately 10x16" or so. Sprinkle the dough with the filling and spread to cover the rectangle. Beginning at the wide side, roll tightly like a jelly roll. Bring the ends of the roll together to make an oval. Cut off a little piece at the ends so they're straight lines and use a little water to press the end together.
  8. Place on a greased baking sheet and let rise for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in sized.
  9. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside. Let cool and then mix powdered sugar and milk together until to your desired consistency. Drizzle on cooled cake. Sprinkle colored sprinkles on top, alternating purple, yellow and green.
  10. Slice and enjoy!
*can substitute 1 Tbsp. of the butter for 1 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
Recipe by Yummy Healthy Easy at