Cream Cheese Filled King Cake

The King Cake is a time honored Mardi Gras tradition. Did you know that people from all over the world order King Cakes each year online? Those that live in the south, can’t wait for the stores and bakeries to put them out on the shelves shortly after Christmas. What if I told you can make a Mardi Gras King Cake With Cream Cheese Filling right in your own kitchen? Yes my friend, you certainly can!!!


Celebrate the season with this delicious and festive Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling!

These delectable cakes start with delicious bread dough and come with all kinds of unique fillings from sweet to savory, so feel free to experiment with your own favorite flavors. Maybe you’d like to add some cherries to the cream cheese, or maybe just cherries and no cream cheese? Strawberries, chocolate chips, nuts, caramel, the sky’s the limit. If you want some advice on altering the fillings, please leave your questions in the comments and I will be glad to help!

OK now, let’s get started making your very own Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling! This recipe starts with my grandmother’s yeast roll dough. Plan to prepare the dough first and refrigerate it overnight, or for a minimum of four to six hours. You can find that recipe here.
 Celebrate the season with this delicious and festive Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling!


I sometimes use a store bought frosting, just to save a little time. You can check with the bakery at your favorite grocery store to see if they will sell you a little or you could always make your own, just to keep the recipe “from scratch”. It doesn’t have to be cream cheese frosting any type will do!
This recipe will make a very large king cake. I recommend dividing the dough in half to make two smaller king cakes or halving the recipe to make one. If you do make the larger cake, you will need to bake it for longer to ensure it is cooked through.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Remember, if you have any questions you have concerning this or any of my other recipes, please let me know!

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Mardi Gras Cream Cheese Filled King Cake


    This recipe will make two rainbow cakes
    For the Dough: 1 batch of Yeast Roll Dough
    For the Filling:
  • 2 8-oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • For the Topping:
  • 12-16 oz. cream cheese frosting (you can make your own or buy it premade)
  • Sugar sprinkles- Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Purple, Pink-whatever your favorite colors of the rainbow are!


  1. Make a batch of Mimi's Yeast Roll Dough -Recipe here and refrigerate as directed. After the dough has been refrigerated for at least 4 hours you can begin to make your St. Patrick's Day Cake.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. If making two rainbow cakes, divide the dough in two.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle to ¼ inch thickness.
  5. Spread the filling mixture over the entire dough rectangle. If you are making two cakes, spread half of the mixture over each dough rectangle.
  6. Roll into a jelly roll, then form a half circle or rainbow shape.
  7. Place the cake on parchment paper lined pan. Cover with a cloth, and place in a warm area to rise for two hours.
  8. Bake cake(s) at 375-400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Spread cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake(s), then sprinkle with sugar crystals in your favorite rainbow colors.
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Celebrate the season with this delicious and festive Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling!


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