Break tradition this year by making and serving a festive green, gold, and purple King Cake Roll for Mardi Gras. This fun dessert is filled with cream cheese fluff and each slice reveals colorful stripes of cake.
Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration?
The parades, the parties, and the beads. It all makes for a very festive celebration. So, when I set out to create a new version of a King Cake, I knew it had to be just as colorful and exciting.
I kept the purple, gold, and green colors but used them to create striped cake rolls which I filled with fluffy filling.
You can still have fun hiding a plastic baby or bean inside like they do with traditional King Cakes. When you cut the cake, the person who finds the hidden surprise will be blessed with good fortune all year. Everyone else will get a slice with colorful stripes, which is almost as exciting.
Line two 10x15 sheet trays (¼ sheet pans) with parchment paper sprayed with non-stick baking spray or with non-stick tin foil.
Beat your eggs using an electric mixer on medium speed for about six minutes until the eggs become pale yellow. You want the eggs to fall in a ribbon when the beaters are lifted out of the bowl.
Add the white cake mix, water, and oil and beat on low for 30 seconds.
Then, increase the speed to medium and beat for 60 seconds.
Divide the cake batter equally among 3 bowls.
Color one bowl of batter using purple food coloring or a blend of red and blue food coloring.
Then color another bowl of batter using green food coloring, and another using yellow.
Pour each color of batter into a pastry bag or zip-top bag.
Pipe stripes in thin layers of the colored cake batter at an angle across one of the baking pans.
Start with a purple stripe, then add yellow, then green. Then repeat until the pan is filled.
Do the same for the second baking pan.
Bake for about 10 minutes, until the cakes spring back when touched.
Flip the cakes out of their pans, peel off the parchment or foil.
Flip the cake out onto a clean piece of parchment paper and immediately roll up the cake along with the parchment paper.
Tape the ends to secure the roll and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then refrigerate for one hour.
Just before the cakes are ready to come out of the refrigerator, mix together the frosting and whipped topping.
When the cakes are ready, carefully unroll them, peeling the parchment away. Spread half of the frosting over top of each cake and re-roll.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, then cut into slices.
Head on over to Tablespoon.com to check out the recipe to make your own Mardi Gras King Cake Roll.
But before you go, check out these other fun Mardi Gras party ideas.
Pastry Crowns filled with Cheesecake Mousse and Glazed Bananas • Dazzling Diamond Beignets
King Cake Jelly Shots • Chocolate Truffle Beads • Mardi Gras Muffuletta
• Mardi Gras High Hat Cupcakes • Mardi Gras Gumbo topped with Crowns and Masks
Have fun making your King Cake Roll for Mardi Gras.