Carnival Coffee Cake

Carnival Coffee Cake

In Louisiana, the holiday season doesn’t end with New Year’s Eve. Carnival takes over after January 6, and festivities last well through February (or March, depending on the year). And with the season comes an influx of parties, houseguests, and hungry parade-goers. While not a traditional king cake, this delicious, easy, and economical look-alike, sent by reader Lisa Kirk, is festive and can be put together in a snap.

Carnival Coffee Cake
Serves 8
The Carnival Coffee Cake is an easy and festive alternative to King Cake.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (8-ounce) cans crescent roll dough
  2. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  3. 2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
  4. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  6. 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
  7. ½ cup chopped pecans
  8. 2 tablespoons whole milk
  9. Colored Sugars, recipe follows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Unroll and divide crescent rolls into triangles. Place pieces around the edge of an 11-inch round baking dish, overlapping pieces with the points of the dough hanging over the dish. Press seams of all pieces together to seal.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla. Spread onto dough. Place apple slices on cream cheese mixture. Add cinnamon sugar and chopped pecans. Fold the points of dough over the filling, and tuck under the bottom of the dough, to create a ring shape. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and milk. Spoon glaze over top of cake, and sprinkle with Colored Sugars.
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Colored Sugars
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ cups coarse sugar, divided
  2. Yellow food coloring
  3. Green food coloring
  4. Purple food coloring
Instructions
  1. In 3 resealable plastic bags, place ½ cup sugar per bag. Add 3 to 4 drops yellow food coloring to one bag, seal, and shake until evenly coated. Add more food coloring, if necessary, to achieve desired color. Repeat with green and purple food coloring in the remaining 2 bags.
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