Welcome, Mardi Gras 2017!
We’ve been waiting for you to arrive, and we’re ready to take you by storm!
We’ve all got our family traditions that we celebrate with on Fat Tuesday. It could be a special dinner out, drinks and appetizers with friends, or a cozy family night by the fire.
One of the most beloved traditions is the making and eating of the King’s Cake (maybe even with a trinket inside, which is supposed to bring the recipient good luck throughout the year.) Did you know that the recipient of the trinket is also (traditionally) responsible to provide the King’s Cake the next year?
Now, the typical (and early versions) of the cake call for twisted strands of dough, sprinkled with cinnamon and decorated with green, gold, and purple colored sugar.
If the thought of all that work sends you running for the hills, don’t worry at all, we’ve got you covered!
How about a delicious King’s Cake that can be prepped and made in 15 minutes with no special baking skills required? You’d probably think, “There’s no way.” Guess what? WAY!
And we’ve upped the ante on this one with a smooth cream cheese and blueberry filling (because we’re kinda partial to berries and all of the yumminess and health benefits they provide.)
Here’s what you need:
Blueberry King’s Cake
1 Angel Food Cake, prepped and baked according to the box instructions.
16 ounces softened Cream Cheese
½ cup Confectioner’s Sugar
2 cups fresh blueberries (or thawed if you can only find our frozen berries.)
1 teaspoon Orange Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
For the Glaze
2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
¼ cup Half and Half
Colored Sugar (purple, yellow, green, gold, or a color of your choice!)
In a mixer, cream the cream cheese until softened and creamy. Add the Blueberries, extracts and sugar and blend well.
Slice the angel food cake in half about ¼-inch from the top.
Hollow out the inside of the bottom half of the cake, making about a 1-inch moat. Fill the moat with the cream cheese filling.
Place the top half back on the cake.
Make the glaze by stirring the half and half and the confectioner’s sugar until smooth.
With a spoon, ladle the glaze onto the top of the cake.
Immediately shake the colored sugars onto the cake in pie-shaped sections.
So how delicious (and easy) does this sound?
We’d love to hear about your ventures with this cake, or about your family traditions, please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page!
From our family to yours, we wish you a festive and safe Mardi Gras!
The HBF Family
(Photos courtesy of wildblueberries.com)