King Cake NW Arkansas Style

We can’t get authentic King Cake here in Northwest Arkansas. Sure, I can have one shipped but it is expensive and never as good as a fresh New Orleans King Cake.

So we improvise. I have experience in improvising all things NOLA from when my family lived abroad in the UK and Hong Kong.

Well, I’m no longer abroad, but I am still not home. Home for me will always be Louisiana. I’m raising my kids with that thought and so, we continue to celebrate our heritage, culture and love of our home, New Orleans.

In the past, I have made my own brioche dough and done the king cake all authenticly. But now, I’m a mom of 4 and, I ain’t got time for that.

Insert canned cinnamon rolls for the win.

I used 2 cans of refrigerator small cinnamon rolls. I made my own colored sugar in the food processor using regaular white sugar.

The steps are simple and outlined below in pictures. Now you can celebrate Mardi Gras too, wherever you live.

Unroll the rolls and braid

Coat the pan with nonstick spray and layer the braided sections
Use a food processor to make regular sugar thin and soft, add food coloring as you go
Bake the bread as the package instructs for regular rolls
Pop it out and drizzle the frosting on top
Add your Purple, Green and Gold sugar

Enjoy!
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