Giant King Cake Pop-Tart®
This festive Mardi Gras mashup is perfect for anyone seeking a lower-effort alternative to homemade king cake. The key to keeping this recipe big and easy is store-bought puff pastry--which encases a gooey cinnamon-sugar filling, and is frosted with a decadent cream cheese glaze. So while it's certainly not a traditional king cake, this giant brown sugar-cinnamon tart does offer a similarly flaky, buttery, and sweetly delicious pastry experience. In place of the plastic baby typically that's hidden in a king cake after it's finished baking, you can always tuck an almond or other nut.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¼teaspoon salt
- 1large egg
- 1tablespoon water
- 1(17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 4ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1tablespoon milk, or more as needed
- gold, green, and purple sanding sugars
Step 1Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
Step 2Mix brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon, and salt together for the tart in a medium bowl with a fork or clean hands until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Step 3Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl; set aside.
Step 4Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Place one sheet of puff pastry on the surface; gently pinch the seams of the sheet together. Lightly dust surface of pastry with flour and roll into a 9x13-inch rectangle.
Step 5Carefully transfer the puff pastry sheet to the prepared pan and prick the entire surface with a fork. Spread the brown sugar-cinnamon filling all over the puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Use a pastry brush to brush this 1-inch border with egg wash.
Step 6Repeat rolling process detailed in step 4 with the second sheet of pastry. Using your rolling pin, carefully place the second sheet of pastry on top of the first, lining up the corners and edges. Seal the two sheets of pastry around the edges by pressing together with the prongs of a fork. Prick the entire surface with a fork and brush all over with egg wash.
Step 7Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 8While the tart cools, beat cream cheese and butter together for icing until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Spread the icing over top of the tart. Decorate as desired with sanding sugars.