King Cake. I love it so much. Every year around this time, we ate it in High School French class. And Daniel and I ate ALLLLLLLLLLL we could get when we were in NOLA last month. And when I say all we can eat – I mean like 3 pieces over the 3 days we were there. 

And when we got back, I was like..hmmm…I’m going to wait until almost Mardi Gras (as in now) and make a better for you version of this. Although I got my full share of NOLA for awhile, we still thought it was a really cool place. The people were fun (well, most of them), and the food was unbelievable. I have some friends that went right before we did for the Sugar Bowl on New Years Eve/Day, and I know that NOLA left a great impression on them, although they weren’t selling it in the bakeries yet until the weekend we got there. Because of that, I figured everyone would appreciate a little King Cake.

So, last night. I’m going to make this King Cake, and I read that King Cake season is coming to a close. Bummer. It’s served during the parade season leading up to Fat Tuesday(today).

Well, dang. Because of that, I started to not even post this. But it’s all good. And ultimately you have free will to eat King Cake whenever you want to. This is usually how things work for me anyway. I’m usually late to the game, but when I get there, I show up and show out. 

So, with that, I decided to post this little King Cake in a mug. You most likely have 90% of the ingredients in your fridge/pantry anyway – except almond milk, and greek yogurt, and cream cheese???

But first, what is King Cake???

King Cakes can have different forms, customs, and origins. But the ones we saw in NOLA were big pastries(almost like cinnamon rolls), filled with spices and cream cheese frosting, and topped with gold (symbolizes power), purple, (symbolizes justice) and green (symbolizes faith) sprinkles – ya know, nothing super healthy or sustainable for you, but for this moment of time, it fits. It’s King Cake BIYA. These cakes have a figurine hidden inside – aka a baby, which I found out as I did research is to symbolize Baby Jesus. Watch out. The person who gets the baby in their slice (hopefully you don’t choke on or swallow said Baby Jesus figurine) gets to be king/queen for the day. But I think he or she has to bake the new King Cake for the next year, or something like that. Anyway, when you do the research, you’ll see that it has way more going on with it besides mardi gras. And it’s served between Epiphany (end of Christmas) and Lent (starts tomorrow). 

Down in New Orleans, and all along the gulf, the cake is used to represent the carnival season, or Mardi Gras, which we had the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience back in January. 

Anyway, enough with the details! Here’s the recipe! This is a King Cake in a mug. It literally takes 2 minutes to heat up. And it serves ONE. Which means that you don’t have to bake a whole cake and then eat it all yourself and be like, “WHHYYYYYYYY did I do that?” I was going to just use someone else’s recipe, but I couldn’t find one that I loved, so I just experimented and made my own. 

(A Better for You) KING CAKE in a mug (Also, Better Late than Never)

Serves 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients: 

for the cake:

  • 2 tbsp almond milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1 packet of stevia (this does help to make the cake sweeter. I personally didn’t use it, but if you like really sweet, rich desserts, use it to still give it that sweet taste)

  • 2 tbsp coconut flour

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

  • 1 tsp of nutmeg

  • 1 tsp baking powder

for the icing:

  • 1 -1/2 tbsp regular cream cheese

  • 3 tbsp greek yogurt (I usually don’t eat yogurt, so I literally went out and bought a single serving of the grocery store generic brand in lemon, and it was good!

  • Gold, purple, and green sprinkles – optional, but you should probably go for it in this case.

Instructions: 

  • Mix together all of the ingredients for a cake, in the order listed above. Make sure the coconut flour mixes well with the almond milk.

  • Microwave for 2 minutes, and then allow to cool.

  • Mix together ingredients to make icing in a tiny bowl. Whisk cream cheese.

  • Add cream cheese mix to cake. Evenly distribute.

  • Add sprinkles if you want – but you want power (gold), faith (green), and justice (purple), so you’ll add those sprinkles.

  • Eat it up right away

Notes: Don’t be expecting the in your face cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing, sugar coma taste. This is good though – especially for those basics like us that don’t eat ALL the sugar every single day.