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Keto Friendly King Cake!

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Mardi Gras season is upon us, and that means indulging in the festive flavors of the traditional King Cake. But what if you’re following a keto lifestyle and want to enjoy this iconic treat without derailing your progress? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will introduce you to a keto-friendly version of the beloved King Cake. With a few simple ingredient swaps and a touch of creativity, you can savor the flavors of this festive dessert while staying true to your low-carb goals. Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras in style with a guilt-free and delicious keto-friendly King Cake!

So there are times that it becomes obvious to me just how deeply Louisiana culture has pushed into my personality, even though I haven’t lived there in many years now!

What kind of things you say?

Like when it’s cold, I want Gumbo, including potato salad. And in late January, I start wanting King Cake in time for Mardi Gras!

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is a huge celebration that takes place in the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a cultural phenomenon that brings people from all walks of life together to eat, drink, and let the good times roll! The streets are filled with vibrant parades, colorful floats, and people decked out in extravagant costumes and masks. Beads are flying through the air, and everyone is dancing to the infectious rhythms of jazz and zydeco music. It’s a time to indulge in delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, like gumbo and king cake, and to embrace the spirit of joy and revelry. So, if you ever find yourself in Louisiana during Mardi Gras season, get ready to experience a party like no other! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

What is a King Cake?

Alright, let’s talk about the deliciousness that is a King Cake in Louisiana! Picture this: a sweet, doughy pastry that’s twisted into a ring and covered in vibrant colored icing. But wait, there’s more! The real magic of a King Cake lies inside. It’s filled with a variety of mouthwatering flavors like cinnamon, cream cheese, or even fruity jams. And let’s not forget about the best part – the hidden surprise! Yep, there’s a tiny plastic baby tucked away inside the cake. Whoever finds it in their slice is crowned the King or Queen of the party and gets to host the next gathering. It’s a tradition that brings people together, sparks friendly competition, and most importantly, satisfies our sweet tooth cravings.

And trust me, I LOVE a good King Cake. But I DON’T love the HUGE amount of sugar that in a typical serving! So I wanted to make my own Keto Friendly option! With this Keto Friendly King Cake recipe, you can enjoy your King Cake – WITHOUT the sugar!

Keto Friendly King Cake Recipe

Keto Friendly King Cake Dough


2 cups mozzarella cheese part skim, shredded

3 ounces cream cheese

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 tsp vanilla liquid stevia

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

1/4 cup Stevia cup for cup sugar replacement 

Cinnamon “Sugar” Topping


1/4 cup butter melted

1/4 cup Stevia cup for cup sugar replacement 

1 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting


3 tbsp heavy cream

3 ounces cream cheese

2 tbsp Stevia cup for cup sugar replacement

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 Keto Friendly King Cake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the mozzarella and cream cheese and melt together for 1 minute in a microwave or over the stove on low heat. Stir. Heat for another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.

Add the remaining king cake dough ingredients, incorporate as much as possible. I used a food processor and it worked great!

Roll the dough on a piece of parchment paper. Make a rectangle shape. About 12 by 16 inches.

Combine the melted butter, sugar free sweetener and cinnamon. Mix well to combine, spread onto the rectangle of dough. Roll up dough like a jelly roll. Use parchment paper to help with stickiness.

Bake 15-18 minutes. While it is baking, make the frosting.

Add the frosting ingredients into a mixer and mix until smooth.

Once king cake is out of the oven. Let Set to cool. Then, spread the frosting over the top and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Hi Angela,

    Love this recipe. I’m wondering if there is some way to add a cream cheese and strawberry filling? Any ideas?

    • Hi Joelle! Thanks for stopping by!

      Yes for sure you can add a filling, you’d want to bake it then after it’s rested and cool you’d have to pipe in the filling through the sides. I have just put it on top typically!

      let me know how it turns out!

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