How To Make a Vegan King Cake (with my mom!)

Happy Mardi Gras, y’all! I’ve been making a homemade vegan king cake every Mardi Gras for the past 3 years. I thought this would be a great year to share my recipe since all of the parades and other Mardi Gras events have been canceled due to Covid-19 (**cue the tears**). What better way to spend Mardi Gras Covid Edition than at home making a homemade king cake with your loved ones?! And that’s exactly what I did this year! It was so fun and special to get to make this year’s king cake with my mom – I certainly laughed more than I do when I make it alone!

Below is my vegan king cake recipe I’ve been using for the past 3 years. You can also check out the vide of my mom and I making the king cake below.

Please note that the recipe below is for TWO king cakes.

Dough

  • 6 cups of flour
  • 2 packets of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups room temp water
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 applesauce
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 stick of vegan butter
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese

Filling

  • 2/3 organic brown sugar (regular brown sugar can contain bone char. You could also use brown coconut sugar instead)
  • 4 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cane sugar (white sugar will work as well but this may not be vegan – this is explained in the video)
  • 1 stick vegan stick butter

Icing

  • 2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp almond milk
  • Purple, Green, and Gold sprinkles

Instructions: 

  1. Combine flax seed with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water. Stir and set aside. This will be your flax “egg.” 
  2. Heat pot over low medium heat. Add the butter and cream cheese until melted. 
  3. Add active yeast and a table spoon of sugar to a 1/2 cup of room temp water and let sit for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and salt to the melted butter and cream cheese and stir to combine. 
  5. Stir in 1 cup of milk and remove from the heat. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. 
  6. Once cool, add the yeast mixture, apple sauce and flax “egg.” 
  7. Mix in a mixer for 5 minutes on low. Slowly add all 6 cups of flour in while mixing. (If you do not have a mixer, you can do this part by hand).
  8. Grease a large bowl with butter and let dough sit in the bowl for 2 hours. It’s important to not let it sit for over 2 hours as it will over-prove.
  9. When the 2 hours is up, combine 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2/3 cup of cane sugar, and 4 tablespoons of cinnamon. 
  10. Melt 1 stick of butter. 
  11. Punch the dough some (demonstrated in video lol). 
  12. Cut the dough in half. Place half the dough on a large floured surface. Flip on both sides so that it is all floured. 
  13. Roll the dough out to a rectangle measuring 2.5 foot by 1.5 foot 
  14. Spread melted butter on dough. You should have some left over to put on top of the king cake before baking. 
  15. Spread cinnamon sugar mix all over the dough. 
  16. Roll the dough similar to if you were making cinnamon rolls (this is also demonstrated in the video). 
  17. Place parchment paper on a pan then spray with cooking spray 
  18. Place dough on parchment paper, connect the ends and tuck the bottom. 
  19. Pinch the ends all around so that it’s sealed. 
  20. Cover with a damp towel and let sit for 40 minutes. 
  21. Preheat oven to 350. 
  22. When the 40 minutes is up, reheat the melted butter and spread on top of the king cake. 
  23. Bake for 30-40 minutes (30 minutes is plenty of time for my over, so keep a close eye on it. It is ready when it is a light golden color).
  24. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of milk to a bowl and mix. 
  25. When the King cake is out of the oven, you will want to work quickly. Spread the icing in sections, sprinkling a different color on each iced section and move on. You want to make sure you get the sections sprinkled before the sugar cools. 
  26. Let cool and enjoy! Best served when sharing with friends and family – you can safely share with others by dropping it off at their doorstep with a sweet note!

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