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Be the King of your Mardi Gras celebration with some of our favorite Creole and Cajun recipes that will have your guests saying, "let the good times roll!"

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By courtneyepowell

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (30 Votes)
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Servings 10
Preparation time 60
Cooking time 120

  • CAKE:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Small plastic toy baby
  • FILLING:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk
  • Gold, green, and purple colored sugar

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