Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling

A new and easy way to make the venerable cake
Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling

Last Updated on February 16, 2021

Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling

Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling

Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling was my first attempt at the venerable cake. Usually, this is a yeast cake, but I had puff pastry and almond filling on hand. This cake is very rich so a little bit goes a long way. Although the cake seems hard to make, it’s actually very easy.

I love to bake, but sometimes, shortcuts are the way to go. I used two short cuts, puff pastry from the frozen section in my supermarket, and almond paste from the baking section.

Dog looking at almond paste dachshund not eaten by dog.

Oscar eyeing the almond paste dachshund – Spane ate it, not Oscar.

I love marzipan and almond paste.  Marzipan is great for making figurines.  I’ve made several sweets with marzipan and almond paste.  I formed a little dachshund to represent Oscar when I made this.

Both almond paste and marzipan are made of almonds.  If you have a nut allergy – STOP!

About the Puff Pastry King Cake

I will admit that I am relatively lazy.  I could make my own almond paste from blanched almonds and sugar, but it’s easier for me to get the tube of almond paste at the supermarket.  Maybe someday, when I have a lot of almonds for some reason, I’ll make my own – and I promise that there will be a post about that, too.

On that theme of laziness, I could also be using my own puff pastry, but that is another thing I’m looking forward to making, and, as Fr. Shea used to say about going to Heaven, “Not today, Lord, not today.”  The puff pastry in the freezer section of your supermarket is fine for this application.

It’s not Mardi Gras without the traditional colors, gold, green and purple. Purple stands for Justice, Green for Faith, and Gold for Power. But, you know, for me, I love the combination of almond and chocolate, so this King cake has a chocolate ganache as well the colored glaze over it.

I hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful Easter season.

Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling

Puff Pastry King Cake

A new and easy way to make the venerable cake
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Decorating: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American South, French
Difficulty: Moderate
Newsletter: 2021-01-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 12
Calories: 412kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry

~~ For the Almond Filling ~~

  • 1/4 cup almond paste
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Bread crumbs, or cake crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

~~ For Decoration ~~

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gold sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 drops gel food dye, purple
  • 3 drops gel food dye, green

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F / 177 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the pastry from its container and wrapper and let it defrost on the counter for 40 minutes.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • While you are waiting for the dough to defrost, make the filling. Put almond paste, sugar, egg, salt, bread crumbs, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a food processor.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • Run the processor until the paste forms a ball. Let it sit until the pastry is thawed. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough out and remove the fold mark.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • Put the almond paste in the middle of the dough.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • Spread the paste evenly on the dough, leaving the two sides clear.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • Bend the tube until it forms a wheel. Make notches in the dough in twelve intervals, one for each serving. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. Remove from the oven, let them sit for 5 minutes, then put them on a rack to cool.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • While the cake is baking, separate the sugar into three small bowls. Add just enough milk to each to make a thick glaze. Add more sugar if it's too thin. Add purple dye to one bowl and green to another. Mix the colors in thoroughly. Leave the last one alone.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until it is nicely melted. Don't burn it and don't add anything to it. Drizzle the three glazes over the cake in a nice pattern. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the glazes and sprinkle the gold sugar overall. Enjoy.
    Puff Pastry King Cake with Almond Filling

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Puff Pastry King Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 488mg21%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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