Brandi Profile - (13020632)

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Home Town: Rockville, Maryland, USA
Living In: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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Super Easy Mardi Gras King Cake
Brandi and Sophie
About this Cook
I am an editor who works from home, and also stays busy taking care of my 5-year-old daughter. I have been a vegetarian for 19 years.
My favorite things to cook
I like to experiment with all types of vegetarian dishes. My favorites are pasta, chili, soup, curry dishes, stir fries, and casseroles.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Super Easy Mardi Gras King Cake
My sister and I wanted to have a Mardi Gras party for our girls, and this cake was the perfect way to make things cheap and simple. I bought 3 cans of cinnamon roll dough from the refrigerated section of the store (with the pizza doughs, crescent rolls, and refrigerated cookie doughs). I just unrolled the strands in each can (mine came in about 6 strands), smashed them together, folded in half and rolled a little. I repeated this with each can, shaped the 3 logs into a ring and smooshed those together, twisted them a little bit, and then baked. It only took me 25 minutes to bake, so do watch the time carefully (I know my oven is a little hotter than most, but I think 50-60 min. might burn for most people). I forgot to cover with foil, but will do so next time. I used the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls, and added food coloring to the 3 tubs of icing to make green, yellow, and purple. I cut a hole in the bottom of the cake, stuck the baby in and filled it back up and iced over the bottom (which did make things messy!) I didn't do as neat a job as I could have, but we were just having fun. Everyone raved about this cake (more so than when I bake from scratch...ahem!). The kids had a blast with it and want to make another cake again soon. I think this cake does not have to be limited to Mardi Gras--my sister said she would like to make this for a brunch (minus the food coloring and plastic baby, of course!). Thanks for the great idea!

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 10, 2011
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1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 26, 2010
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