Mardi Gras is in 3 days!!
I have never had a slice of King Cake. I very vaguely understand the concept, it’s very similar to a rice pudding we eat on Christmas Eve with a single almond in it. Find the baby/almond, have good luck.
I’ve never found the almond. Ever.
I have, however, been to New Orleans a few times, never for Mardi Gras, but I have seen the effects of partying in the French Quarter the next day. Beads hanging from everything, trash in the gutters, that weird smell…
I’m doing myself a favor and staying home for Mardi Gras this year, and celebrating with my crazy little family the best way we know how. TREATS!
Every year I make Oreo Truffles for Christmas (I promise to share my recipes this year, OK?) and I figured why should December get all the fun when I can make a Mardi Gras version of Oreo Truffles in March! It’s the last hurrah before Lent starts (but I am not Catholic, so meh) so why not go out with a BANG!
A traditional King Cake is served at Mardi Gras, and decorated with the traditional colors or green, purple and gold. A trinket, usually a baby, to represent Baby Jesus, is baked inside and whoever finds it, hosts the next party or brings the next King Cake. I’m just gonna say it’s good luck and leave it at that.
Instead of making a giant cinnamon roll type cake, I plan on making cinnamon oreo truffles!
You will need;
1 package of Golden Oreos, or Golden Birthday Cake Oreos (we used the birthday cake ones for extra “cake” flavor!)
1 brick of cream cheese
1 plastic baby (usually found in the “Baby Shower” aisle of craft stores)
Candy melts in White, Green, Purple and Yellow
Start by crushing the oreos in a food processer, until crumbs. Add cinnamon, like a lot, 1or 2 tbsp at least. Add cream cheese, a bit at a time, until it forms a large ball.
Roll the “dough” into small balls. Place the plastic baby inside one ball. Place in the freezer to set.
While the balls are setting up, melt the white melts in a double boiler on the stove. I try to avoid using the microwave like a plague, because I have NEVER successfully melted chocolate without scorching it. Ever.
Once melted, dip the balls in to coat and let them cool on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue with remaining balls.
Once all the balls have been dipped and cooled, melt each addition color, and drizzle over the balls for the “King Cake” effect.
Serve and Enjoy! Mardi Gras beads optional!
What are your plans for Mardi Gras? Are you going big!? Are you giving anything up for Lent?