Giant King Cake Pop-Tart

This festive Mardi Gras mashup is perfect for anyone seeking a lower-effort alternative to homemade king cake. The key to keeping this recipe big and easy is store-bought puff pastry--which encases a gooey cinnamon-sugar filling and is frosted with a decadent cream cheese glaze. So while it's certainly not a traditional king cake, this giant brown sugar-cinnamon tart does offer a similarly flaky, buttery, and sweetly delicious pastry experience. In place of the plastic baby typically that's hidden in a king cake after it's finished baking, you can always tuck an almond or other nut.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
1 9x13-inch tart



  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or more as needed

  • gold, green, and purple sanding sugars


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. Mix brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon, and salt together for the tart in a medium bowl with a fork or clean hands until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

  3. Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl; set aside.

  4. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Place one sheet of puff pastry on the surface; gently pinch the seams of the sheet together. Lightly dust surface of pastry with flour and roll into a 9x13-inch rectangle.

  5. Carefully transfer the puff pastry sheet to the prepared pan and prick the entire surface with a fork. Spread the brown sugar-cinnamon filling all over the puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Use a pastry brush to brush this 1-inch border with egg wash.

  6. Repeat rolling process detailed in step 4 with the second sheet of pastry. Using your rolling pin, carefully place the second sheet of pastry on top of the first, lining up the corners and edges. Seal the two sheets of pastry around the edges by pressing together with the prongs of a fork. Prick the entire surface with a fork and brush all over with egg wash.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

  8. While the tart cools, beat cream cheese and butter together for icing until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Spread the icing over top of the tart. Decorate as desired with sanding sugars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
24g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 5g
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 74mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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