Like so many other Mardi Gras treats, king cake is one delicious Mardi Gras food that isn't so easy on the waistline. Just one slice of this "sinful" cake weighs in at a whopping 500 calories and 15 grams of fat. Fortunately there's a way to have your cake and eat it too — by making a lighter version of the traditional Mardi Gras king cake.
This king cake recipe is made with applesauce and oil instead of butter and is filled with light cream cheese, so this moist, flavorful cake only tastes indulgent! Plus, the addition of flaky coconut in the filling gives this cake an almost tropical flavor. And let's be serious — the fewer calories you eat means the more calories you can drink, which is what Mardi Gras is all about anyway! (That and faltering morals, of course.)
Recipe adapted from Baking Bites
For the cake
For the filling
For the icing
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/5/2016
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