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King Cake Bars

Rich King Cake Bars for Mardi Gras

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These king cake bars are perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration. With the combination of rum, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon they will be a hit with everyone. Do you celebrate Mardi Gras in your home? Have you gone to Mardi Gras in NOA in the past?
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7 servings
Calories 1299 kcal


Cake Bars Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

Glaze Ingredients


For the Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a 9x10 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Add the butter and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.
  • Mix to combine on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Reduce the speed to low, add in the flour, salt, and lemon juice.
  • Mix to combine until a soft dough ball forms.
  • Take ⅔ of the dough and press it evenly into the lined pan.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is a golden brown.


  • In a medium bowl add all of the filling ingredients and toss until pecans are evenly covered.
  • Remove the bottom crust from the oven once baked, pour the pecan filling on top and spread all over the crust.
  • Carefully roll out the remaining 1/3 of the dough and place it on top of the filling.
  • Bake until the top layer is a golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow cool to room temperature.

For the Glaze:

  • Combine the powdered sugar, rum , milk and vanilla and whisk together until you have a smooth glaze
  • Sprinkle all colored sugar on top and enjoy!


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 1299kcalCarbohydrates: 151gProtein: 9gFat: 75gSaturated Fat: 39gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 700mgPotassium: 227mgFiber: 4gSugar: 100gVitamin A: 1845IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 4mg
Keyword king cake, mardi gras cake,, rum cake
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