Laissez les bon temps rouler! Translated, that means “let the good times roll”, and that’s exactly what will happen when you present this beautiful peanut butter filled King Cake.

To the uninitiated, King Cake is a New Orleans tradition which proliferates early in the year, particularly between the Epiphany and Mardi Gras, that necessary bit of excess and naughty goodness before the solemn days of Lent. The cake itself is made with an enriched, slightly sweet brioche-style dough, simultaneously feathery in texture and buttery-rich in flavor. It’s typically topped with a simple confectioners’ sugar icing, and if filled, it’s often with a cream cheese or praline mixture. But this version is perfect for peanut butter lovers, because it’s filled with an entire jars’ worth of Smooth Operator peanut butter (go ahead, have an OMG moment). It’s a cake that is as good for breakfast as it is for dessert, so go ahead and eat it all day long!

Don’t forget the festive garnishes: this cake is decorated with traditional purple, green and gold carnival colors which represent justice, faith and power (respectively), and has a secret hidden inside: a “feve”, or a trinket (often an uncooked bean, or a tiny baby figurine) hidden inside of the cake. Whoever finds the trinket is officially crowned king of the party, but with great power comes great responsibility: they’re also responsible for supplying the cake next time!

Peanut Butter King Cake