Have you had a King Cake before? Picture an uncut cinnamon roll shaped into a circle and plastered with Mardi Gras sprinkles and icing. I don’t remember ever seeing them as a kid, but now see them every year in grocery stores.
My understanding of King Cakes and other Mardi Gras themed stuff is they are part of a pre-Lent celebration. According to the Great Wikipedia:
If this King Cake was the REAL DEAL (which it’s not) it would have a tiny plastic baby representing Jesus hidden inside. Sounds like a recipe for chipping a tooth 😉
I would have loved to get a pic of the whole cake dressed up in Mardi Gras glory, but it was UGLY. This is tasty, though. I doubled the cinnamon it called for and made my own colored sprinkles, which was super easy. Sugar + gel colors + mix with a fork = colored sugar.
I also contemplated skipping the lemon juice in the icing, thinking just a basic powdered sugar vanilla icing would do, but I’m so glad I didn’t! The bright lemon flavor of the icing pairs wonderfully with the cinnamon in the center.