Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

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:

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

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.

Recipe here.


Author: Tiffany

Wife, mother, amateur baker.

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