Mardi Gras is less than two weeks away! I can’t really believe it since I feel like I’m still getting out of Christmas mode, but here we are about to start Lent!
I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans my senior year of college with my best friend and I’d love to go back someday as an adult. The parades are phenomenal and everyone was so friendly. Not to mention the amazing food and music.
To remember the occasion, I love to have King Cake – the traditional cake associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras and Carnival. You hide a small plastic baby inside and the person that gets that piece is said to gain extra luck. In the past I have bought a King Cake shipped from New Orleans which was expensive, and I’ve also made them, which is very time consuming. So this year I decided to come up with a super simple recipe to get that King Cake taste with very little work.
I used refrigerated cinnamon rolls and a bundt pan to get the shape and flavor of a King Cake, and I made the frosting using the packets inside the cinnamon roll tubes mixed with a little cream cheese. Then I added the sprinkles. Start to finish this recipe takes about 40 min. It’s delicious as breakfast, a snack, or dessert and looks impressive. Here are a few pictures of the process:
First, I added one layer of cinnamon rolls to the bottom of a greased bundt pan.
Then I added another layer on top of that, staggered.
I mixed up both packages of frosting that came with the cinnamon rolls with 2 ounces of cream cheese. And I did a lot of taste testing because it was so yummy! Try not to eat it all before you frost the cake.
This is how the cake looked when it came out of the oven. Pretty bundt shape of cinnamon rolls but all baked together so you can slice it like a cake.
I added my frosting while the cake was warm and let it melt down. Then I added sprinkles in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and yellow.
My family was excited for me to get finished with these pictures so they could eat some. It did not disappoint!
I hope you’ll give it a try and please let me know how it turns out!
Happy Mardi Gras!
- 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls (not jumbo)
- 2 oz room temperature cream cheese
- Purple, green, and yellow sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease a bundt pan.
- Put first can of rolls in a circle lining the bottom.
- Staggering the rolls, place another layer on top of the first.
- Bake for 25-30 min. (28 min was right for my stoneware bundt pan.)
- Invert cake onto serving dish.
- For frosting, mix packets of frosting from both cinnamon roll packages with 2 ounces of cream cheese.
- Pour onto warm cake and let drizzle down the sides.
- Alternating colors, add sprinkles to cake in sections of purple, green, and yellow.
- Traditional plastic baby shoved inside the cake is optional!