Monday, February 23, 2009

Quick and Easy Mardi Gras King Cake

Here is one more recipe for making a King Cake tomorrow. I am sure it won't be quite as beautiful or delicious as this one, but if your life has been anything like mine lately, quick and easy might just be necessary!

  • One package ready-to-bake canned cinnamon rolls (8 rolls) with icing (This can be doubled to make a larger cake!)
  • Green, Purple, and Yellow decorating sprinkles/sugar crystals


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Open canned cinnamon rolls and separate into individual rolls. Take one individual roll and unroll it to full length. Fold full length of dough in half. Twist (or braid) rope and place on cooking pan. Twist (or braid) second rope and place on the cooking pan end-to-end with the first rope. Continue adding twisted sections of dough until you have made a complete circle. Using your hands, gently move circle of dough into an oval for a more traditional King Cake shape.

Place King Cake into 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove King Cake from oven when it is nice and golden brown.

Before the King Cake begins to cool, spoon a generous amount of icing over the top and sides. Immediately after icing your King Cake, sprinkle the icing with a combination of the purple, gold, and green crystal sprinkles.

Note: You could also use this recipe to make mini king cakes! Follow the directions above, but instead of connecting each of the individual cinnamon rolls together, form the twisted (or braided) roll into a small circle pinching the ends to close. Also, be sure to place the "cakes" far enough apart so that they do not touch on a greased cookie sheet or baking pan.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wanted to make a king cake but felt very bad about not having the time, counter space or ingredients to make a "real" one.

  2. I was just wondering if there was a way to make King's Cake out of cinnamon rolls. Thanks for the recipe. My boys are going to have so much fun sprinkling the already made icing and it's easier to get the ingreds so last minute.

  3. I am a New Orleans girl now living in the heart of Cajun coutnry where Mardi Gras and king cake are both still a big deal...and even with all the choices available, this simple recipe is still my kids favorite version...I use the rolls that come with cream cheese glaze and let the kids each sprinkle their own colored sugars over the top.
    This is what we will have even as the Mardi Gras parade lines up in our front yard tomorrow!

  4. Made it this morning. Perfect! Thank you so much.

  5. Hi Jessica. I'm so glad you shared the idea of the mini king cakes with us. The kids made these for dessert tonight and they turned out soooo cute!

    Blessings to you and your precious family, Lori