Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras

Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras  Desserts

The Mardi Gras parades and festivities are in full swing in New Orleans. The first parade was on February 4. When we lived in Panama City, we had our own mini version of Mardi Gras. It was so much fun, and now that we live in Orlando we have a Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Studios that kicks off this weekend.

Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras  Desserts

One of the funnest things I like to make every year is a King Cake. This year, I took a few shortcuts and created these super simple mini ones.

Head over to the Pillsbury website and you can find my step by step guide for how to make these Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras with photos for these mini King Cakes. 

How to make the Best and Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras using Cinnamon Roll Dough

You can easily make these adorable and easy Mini King Cakes by using cinnamon roll dough.

To make mini king cake, unroll 1 cinnamon roll into a dough rope. Then just fold the rope in half lengthwise. Next, twist the dough in a spiral, and shape into a circle. Place on a lined cookie sheet. Repeat to use up rolls, placing 2 inches apart.

Then bake according to package directions, being sure to bake until dough is golden brown. 

When the mini King Cakes are finished baking, ice with the icing included in the can of gough and then decorate with the different colors of sugar: purple, yellow and green. 

If you are feeling extra festive, be sure to also purchase a small baby Jesus doll and hide in one of the rolls. I like to hide the baby Jesus after baking, just to make sure I don’t melt the baby! 

This recipe also appeared on Pillsbury.com

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Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras  Desserts

FAQ about Easy Mini King Cakes Recipe

Do I have to use Grands Pillsbury dough?

I would not recommend it. You need a dough you can unroll.

My rolls didn’t take nearly 25 minutes to bake, what’s wrong?

Package directions have changed since this recipe was created several years ago. 

Can I use a homemade cinnamon roll recipe?

Yes that would be an even better idea! 

Can I use a store brand of cinnamon rolls?

Yes, as long as the dough can be unrolled. 

Where can I find a baby Jesus for this recipe?

Check for a link in the recipe card above to Amazon.com. 

  One Response to “Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras”

  1. Mary S. — January 11, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    can’t wait to try this….I’m a New Orleans native that doesn’t live there now and I think my kids would love this…especially since we love the cinnamon rolls already!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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