Super easy Mardi Gras king cake

February is so dramatic. There’s just a lot going on with this month. From being Black History Month to being the home of valentines day and sometimes Mardi Gras, February has a lot on its plate. To add to the load is the fact that it’s also the birthday month of a beautiful, unique, and intelligent person.

Not, Rihanna, ME!

Lucky for my twin brother and I we always LOVED (and continue to love) “Mardi Gras time” more than our birthday (disclaimer: Mardi Gras isn’t only one day, its a two week period, and its only boob flashing and peeing in the streets for the 20 somethings who don’t worry about being respectful or accidently cutting up and having their “Mawmaws” homegirl see them. Its actually oriented for kids, kids LOVE Mardi Gras time).

So due to the fact that around my birthday everyone’s minds were consumed with Mardi Gras and I also loved Mardi Gras its logical to conclude that I typically had a Mardi Gras themed birthday. At the center of my birthday was always a king cake.

According to a king cake is an “oval-shaped braided cake similar to a coffee cake which has cinnamon within the braids and is decorated with icing and sugar the colors of gold (God’s power), green (faith in Christ), and purple (Justice of God) – and contains a tiny plastic baby symbolic of the Baby Jesus usually baked within but sometimes
placed within the cake after it has been baked”.

With a king cake if you find the baby you have to bring the next king cake. Nothing will happen to you if you don’t, but everyone will feel some type of way.

Because my king cake also doubled as a birthday cake my Mawmaw made sure that it was extra good. She typically made my king cake from scratch (for bragging rights) but if in a hurry she used this budget friendly hack. It tastes just as good as homemade king cake and is a fraction of the price. It only requires a few ingredients and doesn’t require hours of preparation! I adore this recipe and make it every year. Below are instructions of how I do so:


2 cans of store brought cinnamon roll

1 package of cream cheese

purple,green, and gold sugar

1 small plastic baby or toy optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place cinnamon rolls in a greased bundt pan. Press down on cinnamon rolls with your hand to flatten them slightly.
  1. Bake according to package instructions. Let cool.
  2. Frost with the icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls mixed with the cream cheese. Add yellow, green and purple sugar. Serve immediately or store covered for up to 24 hours at room temperature.

That was super simple! Will you try it?

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