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Mardi Gras King Cake

We hope you enjoy this Mardi Gras King Cake.

The king cake is named for the biblical kings. It celebrates the visit of the Magi to Christ. The cake is served at king cake parties during the Carnival season which begins on the Twelfth Night of Christmas and lasts until Fat Tuesday. A plastic baby, to represent baby Jesus, is baked into the cake. Whoever gets the piece with the baby is king for the day, and they have to host the next king cake party. Some cultures will have a party every week during the Carnival season.


  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¾ Butter, Melted
  • 1 16.3 Oz Package Refrigerated Flakey Layer Biscuits, 8 Count
  • Red, Blue, Yellow & Green Food Coloring
  • 2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract


Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees. Spray Bottom of 9” Deep Dish Pie Plate with Cooking Spray.

Combine ½ Cup Sugar and Cinnamon in a Bowl & Mix Well. Sprinkle over the Pie Dish.

Add Butter in a Bowl.

Separate the Biscuits into 3 Layers and Dip Each Piece in the Melted Butter. Place 1 Layer of Biscuits on the Bottom of the Pie Plate. Sprinkle with the Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture. Top with Another Layer of Biscuits and Repeat. Top with the Remaining Butter.

Bake for 20 – 25 Minutes.

Cool for 5 Minutes, then Place on a Serving Platter to Cool Completely.

Place the Remaining Sugar in 3 Small Resealable Bags. Add 5 Drops of Red & 5 Drops of Blue Food Coloring into 1 Bag to Make Purple. Add 6 Drops of Yellow Food Coloring into Another Bag. Add 6 Drops of Green Food Coloring into the Last Bag. Make Sure the Food Coloring Covers the Sugar Well.

In a Bowl Combine the Confectioners’ Sugar, Water and Vanilla. Spread the Mixture over the Cake then Sprinkle with the Colored Sugar to Decorate.


Click the link below for a video about this recipe and the king cake tradition.


Mardi Gras King Cake

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