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Easy King Cake

Easy King Cake is a semi-homemade version of the traditional Mardis Gras dessert, made with canned cinnamon rolls and colored sugar.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

If you’re a fan of Mardis Gras, then you’ve most likely heard of the famous King Cake. For those of you that aren’t familiar, let me explain. Mardis Gras actually means Fat Tuesday in French and it’s the day before Ash Wednesday when the Christian Lenten season of fasting begins. If you take part in Lent, then you will be “fasting” or giving up fatty foods until Easter. Mardis Gras is the last day to indulge in extravagant foods and many people like to enjoy King Cake. Especially in New Orleans.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

I love making homemade yeast breads since baking is my passion, but I’m also a busy mom and sometimes (a lot of the time), I simply don’t have the time. This Easy King Cake is a quick and simple version. But I promise, it is still just as tasty! My kids absolutely LOVE it and I’ve been making it this way for many years.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

The secret to this recipe is that I used canned cinnamon rolls which includes the frosting. So there are actually just 2 ingredients when you add the colored sugar!

I used Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls with Butter Cream Icing. Although this is not a sponsored post, it’s important to use this kind, if you can find them because they are actually rolled cinnamon rolls. The other ones on the market are more like biscuits with cinnamon sugar topping and they won’t work as well for this recipe.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

This is how the cinnamon rolls looks when you first take them out of the package.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

Then you will simply press them down, so they look more like flattened oval shapes.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

Place the flattened cinnamon rolls on their sides in a circular pattern on a greased or silicone mat lined, large cookie sheet.
Here are silicone mats similar to the one I used on Amazon (affiliate):

And here’s the type of pan I used (affiliate):

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

Bake according to package instructions. I baked mine at 375°F for about 12 minutes. Let it cool.

Note: Some people like to hide a little plastic Baby Jesus somewhere inside their King Cake. When I made this cake, I didn’t have a baby to put inside. But if you do have one, then you can cut a little hole somewhere in the baked King Cake and stick the plastic baby inside. It’s fun when you serve it to see who will get the Baby Jesus. There are different theories on the meaning of this. Some say the person who gets the baby will have good luck all year. I also read that, in New Orleans, it means that you will be the person to make the King Cake next year.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

Frost with the butter cream icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls. Then add colored sugar in green, yellow and purple – the colors of Mardis Gras.

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

Slice and enjoy!

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

Isn’t it pretty? I just love colorful, sweet foods!

Are you celebrating Mardis Gras this year? If so, I highly recommend this Easy King Cake! And if you want to add a baby, you can probably find one at your local craft store. You could also ask your grocery store bakery if they have one you could buy.

Does anyone know the meaning of the Baby Jesus in the King Cake? I would love to hear your thoughts. What does it mean if you get the baby in your slice of King Cake? Let me know in the comments and Happy Mardis Gras!

Easy King Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cans store-bought cinnamon rolls (I used Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls with Butter Cream Icing)
  • Yellow, green and purple sugar
  • 1 plastic toy baby, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place cinnamon rolls sideways on a large cookie sheet that has been greased or lined with a silicone mat. Arrange cinnamon rolls in a circular pattern. It should look like a flower when you're done. Press down on cinnamon rolls with your hand to flatten them slightly.
  3. Bake according to package instructions. Let cool.
  4. Frost with the buttercream that comes with the cinnamon rolls. Add yellow, green and purple sugar. Serve immediately or store covered for up to 24 hours at room temperature. It is best when eaten the first day.
https://www.momlovesbaking.com/easy-king-cake/

King Cake made from canned Cinnamon rolls

3 Responses to Easy King Cake

  1. Happy Mardi Gras! Our schools are out next Monday and Tuesday for Mardi Gras—which originated in the United States in our lovely Mobile, Alabama! I’m on my way to a parade tonight as a matter of fact. The Baby represents Jesus (because Mardi Gras is all about leading up to Lent) and the tradition is, that whoever finds the baby in their slice of cake has to host the next party! I just bought a big bag of babies today and will send you some. Love your idea!

  2. Great way to make the cake! I blog about trying to host when I have no time, so I love any idea that I might actually be able to accomplish. We have friends down in New Orleans, but we’re moving next weekend so no time for Mardi Gras this year. Definitely saving this recipe for next year though!

  3. Vasu v says:

    Wow its so color full i think the taste will also be so nice and it will be so yummy

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