Mardi Gras King Cake: Let the Good Times Roll

February 13th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) with a sweet confection that instantly turns any party into a proper Bourbon Street blowout. The classic Mardi Gras King Cake is a sweet brioche confection decorated in the traditional purple, gold and green colors of New Orleans’ world-famous “Fat Tuesday” celebration. There are many customs associated with the King Cake, including the belief that it must not be served before Carnival (lest it rain on Mardi Gras) and that luck will come to whoever finds the little baby figurine hidden within the cake. If you’re looking to try your luck this Shrove Tuesday, we’ve collected a krewe of sweets that you can parade from party to potluck.

Mardi Gras Trifle by Cook Craft Love

For a little bit of bon temps that packs a big punch, try the trifle from Cook. Craft. Love., which combines the visual appeal of brightly colored cake with creamy white layers of frosting, all in a tiny shot glass presentation that brings the party right to your mouth.

King Cake Truffles by Take Two Tapas

These adorable round Mardi Gras truffles from Take Two Tapas are just what the doctor ordered! The simple recipe can be whipped up quickly and decorated with festive colored sugar or sprinkles, for a bite-size, no-bake alternative that’s an easy contribution to any potluck.

Mardi Gras Carnival Brownies by Happily Ever Breaux

Chocoholics can celebrate Carnival time by decorating homemade or store-bought brownies following Happily Ever Breaux’s cheerful, glimmering example. Edible gold glitter and gold, purple and green sprinkles prove that a good time can still roll—even if it has corners.

King Cake Recipe by Wilton

Start your King Cake education with our twist on the classic recipe. A cinnamon-accented brioche dough ring is topped with a confectioner’s sugar glaze and sprinkled with colored sugars. C’est classique!

King Cake Donuts by Hummingbird High

For a Fat Tuesday treat you can dunk into your chicory coffee, try these Mardi Gras King Cake doughnuts from Hummingbird High. Based on a Finnish sweet yeasted bread dough recipe, these doughnuts allow you to level up on your breadmaking skills while still giving a result you can cover in delicious icing.

King Cake Macarons by Justin Hankins

For bakers looking for a sweet showpiece, let the macarons roll…onto your plate. Justin Hankins’ take on this upscale classic is easy enough for a first try but still emphasizes flavor first, with authentic King Cake flavors and a tasty cinnamon buttercream filling and vanilla cream glaze.

Try your luck at any of the sweet treats above this Mardi Gras and drop a comment below or tag @WiltonCakes on your photos so we can celebrate along with you. Au revoir!


Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

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