Our Favorite King Cake Recipes for Mardi Gras

Cinnamon Roll King Cake Joy the Baker
Cinnamon Roll King Cake / Photography, Recipe Development, and Food Styling by Joy Wilson

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Cinnamon-filled, dripping with icing, and dowsed in tricolor purple, gold, and green sprinkles, the king cake reigns supreme during Mardi Gras. We’ve picked a couple of our favorite traditional king cake recipes as well as a few interesting spins on the ringed cake to add to your Fat Tuesday lineup. 

Traditional King Cakes

Kitchen Belleicious King Cake
Photography, Recipe Development, and Food Styling by Jessica Maher

1. Mardi Gras Kings Cake 

This praline-filled king cake recipe is as traditional as it gets. Jessica Maher of Kitchen Belleicious found this recipe from a small church in Louisiana in an old cookbook she has. Pecan lovers rejoice; this is your go-to king cake. 

Brown Eyed Baker King Cake
Photography, Recipe Development, and Food Styling by Michelle Norris

2. Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake  

Similar to coffee cake, Michelle of Brown Eyed Baker used a yeasted sweet dough and a simple cinnamon and sugar filling for her king cake. 

The Pudge Factor King Cake
Photography, Recipe Development, and Food Styling by Susan

3. Mardi Gras King Cake (Bread Machine) 

Bright and colorful, this cake by Susan of The Pudge Factor features a copious pour of cream cheese icing. Tip: After shaping the dough, place a small buttered Pyrex dish in the center of the ring to make sure it doesn’t close while rising.

King Cake Baked Bree
Photography, Recipe Development, and Food Styling by Bree Hester

 4. King Cake

Filled with cream cheese and coated with vanilla icing, Bree Hester’s (of Baked Bree) king cake is divine. Dig in and keep an eye out for the tiny baby! 

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