Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

Can you believe it’s Mardi Gras time already? Wasn’t Christmas just last week? Well it’s here! And since we all can’t run off to New Orleans (well we could but…SIGH) we can still bring a little bit of Mardi Gras to our tables! The King’s Cake is a fun and easy Mardi Gras tradition and now its even simpler with this cheat recipe! Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Filling:

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup chopped Pecans

3 Tbsp Flour

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Cake:

Yellow Cake Mix

1/3 Cup Sour Cream

1/3 Vegetable Oil

3 Eggs

2/3 Cup Water

For the Icing:

3 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Almond Extract

3-4 Tbsp Milk

Green, Purple and Yellow Colored Sugar


Let’s Get Started

Preheat the oven to 350

Grease a Bundt Pan (alot…no seriously, spray it on heavy so it doesn’t stick!)

I always get the mixer and each ingredient set out before I start…makes it easier and you don’t start then figure out you’re missing something 😉

Lets Make A Cheat Cake

Mix The Filling

In a smaller bowl mix the filling…

Brown sugar, Flour and Chopped Pecans

Use a small whisk and just blend them all together

Mixing The Filling

Cake Batter Time

Next mix the Cake Mix, Eggs, Sour Cream, Vegetable Oil, and Water on low for about 30 seconds then scrape the sides of the bowl…then mix on high for a minute or so

Ready To Mix

Pour HALF the mixture into the Bundt pan

Add the filling mixture around evenly

Add The Filling

NOW…place a plastic baby, or some people use a jellybean or even a kidney bean…somewhere atop that mixture (not too close to the sides, make sure its in the middle)

Pour the remaining half of the cake batter over that and we are ready to pop in the oven!

Pop In The Oven

Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Out of the Oven

Cool That Cake

Cool for 15-20 minutes then invert onto cake plate and cool completely before icing

After Baking

Ice It!

Next mix the Powdered Sugar, Almond Extract, and Milk. It’s going to be thick…and thats ok for this cake, it keeps it from all running off. Once its iced, sprinkle with the Green, Purple and Yellow Sugar

Mardi Gras Cheat Cake Complete!

Now your little piece of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras is complete!

Mardi Gras Cheat King Cake

And remember, whoever gets the baby (bean, or whatever you used) has to make the King Cake next year for your Mardi Gras Party! ENJOY!!!



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