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Mini King Cakes How-To

Celebrate Mardi Gras with these individual, 4-ingredient cakes.
Angie McGowen
You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to enjoy a festive Mardi Gras king cake. If you’ve never heard of a king cake, it basically tastes like a giant cinnamon roll. Many families make a king cake every week of Mardi Gras, while others, like mine, just make one during the last week.

The icing-topped cake is decorated with beautiful colored sugar in traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple (representing justice), green (faith) and gold (power).

Growing up along the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras was a big part of my life, even though I wasn’t actually in New Orleans. I have great memories of sharing king cake with family and friends. While I love making a big homemade king cake, this year I wanted to do something really simple. So I had the idea to use my favorite canned cinnamon rolls from Pillsbury® to create Mini King Cakes.

First, I took a package of Pillsbury® Grands!® Cinnamon Rolls. Then I separated each roll, unrolled it and folded the strip in half.

taking roll, unrolling and folding it
Next I twisted the dough and formed a circle. Then I placed all the circles on a lightly greased baking sheet. twisting dough into circle and placed on baking sheet
After 20 to 25 minutes in the oven, it was time to frost them with the canned icing from the package of Pillsbury® Grands!® Cinnamon Rolls. As the final touch, I sprinkled the little treats with purple, green and gold colored sugars. baked cakes and cakes on a plate with colored frosting
In no time at all, I had beautiful Mini King Cakes. So super quick, easy and delicious! finished cake on a plate with beads in the background