King Cake Cupcakes and Mardi Gras Food

On Friday, I shared my Mardi Gras Cupcakes, I loved the fun colors but still wanted to make a cupcake that was more like the King Cake.

The King Cake traditionally is layer of dough and cinnamon, with a thin glaze and colored sugar. It also, usually, has a small trinket or baby baked inside. I couldn’t find any babies small enough to bake inside the cupcakes, but did make them with a ribbon of cinnamon and brown sugar.

King Cake Cupcakes
Celebrate Mardi Gras with these fun and festive King Cake Cupcakes from
  • Yellow or Butter flavor Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • ⅓ oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • milk, VERY small drizzle
  1. Prepare cake mix with buttermilk, oil and eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon, add melted butter and stir until crumbly.
  3. Add cupcake liners to a muffin pan, spoon about 1 tablespoon cake batter {I use a cookie dough scoop} to each liner.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon mixture, add 2 tablespoons more of cake batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely.
Glaze and Decorating
  1. Stir together powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency, you may need to add more milk if it’s too thick.
  2. Spoon glaze in the middle of the cupcake and let it drip down the sides.
  3. Immediately sprinkle with purple, yellow and green colored sugar.

Are you cooking for Fat Tuesday? We have lots of Mardi Gras Recipes for you…

Main Dishes…Shrimp…Sandwiches…Sides…and Dessert

You may also like my Mardi Gras Cupcakes with FREE Printables!

Or the Topsy Turvy Cupcakes from this year

Do you have a Mardi Gras recipe to share? Feel free to leave it in the comments.

I’m linking to…Delicious Dishes


  1. Miz Helen says:

    I just love your King Cake cupcakes. They look very good. Thank you for sharing and have a great Fat Tuesday!
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  2. Melanie says:

    How many cupcakes (regular size) does the recipe make? Looks yummy.

  3. alex says:

    mmm… they look tasty, thanks for the recipe!
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  4. Cathi C Gautreaux says:

    Just a little information, the babies that are put in King Cakes, are plastic, the baker inserts them in the cakes after they are baked…and you can use any trinket to represent who brings the next King Cake! Happy Mardi Gras from South Louisiana!

  5. Dawn says:

    I’m so glad that I came across this post. I have been trying to find a King Cake cupcake recipe that is more authentic than just adding purple green and gold icing and sanding sugar to the cupcake. I cant wait to try these. Thanks for posting

  6. Gabi says:

    Dear Liz,

    Love your newsletters; and all the wonderful ideas you come up with… keep them coming…

    Happy Friday! And have a marvelous weekend. ;o)


  7. Molly says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!
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  8. Louise says:

    I followed a trail from Sugar Rush to your blog. Congrats on being included in the Sweet Sixteen Mardi Gras Collection! Your cupcakes are so sparkly!

  9. Carol says:

    What kind of oil was use for this King Cake Cupcake? 1/3 CUP of the oil correct?

  10. mary says:

    This recipe looks awesome and being from new Orleans I like being able to put a new spin on the kingcake. I tried but apparently did something wrong. My cinnamon filling sunk to the bottom and stuck to the cupcake paper. Any idea what went wrong? I’d love to try it again but don’t want to ruin them again. Thanks

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Mary, I’m guessing that you might have had a bit too much butter in the cinnamon mixture. Melted butter reacts differently every time I use it, depending on how far it’s melted, or if it’s warm. And also what kind of butter you used. You could try margarine if you have it, and maybe a little less.
      Hope that helps!


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