King Cake Cupcakes

A traditional King Cake has layers of dough and cinnamon, with a thin glaze and colored sugar. It also, usually, has a small trinket or baby baked inside. The baby, said to represent Baby Jesus, found inside or sometimes placed underneath, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.

These King Cake Cupcakes are inspired by the King Cake, with yellow cupcakes and layers of cinnamon and sugar and topped with Cinnamon Buttercream in bright Mardi Gras colors! 

King Cake Cupcakes for Mardi Gras | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

I love creating cupcakes for all the fun days throughout the year. And if you don’t celebrate Mardi Gras…these cupcakes are still yummy, just change the color of the frosting and you have an everyday cupcake.

King Cake Cupcakes for Mardi Gras | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

There are many different techniques to frost with multiple colors, but this is the one I found to be the easiest.
  1. Mix frosting and place in 3 separate bowls and add coloring
  2. Place each of the frostings in separate ziplock bags – this is an extra step, but it makes filling the decorator bag lots easier
  3. Fit a decorator bag with a #1 M Tip, and place in tall glass
  4. Snip the corner off the ziplock bag and fill the decorator bag with ALL the colors at the same time
  5. After the frosting is in the bag, you may need to pipe some out onto a plate until all the colors come out even

King Cake Cupcakes for Mardi Gras | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

It’s also tradition to put a tiny baby or small trinket inside a King Cake. I found these little babies at Wilton.

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King Cake Cupcakes
 
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Layers of cinnamon and sugar swirled in a yellow cake mix. Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com
Serves: 18-22 cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • Yellow or Butter Flavor Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • ⅓ oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Cinnamon Buttercream
  • 1 cup of butter {2 sticks} room temperature
  • 4-5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon {you can use more if you like more flavor}
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk {depending on consistency}
Instructions
Cupcakes
  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 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. Cool completely.
Frosting
  1. Place the butter in large bowl and beat until creamy, about 2 minutes
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar {the amount of depend on the consistency you want}
  3. Add milk a little at a time, until desired consistency
  4. Add the cinnamon and beat well
Decorating
  1. Mix frosting and place in 3 separate bowls and add coloring
  2. Place each of the frostings in separate ziplock bags - this is an extra step, but it makes filling the decorator bag lots easier
  3. Fit a decorator bag with a #1 M Tip, and place in tall glass
  4. Snip the corner off the ziplock bag and fill the decorator bag with ALL the colors at the same time
  5. After the frosting is in the bag, you may need to pipe some out onto a plate until all the colors come out even
Notes
You can make as many layers that you like. I also took a butter knife and swirled the cinnamon/sugar mixture throughout the cupcake on some. For Mardi Gras Cupcakes, add a small baby to the center after baking.

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Comments

  1. Patty says:

    I enjoy your newsletters, recipes, and ideas. I will be baking Lego cupcakes for my grandson’s 7th birthday and also baking a lot of cupcakes for Relay For Life’s bake sale. Could you give me a source for cupcake liners. Lately, they pull away from the cupcake and look so unsightly. I wonder if companies are changing their product. I never had this problem in the past. Any suggestions you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Patty

    • Liz says:

      Hi Patty, most of my liners are from Wilton, although I have also had the same trouble. You might try a very light spray with cooking spray on the liner first. There is also Bake it Pretty that have many to choose from. http://www.bakeitpretty.com/
      Happy Baking!
      ~Liz

    • Patty says:

      Liz, appreciate your help. I had a problem with Wilton liners not completely fitting in the pan. I bought some nice green ones from Bake It Pretty to make a flower cupcake. (The ones you attach to a styrofoam ball on a flower pot) for my niece’s birthday. The liners all separated from the cupcake so I had to cancel that idea. It’s so frustrating. I am going to make lego cupcakes for my grandson’s birthday this weekend and I’m hoping that I don’t have any problem. The liners are from Bake It Pretty.

  2. That swirl of frosting is so delightfully colorful. Great job.

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