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

King Cake Cupcakes

Celebrate Mardi Gras with these fun and festive King Cake Cupcakes from


  • Yellow or Butter flavor Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/3 oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1/2 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

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