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How to Make Mini Mardi Gras King Cakes - Easy and Delicious!

Create these easy and cute mini King Cakes inspired by the traditional Mardi Gras pastry!

King Cake mini diy recipe for kids easy with cruller donuts

With the iconic March holiday coming up, what better dessert to enjoy than personal sized versions of these festive, tasty and colorful cakes?!

Whether you're making them to share or staying home and celebrating, create your own King Cakes to add to that authentic Mardi Gras party feel!

Mardi Gras King Cake DIY recipe easy kids using donuts

Love Mardi Gras and all the fun that comes with the holiday? So do we!

This King Cake recipe is super simple, so kids and families can make them in a snap!

They're also really cute to take pictures of, so keep that camera ready to take a pic of your finished edible masterpieces!

Mardi Gras King Cake DIY recipe easy kids using donuts

From classrooms to parties, brighten up the dessert table with these bites of sweet delight!

Plus, they make a great topping for a fancy milkshake or as the base of a Mardi Gras-inspired ice cream bowl!

Don't want to make mini cakes? That's fine too! This idea can be applied to cakes of any size, any style!

Kids will have a blast adding glitter, learning about (and tasting!) an iconic, fun and edible holiday tradition!


Mini Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake DIY recipe easy kids using donuts

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Servings: Varies



  • If making from scratch, let mini bundt cakes or donuts cool to touch.

  • Make confectioner glaze: add liquid to confectioner sugar, a little at a time -always start with less liquid and increase by 1/2 tsp. at a time.

  • Stir well until you've reached a slightly thicker pouring consistency- adjusting with more liquid as needed.

  • Place parchment on pan or other work surface and place donuts or cakes a few inches apart from one another

  • Drizzle confectioner glaze over the donuts making sure to have tops covered so glitter will stick

  • Using edible glitter (purple, yellow and green) alternate colors to achieve the classic King Cake look- see our photo above.

  • Allow to set up for a few minutes and transfer to serving plate!


We love fast and easy and by using cruller-style donuts from the market we were able to whip these King Cakes together very quickly!

If you have more time and love baking from scratch, bake up some donuts or mini Bundts, then proceed with the directions!

Enjoy your King Cakes!

Have some fun Mardi Gras traditions or treats you love? Comment below - we always love to try new holiday ideas!!

Happy Mardi Gras!

April & Cenzia

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