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Throw a Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Party

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Updated on Feb 13, 2009

King Cake

Sometimes associated with the Christmas season, King Cake is also a symbol of Mardi Gras festivities. Traditionally, a small plastic baby or other small trinket is baked into the cake. The person who discovers the piece in their cake is crowned the King or Queen of Mardi Gras, and enjoys special privileges, as well as the responsibility of providing the cake next time around.

More like a sweet breakfast roll than an actual cake, you can easily adapt your favorite cinnamon roll recipe to fit the bill, substituting purple, green, and gold icing instead of regular old white. Here's a basic cinnamon roll recipe if yours isn't handy:


  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 3/4 tsp. almond extract


  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water in large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in egg, milk, sugar and baking mix. Beat well.
  3. Turn onto well-floured board. Knead about 50 times
  4. Roll dough into 12" x 10" rectangle. Spread with butter.
  5. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over rectangle.
  6. Sprinkle on raisins.
  7. Roll up tightly, beginning at 12" side. Seal by pinching edges of dough into roll.
  8. Cut into 1" slices. Place slices, cut sides down, in well greased muffin cups.
  9. Cover. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Immediately remove from pan. Let stand 5 minutes.
  11. Combine powdered sugar, water, and almond extract. Spread over rolls. Serve warm.

Did You Know?

  • The three colors of Mardi Gras represent justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold).
  • Mardi Gras is known as "Shrove Tuesday" in Britain and other predominantly Protestant counties. It is sometimes also called "Pancake Day" after the tradition of eating pancakes on that day.


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