With a package of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and some colored sanding sugar, this cinnamon roll kings cake recipe is done in just a few minutes! If you are looking for an amazing Easy King Cake recipe look no further than this 2 ingredient King cake!
Easy King Cake Recipe
This easy king cake recipe has just 2 ingredients and takes under 15 minutes to make it is perfect for whenever the kids are wanting some. During the Mardi Gras season I keep these ingredients on hand at all times, you never know when the mood is going to strike!
After living in New Orleans for a few years, Mardi Gras was a tradition we grew accustomed to, including and probably most importantly enjoying King cake. Once the season hits there are king cakes everywhere. However because my kids love it so much I can totally go broke quickly. To keep our budget in check I came up with my own easy king cake recipe that has just 2 ingredients. Cinnamon Rolls and Colored Sanding sugar!
However I must also admit that being able to make this one at home, does not stop me from grabbing a store bought cake at the store. They are in just about every store you walk into, every bakery in the area makes them and it is IMPOSSIBLE not to bring one home!
Once you see how easy it is to make, you will be making them and buying them!
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What is a King Cake?
If you happen to be in New Orleans during Mardi Gras you are sure to see kings cakes everywhere and boy are they delicious! Seriously it is not just a rumor that people are spreading, they are like the best cakes ever!
King Cake is an oval-shaped cake that are made to symbolize the unity of faiths. The cake is a cross between a coffee cake and a french pastry. The cakes are decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green (representing faith), gold (representing power) and purple (representing justice). A small baby Jesus is traditionally hidden inside the cake.
What Flavor is King Cake?
Traditionally King cake is cinnamon flavored. It is a cinnamon dough cake that is then covered with a sweet frosting.
We have had many different variations, I have had some that just taste like a cinnamon roll with a lot of sugar on top. I decided that that was the best one to make a cinnamon roll king cake recipe of using canned cinnamon rolls and then topping them with colored sugar.
What do the Mardi Gras Colors mean?
The cake is decorated in royal colors of purple which signifies Justice, green for Faith, and gold for Power. These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany.
Why is there a Baby in a King Cake?
The baby found in the cake represents baby Jesus. The person who finds the baby in the cake is said to have good luck and prosperity.
Easy King Cake Ingredients
- 1 package of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
- Yellow, purple, and green sugar
- Plastic Baby Jesus
How to Make Easy King Cake
Remove the cinnamon rolls out of the of the package and unroll each cinnamon bun.
Take two strips of cinnamon roll and twist them together, repeat this with all the pieces.
With two of the twists and squeeze the ends together so you make an oval. Take the next 2 twists and form an oval. You will end up with 2 oval cakes.
Place the uncooked dough on a sheet pan and bake until golden brown, about 10 – 15 minutes.
As soon as you remove the cake from the oven spread the icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls on the tops of the cake.
In one inch sections sprinkle the colors from purple to yellow to green all the way around the cakes.
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Easy King cake recipe
- 1 package refrigerated Pillsbury cinnamon rolls 8 count
- 1/2 cup colored sugar yellow, purple, and green sanding sugar
- Take your cinnamon rolls out of the of the package and unroll each cinnamon bun.
- Take two strips of cinnamon roll and twist them together, repeat this with all the pieces.
- Take two of the twists and squeeze the ends together so you make an oval. Take the next 2 twists and form an oval. You will end up with 2 oval cakes.
- Place the uncooked dough on a sheet pan and bake until golden brown, about 10 – 15 minutes.
- As soon as you remove the cake from the oven spread the icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls on the tops of the cake.
- In one inch sections sprinkle the colors from purple to yellow to green all the way around the cakes.