5 King Cake Treats That Put the ‘Fat’ in Fat Tuesday

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king cupcakesEveryone knows the perfect way to celebrate Fat Tuesday is with King Cake washed down with a hurricane or two, and likely you've taken part in this Mardi Gras custom already today. But did you also know that lots of people have used the traditional wreath-shaped purple, green, and gold-colored cake with cream cheese and cinnamon filling to create some colorful King Cake-inspired treats of their very own? It's true!

You'll definitely want to check out these twists on the ordinary King Cake. After all, it would be an absolute crime to watch Fat Tuesday come and go without eating King Cake in at least one form or another.

If you prefer mini and manageable to big and unwieldy, then these adorable King Cupcakes are for you. They're exactly the same as the regular King Cake -- just bite-sized!

Just when you think you've seen it all, these colorful King Cake Bars will surprise you. It's quite genius: A sugar cookie crust with cream cheese filling, vanilla glaze, and purple, green, and gold-colored sprinkles on top.

Now, I know you are not going to believe this, but trust me it exists: King Cake Ice Cream! It's cinnamon cream cheese ice cream with swirls of brown sugar and cinnamon ... has Mardi Gras always been this unfriendly to the waist line?

Of course, I'm partial to King Cake Bread Pudding myself. It's just as good as it sounds -- King Cake soaked in eggy cinnamon custard and then baked until golden brown and served warm. Boozy whiskey sauce topping is an absolute must.

Last, but certainly not least is the rather appropriate King Cake Cocktail -- made with King Cake-flavord vodka (yes, there really is such a thing). You know what this means, right? You can have your cake and drink it, too.

King Cake Cocktail


  • 1 oz. King Cake vodka
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 oz. cream


1. Combine ingredients and shake to blend. Pour over ice.

2. Garnish with a festive purple sugar rim.

What are eating to celebrate Fat Tuesday?


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Bmat Bmat

Thank you for the suggestions and the links to the recipes. The cupcakes sound like a good idea. I love king cake, but for two people I have to cut it up and share with the neighbors. I thought about making pancakes, but I had already pulled something else out of the freezer. I'll have our pancakes another time.

godde... goddess99

We don't celebrate fat tuesday here. But the king cakes look good.

elasmimi elasmimi

We had steaks, baked potatoes, and chocolate pie. Preparing for lent.

elasmimi elasmimi

I would love to try the bread pudding, wonder what kind of cake you could substitute for king cake??

daerc... daerca574

I love bread pudding! 

Kayla... KaylaMillar

We don't celebrate but the king cake looks amazing

Chari... Charizma77

I didn't eat anything fattening, I am trying to lose this baby weight. But they sure do look good!

mjima... mjimaging

The only extra I did was a little ice cream :). My co-workers went all out with tacos and pizza and ice cream.

coppe... copperswifey

We didn't do anything. I want those cupcakes. I wonder if you could hide the baby Jesus in one of the cupcakes lol :)

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