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How to Make a Mardi Gras Cake

Hi friends! I am back with a fun blog post on a Mardi Gras Cake inspired by King Cake. Every year, New Orleans, Galveston, and many cities worldwide hold a Mardi Gras celebration in February or March before Ash Wednesday. Check out how I made this festive bundt cake, the supply list, instructions, and a short video.

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Mardi Gras Inspired Cake

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, and the mardi gras season also known as Carnival begins on King’s Day, the twelfth night, January 6th, and extends until midnight before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Thousands of people around the world celebrate this holiday if they are Christians to take part before Lent begins. New Orleans is one city that draws thousands of visitors to celebrate. For a more detailed look into this celebration, click here.

Mardi Gras Cake

Mardi Gras Inspired Cake Tutorial

I made this bundt cake with colored sugar icing last year based on the infamous King Cake. It’s in no way to replace the traditional King Cake, friends! It’s just a fun twist for a Mardi Gras inspired cake to celebrate the fun occasion and a tiny plastic baby for good luck.

Mardi Gras Bundt Cake

Mardi Gras Inspired Bundt Cake Supply Guide

Mardi Gras Inspired Cut Cake


  1. Bake your favorite brown sugar or cinnamon cake recipe. I used this brown sugar cake recipe. Separate the batter into three bowls.
  2. Color the bowls with the gel food colorings (yellow, green and purple).
  3. Scoop the batter with a spatula into the bundt cake pan in batches alternating the colors.
  4. Bake as directed.
  5. Flip over the bundt cake pan to gently pop out the cake.
  6. I used this powdered sugar glaze recipe for the colored icing, separated them into three bowls, and colored them with yellow, green, and purple gel food colorings.
  7. Quickly add sprinkles before the icing hardens.
  8. Affix the small plastic baby on the top before the icing hardens.
  9. Cut, serve, and enjoy a slice of cake!
Flatlay of Mardi Gras Cake
Close up of bundt cake

This mardi gras cake would be perfect for a Fat Tuesday event or a Mardi Gras party!

Mardi Gras Cake Short Video

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