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Cake Mix Mardi Gras Cake

Cake mix Mardi Gras cake recipe! A fun way to celebrate with your kids or friends at a party and see who gets the baby in their slice for luck!

easy mardi gras cake

I’m all about easy recipes here at The Typical Mom, so I thought I’d create an easy Mardi Gras cake recipe so you could try it at home and celebrate it too! Here’s how you make it. (originally published 1/17, affiliate links present)

I lived in a small town North of Louisiana for a few years and went there often for shopping and, well, fun! While I was there I learned and saw the fun festivities surrounding Mardi Gras. Years later when I taught Kindergarten one of the room moms ordered an authentic king cake for us to enjoy and it was really fun!

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Easy King Cake Recipe

  • Typically king cakes are more of a danish consistency but I really just wanted to have an easy way to share the celebration with my kids so I used boxed cake mix instead….I told you, I like easy.

Of course you need the traditional purple, yellow, and green colors. A little plastic baby is needed to hide inside the cake for one lucky person to find. They say that person will have luck the rest of the year. You can read about the history of Mardi Gras here and share while you’re eating it if you like. 😉

king cake reicpe

Easy Mardi Gras Cake

  1. Bundt pan I have
  2. Small plastic baby
  3. White cake mix (and items needed to make it, on box)
    • if you wanted to make it as a pudding cake you’d need instant mix
  4. 1 tub vanilla frosting
  5. Purple sugar sparkles
  6. Green sugar sparkles
  7. Yellow sugar sparkles
  8. Cake plate
  9. If you’re making Mardi Gras cupcakes (shown below) or you want to layer the colors inside your bundt pan for this easy Mardi Gras cake recipe you’ll need yellow, green and purple food coloring

Here’s a quick rundown of how to make it:

King Cake Recipe with Cake Mix

You can find all items at Walmart as well if you don’t shop online…but that is how I do almost all my shopping nowadays! Options for including the Mardi Gras plastic baby into the cake

  • Push it into the batter like I did in the video above
  • Bake the cake, then push the baby into the bundt cake, and then flip it over on to a cake plate
  • Frost the top

Allow cake to fully cool, flip over on to a cake plate. Then melt frosting in microwave for about 45 seconds and pour on to cake. Wait until frosting has slid all the way down the cake and then add sprinkles like you see here, done!

If you love this easy Mardi Gras cake and you’re celebrating with your kids you should check out our post on Mardi Gras crafts for kids too!

mardi gras babies

** Warning – this is obvious to most of us but cut pieces small so you can see which slice has the baby as you’re passing it out if you are serving it to children especially. You do not want anyone to swallow the baby or bite down on it and hurt their tooth.

  • The best way is to slice, look on both sides for the baby, and when you see it whomever was next to be passed out to is “the lucky one”, show them the baby is inside their slice.

Mardi Gras cupcakes

  1. Make boxed cake mix as directed
  2. Separate batter into 3 bowls
  1. Add food coloring to each bowl (yellow, green and purple traditionally)
  2. Stir
  3. Put bowls into the fridge
  4. When batter is cold and thick spoon one color into the bottom of each cupcake hole that’s been sprayed with non stick spray with NO liner
  5. Follow that by the 2nd color
  6. Top each one with the 3rd color
  7. Bake immediately
mardi gras cake batter

Colors shouldn’t run into each other this way. Then when cooled push 1 baby into the bottom of one of the cupcakes. Pass them out and see who finds it.

Want another YUM to make with this same pan? Try our banana bread bundt cake next. You can make that year round. A fun activity to add to the day? Print out these free Mardi Gras coloring pages and let them go with some crayons.

mardi gras cupcakes

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Cake Mix Mardi Gras Cake

Cake mix Mardi Gras cake is fun for the holidays. How to add a small baby into the dessert so it can be found by one guest.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bundt cake, easy, king cake, mardi gras, simple
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 42kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 tub frosting vanilla
  • purple sprinkles
  • yellow sprinkles
  • green sprinkles
  • plastic baby


  • Spray inside of bundt pan with non stick spray. Mix cake mix as directed on the box. You can divide into 3 bowls and add Mardi Gras flavors, then pour in so cake is colored or just pour as is into pan. Bake as directed on the box.
  • Remove and allow it to cool. Then push one plastic baby into the top of the cake. Then place large plate on top of bundt pan and flip over.
  • Cake should slide out which will make hole for baby hidden on the bottom now.
  • Frost with white frosting and sprinkle 3 different sprinkles in different sections on top. Slice and tell people to look out for baby in their slice so they don't bite down on it.
Nutrition Facts
Cake Mix Mardi Gras Cake
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Such a New Orleans tradition! Fun!


Tuesday 17th of January 2017

My friend is from New Orleans and she always had a King cake to celebrate. I will have to share this recipe with her.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 18th of January 2017

It's an easy way to do so!

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