Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and I am always looking for an excuse to make one of my cinnamon or sweet rolls. A bright, colorful party sounds like the perfect excuse for me! These Mardi Gras King Cake Cinnamon Rolls are a fun, festive way to enjoy Mardi Gras!
Cinnamon, praline, and cream cheese are three of the most popular and common fillings for a King Cake, and you get all of them in these King Cake Cinnamon Rolls!
You can also hide a small, plastic baby in one of the rolls*, just like you would in a traditional King Cake. The baby represents luck and prosperity to the person that finds it in their food and they are the king or queen for the day. The lucky winner of the baby is also given the task of making the cake for next year, if you wish to pass along King Cake Cinnamon Rolls duty!
These Mardi Gras King Cake Cinnamon Rolls are a great way to start the day. For dinner, I will be making my Authentic Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo which is one of the most popular and requested dishes that I make. It is soooooooo goooood, you will want to make it part of your regular menu rotation. I was lucky enough to get the base of the recipe from a friend that used to live in New Orleans, made a few tweaks, and now I make this gumbo all the time. Happy food.
Homemade rolls do take some time to make, but they are completely worth it. The trick with these is making them the day or night before. This way, you do not have to wake up in the middle of the night to get these going. Just prep them in advance, throw them in the oven day-of, and your house will smell like heaven in no time!
*Please note that if you use a plastic baby to make your guests aware that they may find it in their food as a safety precaution. The plastic baby should only be placed in a roll after baking is complete.