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King Cake Quick! 20 Minute Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Recipe

By Brooke McLay |

It happens to the best of us.  You drag yourself out of bed, flip the calendar to the next day, realize it’s a holiday, and in horror remember that you’ve done nothing to prepare for any of the traditional festivities.  No worries!  We’ve got you covered.  Did that happen in your house today? You wake up and realize today is the day to serve a King Cake, that classic New Orleans Mardi Gras ring of twisted bread similar topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Mardi Gras colors) with food coloring.

Though a classic Kings Cake (a sweet yeast bread ring covered in icing and the colors of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday reveling) can take hours to make, this simple monkey bread recipe used prepackaged biscuits for a quick, inexpensive dessert that delivers all the flavors of the original Kings Cake in about twenty minutes.

20 Minute King Cake (aka Mardi Gras Monkey Bread)
4 tubes refrigerator biscuits
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups sugar, separated
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup butter

Mix the cinnamon with 3/4 cup sugar. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and roll in sugar cinnamon mix. Layer with nuts in tube pan. Mix 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk and butter in saucepan; bring to boil and pour over the biscuits. Bake at 350 degree F. for 30 minutes or until it looks done.  Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then invert onto a plate.

For the Icing:

4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Colored sprinkles (purple, green, yellow)
Mix the sugar, cream, and vanilla together. Spread over warm monkey bread. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Serve immediately.

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About Brooke McLay


Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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One thought on “King Cake Quick! 20 Minute Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Recipe

  1. madorha says:

    I am originally from New Orleans and I always pay an arm and a leg to have one shipped to me each time during Mardi Gras…I am trying this instead this year. Thanks

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