Monday, February 25, 2019

Super Easy Mardi Gras Monkey Bread from Canned Cinnamon Rolls & Mardi Gras Round-Up

My contribution to Mardi Gras this year is a fun little spoof on traditional King Cake, use your favorite pull-apart bread recipe or this super easy idea... My Mardi Gras Monkey Bread is hot, sticky, sweet and just a perfect (messy) seasonal treat:@) It's easy because it calls for canned cinnamon rolls, you know, the kind you hit on the counter to open. Each roll gets cut into four pieces and dropped into a round bundt type pan, and of course what makes it a party is the icing gets sprinkled with the Mardi Gras colors, green, gold and purple.

What I love about this is, if you're only serving a couple people, 
use one can and a 6" small bundt pan, larger crowd? Use 2 cans and a regular size bundt pan.

I made the small one and baked it for 28 minutes.
My directions below will be for the 6" pan, I'll give a link to a full size variation here.
Or, use your favorite monkey bread recipe and simply give it some Mardi Gras flare with white icing and colored sugar.
Looking for a budget friendly idea? One can of Walmart brand cinnamon rolls was $1.18...

More Mardi Gras Inspiration:

And Barbie wanted in on the fun...
So I created a Mardi Gras Masks Tutorial here.

Dollar Tree necklaces are the perfect size for doll play!

Super Easy Mardi Gras {King Cake} Monkey Bread from Canned Cinnamon Rolls
One can of cinnamon rolls with icing
2 Tblsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp butter-add more if you'd like
colored sugar
  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon in plastic bag or medium size bowl, set aside.
  2. Open rolls, cut each roll into fourths (I used a pizza cutter). 
  3. Break apart and shake chunks in sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  4. Drop into well sprayed 6" bundt pan.
  5. As you're adding the dough, cut the butter into little pieces and occasionally add some to the pan with the dough. Be sure to add a few dots to the top too.
  6. Continue until all of the dough and butter is added to pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 28 minutes, or until bread is baked through.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit in pan for 10 minutes. 
  9. Turn bread onto plate and let cool for 10 more minutes.
  10. Squeeze icing over bread and sprinkle with gold, green and purple colored sugar.


  1. I made something similar this weekend, but with frozen bread dough. My family loves monkey bread so this may actually be on the menu for Fat Tuesday!

  2. Thanks for sharing such an easy and fun Mardi Gras cake with us, Lynn! I love that you adapted it to a small cake for a small crowd. It certainly looks so festive with all the pretty sprinkles. Your Barbies look like they're ready for some partying!

  3. These look so good. I loved having King Cake when I lived in New Orleans. I should make this to celebrate this year.

  4. You are so talented with baking and this monkey break cake looks nice and festive for Mardi Gras. Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. :)

  5. That is such a clever take on King Cake!

  6. Laissez les bons temps rouler Lynn! I love that Barbie is in the Mardi Gras spirit and your monkey bread looks delicious!!

  7. I made that cake a few years ago, it's a fun recipe! I've also made the biscuit beignets, soooo good! I am posting some Mardi Gras recipes tomorrow along with your cute Barbie masks and a link to your DIY Barbie blog!

  8. Yummy! Gonna make this cake! sharing! Found you ar the Mix it up Monday Link Party

  9. Oh, that Monkey Bread does look festive and delicious! And, your Barbie masks are great!

  10. Your monkey bread looks amazing! I know it tastes wonderful! I love shortcuts for beautiful desserts and this is one I'm pinning! I also wanted to thank you for sharing at Celebrate Your Story and to let you know that I will be featuring your recipe at this week's party. It starts at 7:00 pm CST tonight! Have a great day! Hugs!


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