It's Mardi Gras, Baby: 3 Ways With King Cake

Celebrate with one of these variations on the famous Fat Tuesday dessert, from classic to pops.
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New Orleans does tradition like no other city — case in point, Mardi Gras, happening now through next Tuesday — but it's also always willing to try new things. In that spirit, we give you three make-at-home takes on King Cake, the dessert so popular this season that you should've ordered yours months ago. Bonus: If you get the baby (a hidden ingredient in any King Cake), you'll have good luck all year. 

King Cake Macaron Baby

King Cake Macaron Baby

Transfer icing to a piping bag and pipe onto the green macaron shells; sandwich with the purple shells. Place the baby between two shells.

King Cake Pops

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Celebrate Fat Tuesday with these cinnamon roll pops dressed up for Mardi Gras.

Sound crazy? It is, but that's how we like it during Mardi Gras. Learn how in the video above.

King Cake Macarons

Colorful Mardi Gras Macarons

Colorful Mardi Gras Macarons

For this years Mardi Gras, skip the King Cake and for something different. Heather Baird from Sparkle Bakes creates colorful Mardi Gras macarons inspired by the King Cake tradition.

This uptown version is light, delicate and lovely. Pinkies out. 

Classic King Cake

You just can't go wrong with the original. 

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