Mardi Gras Mambo

Monday, January 23, 2012

All because it's Carnival Time & Oh when it's carnival time, everybody's having fun ! - Al Johnson

So, we are really missing our home state right about now, especially those yummy King Cakes! Joel and I are not likely be attending Mardi Gras this year. This is probably my first Mardi Gras I will miss in 12 years. One year, we skipped out and went to Disney World, so no complaints there. But this tradition has been in my heart since I was born. My parents would take their RV out to the New Orleans neutral grounds, park it all weekend, and wait for the beautiful parades to pass such as Endymion and Bacchus.

I have grown up going to the Mardi Gras Festivities since I was a baby. My first Mardi Gras I was dressed as a pink crayon, a few years later I was mini mouse, and the list goes on. My favorite part of these traditions was the music, food, and catching stuffed animals and beads in my homemade ladder! My ladder was really cool, my mom sewed a pouch that extended in front of me and the men on the floats would just throw stuff in it so I never had to worry about not catching something. I even got more beads and stuffed animals because they would purposely make it a game to land something in my pouch.

I had some of the best times of my life during Mardi Gras. It's my favorite part of where I come from and will really miss it this year. So, since we are missing home a bit, we decided to make some King Cake. Courtesy of Joel's Dad buying us the famous Mam Papaul's king cake mix! And that we did. We had a great time making it, and even had some friends over to try it! It was a hit.

As it gets closer to Fat Tuesday, I'll post more pictures of me during Mardi Gras as a child. But for now, here is a sneak peak! Luckily I have this picture because it was used as "blackmail" during our rehearsal dinner slide show. My mom handmaid this dress and my ears!

Now, on to the King Cake!

Buy the mix Here from World Market!
This recipe is for this box of King Cake- see below for  quick cinnamon roll recipe! This package includes:1 dough mix and reclosable mix/knead bag
1 pack Yeast
1 brown sugar praline filling mix
1 white glaze mix
3 packs Mardi Gras sugar crystals (purple/green/gold)
1 Mardi Gras baby
You will need:1 cup hot tap water
1/2 cup soft margarine
1 egg
2 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon water
Optional 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Easy Preparation Instructions1. Place cake mix and yeast in large reclosable bag. Lock reclosable bag and shake vigorously.
2. Add 1 cup very warm tap water and 1/2 cup margarine. Lock bag. With fingers outside bag, mix by squeezing and pulling dough until margarine can no longer be seen.

3. Add 1 egg. Press air from bag and lock. With fingers on outside of bag, mix and knead ingredients by squeezing and pulling dough.

4 Unlock bag. Set bag of dough in a bowl in a warm place for 15 minutes.

5. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Flour rolling pin and roll dough into a 5" x 30" rectangle.

6. Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter/margarine and brown sugar praline mix in a small bowl. Add nuts if desired. Spread evenly on dough. From 30" side, roll dough in a jellyroll fashion. Pinch ends to seal.

7. Place on large cookie sheet. Shape into an oval. Let rise in a warm place approximately 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.

8. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned. Cool

9. Mix 1 tablespoon water and white glaze mix in a small bowl. Spread over cooled cake. Decorate with Mardi Gras crystals. If desired, place golden baby under the cake.

Makes 12 - 18 servings.
Alternate Directions For Using a Mixer or Food ProcessorReplace steps 1 through 4 above with the following steps:

1. Place cake mix and yeast in bowl. Add appropriate attachment to mixer or food processor and mix.

2. Add 1 cup very warm tap water and 1/2 cup margarine. Mix well.

3. Add one egg. Mix well. Using appropriate blade, knead until dough pulls from side of bowl. Scrape dough from sides of bowl once during kneading.

4. Set bowl of dough in a warm place for 30 minutes or until dough had doubled in size.
Alternate Directions For Bread MachinesReplace steps 1 through 4 above with the following steps:

1. Place 1 cup very warm water, 1 egg, 1 stick margarine, Mardi Gras King Cake dough mix and yeast package in bread machine bowl.

2. Set bread machine on dough cycle. When cycle is over remove dough from bowl and proceed to step 5 above.

And... There you have it! A beautiful king cake!

Poor Rayne really wanted some king cake!

& Joel got the baby!

 Last week, Joel's Dad was in town and made us a King Cake out of Cinnamon rolls & it was really good !

2 cans of Cinnamon rolls
green food coloring
yellow food coloring
purple food coloring


1. Take dough out of can and with a rolling pin, flatten the dough.
2. Kneed (braid) the dough or round it with your hands into a circular shape (like the photo above)
3. Follow directions for heating temperature and time on Cinnamon roll can.
4. Double time, but do check on it half way.
5. When finished, add food coloring to icing for the traditional colors.



  1. Your king cake was delicious!! I'm thinking since we'll probably be stuck here for Mardi Gras, you'll have to make it for us again! PS- You make an adorable Minnie! :)

  2. ive been living in mexico for 10 months now and for the first time this year celebrated kings day! fun holiday indeed!!!

  3. You in that Minnie Mouse costume? RIDICULOUSLY adorable...that should be framed and displayed in your house. You have one talented Mamma!

  4. Oh, and I mentioned you on my blog today - thanks again for the award, darling! xo

  5. I am going home for Mardi Gras for the first time in 5 years! I cannot wait!!!

  6. FUN! I have never been to Mardi Gras...but someday I will! :) AND I need to try to tackle a King Cake! :) Yum.

  7. that cake looks crazy!! i bet it's really good. thanks for stopping by my blog! i'm loving yours!! you are adorable.

  8. Sounds like fun! I've never been to Mardi Gras (or New Orleans for that matter) but it's definitely something I wanna do someday! xo

  9. I went to my first Mardi Gras four years ago when I moved to NOLA. I love it! It's so much fun and who doesn't LOVE king cake? Seriously, the best part of the year is King Cake Season! I'm so sorry you have to miss it this year!

  10. thanks for stopping by my blog! i got an email saying that picnik is closing in april :( boo! p.s. love your king cake!

  11. I've never been to Mardi Gras, planned it so many times, specially when in college and it never happened. Not that I haven't been to other major carnival celebrations..say RIO!..but still..someday I'll have to attend one in this country(ha!). P.S How could you be blackmailed when you were such cute Minnie? ;)

  12. I've never had King cake or been to mardi gras! Can you believe it?! Thanks for following! I'm now your newest follower as well!

  13. thanks for checking out our little blog :) I have to say, I read your about me & I saw your husband is in medical school.. where is he at? We are in that applying process and it is really stressful. Husbands first choice is Tulane though (he has family in new orleans).. I've only been there once but I love the South. So I wouldn't mind :)

  14. by the way, I am your newest follower :))


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