King Cake … and I am happy that I don’t own a bread machine!

The real name for this creation should be My Super Simple Easy Peasy Totally Cheater Faux King Cake. 

First of all, this really isn’t a recipe … it’s more like a confession …

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, which we (my family) really don’t celebrate … but this year I was feeling the need to participate (in a very small way) in this New Orleans tradition.  Let me explain …

  • Yesterday I received a text message from a friend, who’s originally from New Orleans, wishing me a Happy Mardi Gras.   Later the same “friend?” let me know that they would drink a few Hurricanes in my honor.
  • Monday, Liz from Hoosier Homemade made some beautiful cinnamon rolls (I am still drooling) using her bread machine.  While reading her recipe, I started to regret getting rid of my bread machine.
  • While grocery shopping yesterday, I decided to pick up a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and make my Fake King Cake.
  • Last night, I made the Fake King Cake and ate two of cinnamon rolls even though I knew they were not as good as homemade.
  • Therefore, I am very happy that I gave my bread machine to a family that could use it … and I am not making eating cinnamon rolls on a regular basis.

So here are the directions for My Super Simple Easy Peasy Totally Cheater Faux King Cake.  This is so easy that I’m just giving you the photos …

  Supplies

  Assemble & bake

  Transfer to a plate

  Frost

  Sprinkle with sugar

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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Time is passing by so quickly … Fat Tuesday is next week … the beginning of Mardi Gras, Carnival and Lent.

I whipped up these cupcakes very quickly … you can too :)

This is what you will need …

  • Cupcakes
  • Yellow frosting in a pastry bag & tip #1M
  • Yellow candy melts (yellow chocolate) & a squeeze bottle
  • Wax paper
  • Purple & green sprinkles
  • Toothpicks with frills
  • CK American Gold Disco Dust

Make the masks –  I drew a mask “pattern” as a guideline (I’m no artist), covered it with wax paper and laid the toothpicks in place …

Use the melted yellow candy in a squeeze bottle to draw the masks … make sure that the candy goes over the toothpick …

Sprinkle gold disco dust … I dip a brush in the disco dust and tap the brush …

Let the candy harden up.  Do you see the mask without disco dust?  I made a little boo-boo … the candy can be melted and used again …

Frost your cupcakes …

Add the purple (bad photo, they’re not blue) sprinkles … Go Lakers! (sorry, I couldn’t resist) …

And the green sprinkles … now they are looking like Mardi Gras cupcakes …

Add a mask and they are complete …

Enjoy a cupcake … and maybe have a Hurricane with it …

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