Fun Mardi Gras Cupcakes: A Deliciously Easy Way to Celebrate Fat Tuesday by Donna John

Fun Mardi Gras Cupcakes: A Deliciously Easy Way to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Between throwing beads and sipping on your beverage, hand your guests a festive Mardi Gras cupcake. This cupcake recipe is super easy to make and are a fun and colorful addition to any Fat Tuesday celebration.

The cupcakes start with a box cake mix, which always makes baking so much easier. Once you prepare the batter and bake the cupcakes, let them cool completely before decorating. Two cans of white cake frosting are divided and colored yellow, green, blue and purple using food coloring. Then get to frosting those moist cupcakes! After frosting, decorate with Mardi Gras picks, sprinkles or other fun and festive edible decorations.

Put the colorful cupcakes out of a pretty platter. Throw some Mardi Gras beads on the table plus other decorations, and those cupcakes will be the centerpiece of your table. Store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Servings: Makes about 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box  (15 ounces) cake mix, plus ingredients to make it
  • white baking liners
  • 2 tubs white icing
  • food coloring
  • Mardi Gras cupcake picks
  • 3 cake decorating bags and decorating tips or plastic storage bags with the tips cut off

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Make the cake flavor of your choice by following the directions on the package and baking in white cupcake liners. Allow them to cool completely.
  2. Divide the frosting between three bowls. Using the food coloring, color one yellow, one green and one blue (or purple).
  3. Fill your decorating bags or plastic bags and pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.
  4. Top each cupcake with a festive Mardi Gras cupcake pick . If you don’t have any, you could leave plain or use colored sugar or sprinkles.
  5. Arrange on a platter and throw some Mardi Gras beads around them. 

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Pretty ... delicious!
Gwen Johnson
So easy!! Happy Mardi Gras! :)

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