The Easiest King Cake Recipe Ever for Your Mardi Gras Celebration by Donna John

Holidays Cakes/Cupcakes
8 months ago

The Easiest King Cake Recipe Ever for Your Mardi Gras Celebration

Intimidated at the thought of making a king cake? Well, I am. After reading Holly Budde's easy recipe for shortcut king cake (yum!), inspiration hit me on how to make a king cake for Mardi Gras. One that didn't take hours in the kitchen and too many (if any) baking skills. 

Here's my easy (super easy!) idea for another Mardi Gras king cake for those of us who wait until the very last minute or just don't have the time. It starts with a box cake mix, which cuts down the ingredient list and the prep time. After baking a vanilla cake mix in a bundt pan, a simple three ingredient glaze is mixed up and spread over the cooled cake. Yellow, green and purple sprinkles decorate the cake and turn it into a Mardi Gras dessert for your Fat Tuesday celebrations. 

For an even easier cake – if that's even possible – use a can of vanilla frosting instead of making the glaze. Let the kids decorate the cake the the sprinkles and other Mardi Gras decorations. So festive and fun! 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes (approximately) 
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: Makes 1 cake


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients to make it


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  • yellow sprinkles, green sprinkles and purple sprinkles

Here's how to make it:

  1. Prepare and bake the cake mix using a bundt pan. Remove from pan and cool.
  2. While cake is cooling, combine the glaze ingredients.
  3. Spread the glaze on the cake. 
  4. Alternate the sprinkle colors around the cake. 

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