Are you planning to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? If so, we have some delicious dessert recipes that will add a little bit of excitement to any party.

As many of you know, king cake is a traditional Mardi Gras dessert. Generally, a king cake (or a king cupcake or king cake pop) often includes a small trinket (usually a plastic baby) found inside the dessert. The person who gets the piece of cake (or cupcake or cake pop) with the trinket inside is said to have good luck for the coming year.

Many of the desserts in our list consist of some form of king cake. There are however, a few other recipes for Mardi Gras inspired cookies etc. for those of you who don’t particularly enjoy king cake.

So, without further adieu, here are 7 cool Mardi Gras dessert ideas:

1. Easy King Cake Recipe

An easy-to-follow, simple recipe for traditional King Cake. No Mardi Gras party is complete without a king cake. You’ll definitely want to incorporate this into your festivities this year.

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2. King Cake Cupcakes

Instead of making an entire cake, many people opt for cupcakes instead. These unique little cupcakes may take a little more work than classic chocolate or vanilla cupcakes but the beautifully colored inside makes them worth the work.

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3. Vanilla Mardi Gras Cupcakes

If the king cake cupcakes look a little intimidating to you, try these equally-delicious but much easier Mardi Gras cupcakes. These treats are made just like simple vanilla cupcakes but the colored icing gives them a festive twist.

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4. King Cake Balls

Just like some people opt to make cupcakes instead of actual cake, others like to make cake pops instead of cakes or cupcakes. These colorful cake pops will surely be a hit at your Mardi Gras even this year.

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5. Mardi Gras Cake Pops

These easy and beautiful Mardi Gras inspired cake pops are simple to make and are absolutely delicious. Serve them on a white platter with Mardi Gras beads draped all around them for a really festive look.

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6. Mardi Gras Mask Cookies

Not interested in making King Cake (or king cake cupcakes or cake balls or cake pops…)? Maybe you’ll like these beautiful Mardi Gras cookies instead. You can purchase Mardi Gras cookie cutters here.

 

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7. King Cake Bars 

These single-serving cake bars are a fun and unique twist on a traditional king cake recipe. Hide the trinket in one of these bars and good luck will come early to one of your guests!

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