Mardi Gras Pull Apart King Cake

Mardi Gras Pull Apart King Cake

Cookies, dough and active yeast scares the mess out of me! Oh, Hi! Sorry. I just got right to it. But, yeah! That whole bread making stuff…I’m not ready. So, that’s why I’ve been ignoring king cake recipe requests for two years! I know, I suck! But, I think I’ve come up with a healthy medium that will make all of us happy! Monkey Bread King Cake!

Thank God for that little white dough boy that made these magical tubes of cinnamon rolls! All you have to do is pop the top and bake! Perfect! Makes king caking a breeze! Cinnamon and sugar already included. They even added the frosting! Win!

Ditch the package instructions on those rolls, though. We’re going to make our own rules now. Just bake until golden. This will take about 25-30 minutes. Feels good not having to wait on yeast to rise, right?

This sauce is my favorite. It’s like pralines without the pecans. If you’re a fan of nuts, go ahead and add a few! That will take this every more over the top!

I combined the frosting from the rolls with cream cheese and a couple of extras to make this heavenly frosting. It’s the perfect foundation for the colorful sugars we’ll add next!

Definitely can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without the signature colors! Use a spoon to sprinkle on those sanding sugars. Perfect job for the kiddos! Let them make a mess! It tastes better.

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler,

B. Coop

5 from 1 vote

Pull Apart King Cake


  • 2 tubes cinnamon rolls not Grands
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBS heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 frosting cups from the cinnamon rolls
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • green purple, and yellow sanding sugars
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 pieces
  4. Place half of the cinnamon roll pieces into the Bundt pan.
  5. In a saucepan, melt the butter
  6. Stir in the brown sugar, 1/3 cup of the heavy whipping cream, and the vanilla extract
  7. Bring to a low boil
  8. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes while stirring.
  9. Remove from heat
  10. Pour half of the candied sauce evenly over the cinnamon roll pieces in the bundt pan
  11. Place the remaining pieces into the pan
  12. Then, pour the rest of the sauce over the cinnamon rolls.
  13. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.
  14. Flip the Bundt pan over onto a cake plate
  15. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes
  16. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, frosting from the cups included in the cinnamon roll tubes, powdered sugar, and 1 TBS of heavy whipping cream.
  17. Whisk well.
  18. Pour the frosting over the king cake.
  19. Decorate the cake by sprinkling the sanding sugars on top.
  20. Enjoy!



1 Comment

  • Kandace

    March 1, 2020 at 11:15 am

    5 stars
    I made this for my 4th and 5th graders for our Mardi Gras lesson and they loved it! Thank you for this. I even gave them the recipe to recreate at home so they wont ask me to make it again for them lol. I will make this again but not for them, couldnt have any to myself! Love your recipes!