Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal in some parts of the country, not-so-much here in central Illinois. When we lived in St. Louis there was a pretty big street celebration that my husband dragged me down to but it was more of litter-bug drunk fest than celebration of anything as far as I could tell.
So we pretty much limit our celebration to buying a King Cake from the grocery store. I’m sure it has no real comparison to one made in New Orleans but it’s what we’ve got.
This year I thought I’d try something a bit more fun and made my own King Cake in bite sized, cake pop portions.
After my first Babycakes Cake Pop maker catastrophe I reinvested in a newer model and it works like a charm. I’m having so much fun with this little cake pop maker and it even cooks up cinnamon rolls to perfection.
The easy way to make these is to start with a tube of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon rolls. You just cut each one up like a pizza into 5 equal portions. I pressed the pointed tip towards the center and shaped them into little balls. This helps keep the layers and cinnamon filling inside the cake pop.
The cake pop maker shapes them into perfect little cinnamon roll balls and cooks in about 3 and half minutes.
After some research online I’ve found that no two King Cakes are alike. Some of have no filling, some have fruit filling and even a sweet cream cheese filling.
The pointed tip on the pastry bag helps get the cream cheese filling right into the center of the cinnamon roll pop.
You can also put a lollipop stick right through the same hole.
You’ll also want to pull out your decorating sugars and make sure you get traditional Mardi Gras colors in purple, yellow and green.
You can dip them right in the glaze that comes with the cinnamon rolls and sprinkle them all one color or put all three on the same King Cake pop.
When you bite, you get all that delicious cream cheese filling!
- 1 tube of Grand’s Cinnamon Rolls
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ⅛ cup milk
- 1 tub of icing from Cinnamon Rolls tube
- yellow, green and purple sugar
- Preheat cake pop maker and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cut each cinnamon roll into 5 equal sections (like a pizza)
- Roll each piece of dough into a ball.
- Fill cake pop maker cavities with cinnamon roll balls and bake for 3 mins 15 seconds to 3 mins 30 seconds. Check for doneness at 3 minute mark.
- Set aside to cool.
- For the filling, whisk together cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Fill a piping bag with cream cheese filling and use a long tip like Wilton 250. Squeeze a small amount of filling into each pop and insert a stick.
- Heat glaze for about 15 seconds in the microwave.
- Dip each pop in the glaze and tap off excess.
- Sprinkle with sugar, let dry and enjoy.
How does your family celebrate Mardi Gras?