Cream Cheese Filled King Cake Pops Recipe for Mardi Gras

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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.

Mardi Gras Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops

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.

BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker CP12

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.

cinnamon rolls cut up

The cake pop maker shapes them into perfect little cinnamon roll balls and cooks in about 3 and half minutes.

BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker with Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Cinnamon Roll Cake Pop Supplies

The pointed tip on the pastry bag helps get the cream cheese filling right into the center of the cinnamon roll pop.

Cream Cheese Filled Cake Pop

You can also put a lollipop stick right through the same hole.

Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops

You’ll also want to pull out your decorating sugars and make sure you get traditional Mardi Gras colors in purple, yellow and green.

Mardi Gras Purple Green Yellow Sprinkles

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.

Cream Cheese King Cake Pops for Mardi Gras

When you bite, you get all that delicious cream cheese filling!

King Cake Pop Cream Cheese Filling

King Cake Pops Recipe for Mardi Gras
Cook Time
Total Time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 25 pops
  • 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
  1. Preheat cake pop maker and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cut each cinnamon roll into 5 equal sections (like a pizza)
  3. Roll each piece of dough into a ball.
  4. 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.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. For the filling, whisk together cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. 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.
  8. Heat glaze for about 15 seconds in the microwave.
  9. Dip each pop in the glaze and tap off excess.
  10. Sprinkle with sugar, let dry and enjoy.
Tools needed: cake pop maker

 How does your family celebrate Mardi Gras?

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  1. These sound amazing! I have to try it. I made cinnamon roll cake pops before but never thought about putting cream cheese in them.

  2. YUM!!!! I really like making my own cake pops, but I might have to but the maker! I’ve never thought about filling them that way!

  3. You are an evil recipe genius, and I love you.

  4. Cat, this is one of my favorite posts from you yet! I love how easy this recipe is and yet how fun and unique! People don’t have to know how simple it is, they will just be impressed! My kinda recipe right there :)

    Now I need a cake pop maker. But don’t tell my husband….he thinks my kitchen is already too crowded. LOL!!

    • LOL you haven’t seen a crowded kitchen until you’ve been in mine. One little cake pop maker won’t hurt. ;)

  5. Sigh. I am trying to so hard not to eat sweets and this post is making my will power diminish. LOL

  6. this is perfect. I am looking for Mardi Gras recipes for a state meeting for a group of young ladies. It is called Job’s Daughters. Our theme is Mardi Gras. Even though our meeting is AFTER Mardi Gras, the girls decided to have that theme. I did find a recipe for a King Cake, made with frozen bread dough. I will be making a trial cake this weekend. I found your site by accident. Nice…thanks.

    Pekin, Illinois

  7. You are so clever! I love King Cakes … and Mardi Gras!

  8. Yasmine says:

    You are amazing and creative!! They look delicious- I never really wanted a cake pop maker until now- just for this recipe.

  9. I was wondering what the difference is in the cake pops makers is? I have the same Babycakes CakePop maker as you, but nothing from their recipe book seems to turn out.