Why is King Cake A Tradition For Mardi Gras?
I have a version of this famous cake to share with you!
It is Mini King Cake Bites.
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They’re made with crescent rolls in less than 20 minutes.
The glaze is even made with RUM!
But first, let’s learn a little more about the history of king cake!
What are Mini King Cake Bites?
King Cake is a traditional dessert that is served during the Mardi Gras celebration.
It is usually eaten on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. In the past, people used to celebrate the end of Carnival with a huge food fest before getting ready for Lent.
The cake is typically shaped like a ring or circle and covered in sugar.
It has a small plastic baby baked inside. The person who gets the slice of cake with the baby inside becomes king or queen for the day.
How to Make Mini King Cake Bites
- 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
- 3 tbsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- ½ cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 cups powder sugar
- 2 tbsp. Rum
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Unroll crescent rolls and place them on the cutting board.
Gather the crescent dough and knead it together into one dough ball.
Place flour on the cutting board and spread it evenly.
Place the dough on the cutting board and begin to roll the dough out into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick.
Slice 4-5 inches in length and 3 inches in width.
In a small bowl add the cinnamon and sugar stir to combine.
Sprinkle each rectangle evenly with about 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon sugar and 1 tablespoon of the pecans.
Starting at long end roll up jelly-roll style pinching seam well.
Repeat with each rectangle.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 - 12 minutes, until golden.
Remove pans to the cooling rack.
To make the glaze:
Combine glaze ingredients in a bowl until drizzling consistency.
Pour the glaze on top of the bites.
Then sprinkle those with purple, green, and yellow decorator sugars.
Why You Should Celebrate Mardi Gras?
Even if you don’t participate in Lent, the food and celebration can be fun.
Mardi Gras is a great way to have a fun night out with friends.
You can share these mini cake bites with rum with your friends or neighbors.
These days, everyone needs a “bite” of fun.
You can also make our Mardi Gras Cinnamon Monkey Bread and share it with friends too!
Are you in the mood for a Mardi Gras Hot Chocolate Bomb With Marshmallows?
Try it out! It is delicious!