Mardi Gras Monkey Bread

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I like to bake on the weekends.  It’s really the only time of the week that I have a chance to get some baking done.  J takes about a 2 hour nap during the day so that is when I get most of my baking done.   I plan out what I want to do then whenever he goes down I start baking.

I love these fun sprinkles and cream cheese drizzle on this Mardi Gras Monkey Bread King Cake!

I knew Mardi Gras was quickly approaching and I originally wanted to make a King Cake.  However, I’ve made King Cakes several times in the past.  I’ve also made cinnamon cupcakes a few times as well.  I wanted to do something fun, easy, but that reminded me of a King Cake.  That’s when I found this super easy but really fun Mardi Gras Monkey Bread.

You don't have to spend a lot of time on your Mardi Gras dessert...make this easy Mardi Gras Monkey Bread!

Instead of making the whole cake from scratch it’s actually made with cinnamon rolls!   It’s such a fun idea and it would be great for kids to help with!  They can stack up the pieces of cinnamon roll in the Bundt Pan or roll the pieces in sugar.

Mardi Gras Monkey Bread is made with refrigerated cinnamon roll dough

After the Monkey Bread is baked I drizzled cream cheese frosting over the top of it.   Then I sprinkled it with these gorgeous sprinkles from Sprinkle Pop.  You can use any Mardi Gras colored sprinkles but these are so pretty.  There are yellow, green, and purple sprinkles along with gold and silver dragee pieces.  It’s totally a party sprinkle mix!

It only takes a handful of ingredients to make Mardi Gras Monkey Bread!

Cutting the Mardi Gras Monkey Bread open and taking a bite I knew I made a good choice.   It was sweet and filled with cinnamon as well as having a crunch from the sprinkles and a richness from the frosting.   It was reminiscent of a King Cake especially with the sprinkles on top.   This is a great breakfast to have from Mardi Gras!


I love these fun sprinkles and cream cheese drizzle on this Mardi Gras Monkey Bread King Cake!

Mardi Gras Monkey Bread

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Cinnamon and sugar Monkey Bread topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles!


  • 2 cans refrigerated Cinnamon rolls
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. cream cheese frosting
  • 1/4 c. Fat Tuesday Sprinkle Mix (from Sprinkle Pop)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a Bundt pan with baking spray and sprinkle it with flour.
  3. Open both cans of cinnamon rolls and cut each roll into 6 pieces.
  4. Place the sugar in a large zip top baggie. Add in the cinnamon roll pieces. Zip shut and shake well.
  5. Pour the cinnamon roll pieces into the Bundt pan making sure they evenly fill the pan.
  6. In a small bowl combine the melted butter and cinnamon. Pour over top of the cinnamon rolls.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool for 10-15 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges and turn onto a plate.
  9. Place the cream cheese frosting in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 10-15 seconds.
  10. Place in a zip top baggie and cut off the end. Drizzle over top of the cake.
  11. Quickly sprinkle the frosting with the Fat Tuesday Sprinkle Mix.
  12. Slice into pieces and enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Mom Dot

Kids will love helping you decorate this fun Mardi Gras Monkey Bread King Cake!

Check out these other delicious Mardi Gras recipes:

Cajun Chicken Pasta from Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from The Spiffy Cookie

Fastelaynsboller from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

King Bundt Cake from The Redhead Baker

King’s Cake Cinnamon Rolls from Kate’s Recipe Box

Mardi Gras Monkey Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Muffaletta Salad from A Day in the Life on a Farm

Oven-Baked Mardi Gras Muffaletta Empanadas from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Shrimp and Grits from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Shrimp Creole from Caroline’s Cooking

Shrimp Dirty Rice from Palatable Pastime

Shrimp Etouffee from House of Nash Eats


  1. I love this Monkey bread Heather! Those colors make it a great choice for a Mardi Gras party! I’d make this my centerpiece for Mardi Gras brunch!

    1. I just watched Kid’s Baking Championship last week and the kids made Monkey Bread and had a good time so I know they would love doing it!

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