Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Prep Time
15 Mins
Rise Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Bake Time
20 Mins
Makes 1 dozen

Every good Mardi Gras party ends with a king cake, which traditionally holds a baby figurine inside that represents the Christ child. Whoever finds the baby enjoys good luck the following year--and must prepare the cake for next year's celebration. These miniatures are a twist on the classic dessert.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine milk, yeast, and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Stir well, and set in a warm place for about 10 minutes. In another bowl, combine butter and next 3 ingredients; stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

Step 2

Combine flours, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and kosher salt in a large mixing bowl. Add milk mixture and butter mixture, and beat, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons flour if dough is too sticky, until dough is smooth and forms a shaggy mass. (It should remain soft.)

Step 3

Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, about 1 hour.

Step 4

Punch dough down, and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 12- x 8-inch rectangle. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 4 teaspoons sugar, and sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll dough into a log, and cut into 12 equal pieces. Places pieces into paper baking cups in a muffin pan; let rest 30 minutes.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 375°. Brush cupcake tops with beaten egg, and bake 20 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool on wire rack. Combine powdered sugar, water, and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cupcakes, and top with sprinkles.

Step 6

Recipe courtesy of Louisiana native David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Virginia

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, Arlington, Virginia

Ratings & Reviews

mkh516's Review

February 07, 2012
Very dry but I like the concept. I love the King Cake recipe on here (Southern Living) so might try it with that instead of this version.

Melaniecsu's Review

February 17, 2012

maryliz's Review

February 13, 2015
I do not do much baking with yeast so I will give this recipe the benefit of the doubt. I did not care for the cinnamon roll at all. It lacked flavor, (needed more sugar), and tasted like undercooked dough although it was thoroughly baked.

JasonBurn's Review

February 19, 2012
These were yummy and a hit at our party! Be sure to measure flour carefully (don't pack into measuring cups) or the cake could be dry.