EASY King Cake For Mardi Gras

Do you want to make the easiest king’s cake in the world for Fat Tuesday this year? Well, I can tell you how to do that. You know, since I’m the queen of cutting corners in the kitchen. ;-)

EASY Mardi Gras Cake- use canned cinnamon rolls

All you need is a can of ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. Straighten them out, and braid them together.

braided cinnamon rolls for mardi gras king cake

You need 3 for one side, and 3 for the other. Pinch the 2 braids together to form a circle for your king’s cake.

easy king cake from canned cinnamon rolls

Bake according to regular package directions. Then, drizzle the icing that comes with them back and forth around the “cake”.

easy kings cake from canned cinnamon rolls

While the icing is still wet, sprinkle on purple, green, and yellow sugar. You can easily make your own with my directions here!

king cake

You can shove one of those plastic babies inside your king cake, or you can just put them on the plate like we did. (Or you can totally forgo the plastic babies. Whatev.)

EASY Mardi Gras Cake- make from canned cinnamon rolls

Check out all of my posts about Mardi Gras and Lent here!

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Mardi Gras Pancakes- Going All Out!

We have made colored Mardi Gras pancakes before, but last year, we really went all out! Given that we don’t eat many sweets and treats during Lent, we filled our pancakes with chocolate chips, and covered them with butter, syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles- you name it! mardi gras pancakes going all out We made them the same way we always do by adding food color to the batter. colored pancakes for mardi gras Then we dropped chocolate chips into the pancakes once the batter was poured on the griddle, but before we flipped them over. chocolate chip pancakes for mardi gras mardi gras pancakes We also set the table really colorful and fun for the kids. Ever tried using a fitted sheet as a table cloth? It works great! (Trick I learned from my mom.) mardi gras dinner for kids We also like to serve ours with bacon since we won’t be able to eat meat on Ash Wednesday or the first Friday of Lent. Serve the chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream and Mardi Gras colored sugar (which you can totally make yourself). mardi gras pancakes going all out We had our “Alleluia” ready to bury and in one of our fun cups! After dinner, we made a big deal out of singing “Alleluia”, then it went into the wooden box not to be said again until Easter. mardi gras dinner bury the alleluia The kids really enjoyed the brightly colored and yummy dinner, all the way through the easy king’s cake! mardi gras dinner with king cake Check out all of my posts about Mardi Gras and Lent here!

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Lenten Activities for Children

If you’re looking for ways to observe Lent with your kids this year, you’ve come to the right place! Browse all my Lenten resources for families by subject below. Click on the link for full directions or printables for each craft or activity below.

Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

Post about observing Lent BEFORE celebrating Easter

Mardi Gras Ideas

Mardi Gras Pancakes

Mardi Gras Pretzels

Make your own colored sugar for Mardi Gras

More Mardi Gras Ideas

See all the Ash Wednesday Posts Here.

Preparing for Lent With Children- are you ready?

Bury the Alleluia

Pretzels for Lent

Sacrifice ideas for kids

The Lent Song for Kids

Counting Down the Days of Lent:

Print this Lenten Countdown calendar- this is by far the most popular Catholic Icing post of all time!

Have a Lenten cross- this is the Lenten version of an Advent wreath

Make a crown of thorns

Easy Crown of thorns craft

Giving Alms- a coin every day!

Check out all the Lenten Printables Here.

 

See all my posts about the Stations of the Cross Here. You can also see the links to individual Stations of the Cross posts below:

Stations of the Cross Eggs

Stations of the Cross Montessori Activity

Stations of the Cross Eggs- this is one of my favorites!!!

Printable Stations of the Cross for Kids

Stations of the Cross Games

DIY Candle Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Grottos

 

See my Palm Sunday posts here.

10 Things To Do With Palms From Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Handprint Donkey and Palm Craft

How To Fold a Palm Cross In 10 Easy Steps

How To Make a Spiral Palm

Palm Sunday crafts and ideas

 

 

See all posts for Holy Week by clicking Here.

Catholic Resurrection Eggs, or “Holy Week” eggs.

Holy Week Crafts

Holy Week Food Ideas

 

See all the Holy Thursday posts here.

Make easy unleavened bread

Last Supper Craft- it’s printable!

See all the Good Friday posts here.

 

Other Lenten Posts:

Make an offering box

Veil of Veronica Craft

Make Sacrifice Beads

Holy Weeky Linky

Lenten Linky 2011

Meatless Meal for Kids

Almsgiving Box (with download!)

On the Road to Easter Word Search

Lenten Linky 2012

Lenten Activities for Kids

You can see all of my Lenten Posts by clicking here, or browse the links below.

Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

See all the Ash Wednesday Posts Here.

Preparing for Lent With Children- are you ready?

Bury the Alleluia

Pretzels for Lent

Sacrifice ideas for kids

The Lent Song for Kids

Counting Down the Days of Lent:

Print this Lenten Countdown calendar- this is by far the most popular Catholic Icing post of all time!

Make a crown of thorns

Easy Crown of thorns craft

Giving Alms- a coin every day!

Check out all the Lenten Printables Here.

 

See all my posts about the Stations of the Cross Here. You can also see the links to individual Stations of the Cross posts below:

Stations of the Cross Eggs

Stations of the Cross Montessori Activity

Stations of the Cross Eggs- this is one of my favorites!!!

Printable Stations of the Cross for Kids

Stations of the Cross Games

DIY Candle Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Grottos

 

See my Palm Sunday posts here.

Palm Sunday crafts and ideas

Palm Sunday Handprint Craft

 

See all posts for Holy Week by clicking Here.

Catholic Resurrection Eggs, or “Holy Week” eggs.

Holy Week Crafts

Holy Week Food Ideas

 

See all the Holy Thursday posts here.

Last Supper Craft- it’s printable!

 See all the Good Friday posts here.

 

Other Lenten Posts:

Make an offering box

Veil of  Veronica Craft

Make Sacrifice Beads

Holy Weeky Linky

Lenten Linky 2011

 Meatless Meal for Kids

Almsgiving Box (with download!)

 

I’m going to be hosting a Lenten link-up here on February 15 (that’s Wednesday!) so don’t forget to come share your ideas and check out what everyone else is planning for this Lent. :-)

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