Take-out Tuesday, King Cake Crowns

Happy Fat Tuesday!

For our celebration I made vanilla mini bundt cakes

Don’t they look like little crowns?

I had some help too!

What makes these cakes so festive is the colorful batter

Gel food coloring produces intense colors

It is widely available in grocery, big box and craft stores

I used a box cake mix for the base, and amped it up with an extra egg, butter instead of oil, buttermilk instead of water, and additions of sour cream, almond emulsion, and vanilla pudding

Once you’ve made the batter, divide it into 3 bowls and add the food coloring

I used a mini bundt pan mold, and put about 2 heaping Tablespoons of each color batter side by side in the mold

Icing and sprinkles

King Cake Crowns

festive mini king cakes!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Decorating Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, French
Servings 12


  • cupcake pan or mini bundt cake pan


  • 1 box vanilla supreme cake mix
  • 1 box 3 oz. vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 stick butter melted {1/2 cup}
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 T almond emulsion*
  • prepared cream cheese icing {I used prepared Pillsbury icing in a pastry bag}
  • purple, green & gold sprinkles


  • Mix batter according to cake mix directions, adding the additional ingredients.
  • Divide batter into 3 bowls and color to desired hue with food coloring gels.
  • Spray a cupcake or mini bundt pan liberally with cooking spray. Spoon 2 heaping Tablespoons of each colored batter into the molds , placing them next to each other.
  • Bake as directed for cupcakes, checking often near the end of baking time. Do not overbake. Let cakes cool for 1 hour then turnout onto a plate or board. When thoroughly cooled, ice and decorate.
Keyword cake crowns, colored cake batters, cupcakes, King cake, mini king cakes

May your day be filled with beads and Moon Pies and

King Cake Crowns!

🎭   πŸ‘‘   🎭   πŸ‘‘ 🎭

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

34 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, King Cake Crowns”
  1. Happy Mardi Gras Jenna-have fun:@)

  2. Looks yummy!! Let the Good Times Roll!!

  3. Lorraine says:

    Those are great! So festive!

  4. Jenna, you have the most adorable helpers! These look so delicious, I just wish I had one to go with my coffee. Let the good times roll! A cheery welcome to the sun on Fat Tuesday!

  5. Sharon Mann says:

    The King cakes turned out beautiful and they look delicious. And, how lovely to have your helpers with you.

  6. What a great project for the kids. They must adore helping — and colorful for them too!

  7. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, cute idea and your helpers are the best! I like the idea of an individual serving. Did you put a baby in one? Happy Mardi Gras!

  8. Jodi says:

    paczki day here! love your king cakes and especially the great helpers you had! <3

  9. pattyanneart says:

    Delicious and fun!!
    It’s wonderful that you had helpers in the kitchen decorating cakes and making great memories! πŸ’šπŸ’™

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Love your version of King cake, I’m sure they are delicious. I see you had your little guests helping you too, how fun. I wish I lived near our grand for this kind of fun. Pretty fun Mardi Gras vignettes too. Don’t you just love the fun of Mardi Gras!

  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    I love how colorful that are! I will look for the gel food coloring in the store. I also like the mini bundt cakes. So fun and festive!! πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›

  12. Jenna your little helpers are adorable and they did a good job on the crowns. I had not thought about making cupcakes but I will definitely be trying this soon. I repeat, you should write a cook book my friend.

  13. Benita says:

    Okay, I just love those! They are too cute! I’m going to have to try those with school colors for our next trip home to watch an Alabama game! πŸ™‚ I love your decorations also…too pretty!!

  14. Mary says:

    Adorable Jenna! The good times were rolling at your house, love your little bakers. β™₯

  15. Kitty says:

    Yes, the cakes do look like little crowns, Jenna, and how pretty and festive they are. I know the kids had fun decorating and eating them. You’re such a fun grandmother!

    • Well, thank you, but I don’t bake with them weekly as you do! But these 2 are at a cute age, 5/6 old enough to be able to do it without any help, and young enough to still be excited about it!

  16. Miz Helen says:

    You sure have some special helpers for your delicious King Cake Crowns. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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