Pillsbury Grands!® cinnamon rolls are the secret short cut to festive mini King Cakes!
Kings Cakes are a tradition that have been enjoyed in New Orleans since the 1870s. As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings, hence the name King Cake. Mardi Gras begins on the twelfth day after Christmas which is also known as “Kings Day” and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. King’s Day is the day the three kings visited the baby Jesus with their gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh.
Everything about the King Cake represents this event and the Mardi Gras celebration. The shape of a King Cake symbolizes the unity of faiths of the three kings. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power and a small plastic baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is baked into each cake. The person, whose slice of cake contains the baby, receives good luck and blessing and is responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party or gathering.
Pillsbury Mini King Cakes Recipe
- 1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ cinnamon rolls with icing
- 2 tablespoons yellow colored sugar
- 2 tablespoons purple colored sugar
- 2 tablespoons green colored sugar
- Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
- Separate dough into 5 rolls. To make mini king cake, unroll 1 roll into a dough rope; fold rope in half lengthwise. Twist dough in a spiral, and shape into a circle. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat to use up rolls, placing 2 inches apart.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Spread icing on warm cakes. Sprinkle with colored sugars.
If you want to add the babies, they are available at most party and craft stores and here on Amazon.com>