Wednesday, January 25, 2012

King Cake Cupcakes

King Cake Cupcakes

Mardi Gras season is right around the corner...
 let's get this party started.

Mix up a  Classic Yellow cake mix according to
the package directions. 
 Since the basic king cake starts off with cinnamon,
 I added two teaspoons of cinnamon to the batter.
It makes 24 cupcakes.
I used purple, green and gold papers.
Although you will see the purple looks red in the picture.

While mixing ... I realized that I have had my mixer for
close to 26 years. (Gosh! I am getting old)
I have a big fancy mixer... but rather just pull this out to mix small things. 
Do you ever do that?  I have all these gadgets, but always just use the old tried and true things.

King cakes have the most wonderful fillings... 
 I just had to add a filling to these cupcakes.
You will need to make a little hole for the filling.

I used a veggie peeler... hey in the south we make do.
I know they probably have some thingy magig made just for this...but my little peeler worked out ok.

I filled them with homemade strawberry jelly.

No king cake is complete without the cream cheese... 
 I made a cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Icing


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar.
I tinted half the icing purple and left the rest white and added green sprinkles to the top.

I have never made a cupcake with filling, so the family was pleasantly surprised to find strawberry in the middle. 
 These were such a hit, I just might make some for Easter with a pudding type filling.

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Linking this morning to Kim over at WoW Us Wednesdays .


Cotton Peony said...

OH yum, except one thing.. I can't bake a cupcake for nothing here.. a muffin yes, cupcake.. no can do scobbie.

Send me a dozen my way please ;)

with warm hugs,

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh my fat tummy was already growling before seeing this!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

these look delicious.. and so cute. We're going out of town to a relatives house for the mardi gras parade and these would be perfect to take. Thanks

Mrs. H said...

YUM!!! I know the strawberry filling went so good with the cream cheese icing! :) Thank you for sharing. We don't usually celebrate Mardi Gras, but I maybe making these soon :)

Dusty McRae said...

These look Yummy to my tummy!! I will have to make some for the fam. Thanks for your post!!!

Clydia said...

I'm hungry now! LOL

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH! I love this recipe. It sounds delightful and would also be good for Valentine's Day with the strawberry filling! YUM! xo Diana

ps. I use my little hand mixer all the time, too, instead of my big Ktichen Aid.

Marsha said...

The cupcakes are too cute! I love them. I'm dying to get my Mardi Gras decorations out!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I love these-- I'll have to make enough for my family AND my preschool class when we do our Mardi Gras unit. I've got a little 22 yr old hand mixer I love, too. :)
Thanks, Melissa!
xo Heidi

Jonnique said...

This looks delish! I am a follower! Can you please post this at my Taste This Thursday party!?

Susan said...

Oh this is SUCH a good idea!! We're headed to CA soon to see our grandgirls (8 and 6) and I think they'd love to make these!! They may not know all about Mardi Gras but they are cajun!

Where did you find the mardi gras cupcake liners? I found your blog from you sister Susie's.

Debbiedoo's said...

These are the cutest cupcakes ever. Not to mention they look delish too!