King Cake Muffin Recipe

King Cake Muffin Recipe

Whip up a batch of king cake muffins to celebrate Mardi Gras right!

King Cake Muffins Recipe
Makes: 12 muffins
Prep time: 45 minutes – 2 hours
Bake time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $
You’ll need: 1 heat-safe baby figurine*

*Tip: A traditional Mardi Gras dessert, king cake has a baby trinket baked inside. Legend has it that the person who gets it has to bake the cake next year. Look for heat-safe baby figurines at party stores (often found in the favours section).


250 mL (1 cup) milk
50 mL (1/4 cup) butter
2 9 gram (0.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
150 mL (2/3 cup) warm water 43 C (110 F)
125 mL (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
7 mL (1 1/2 tsp) salt
2 mL (1/2 tsp) freshly grated nutmeg
1375 mL (5 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
Cooking oil, to grease the dough bowl

250 mL (1 cup) packed brown sugar
15 mL (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon
150 mL (2/3 cup) chopped pecans
125 mL (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
125 mL (1/2 cup) raisins
125 mL (1/2 cup) melted butter

250 mL (1 cup) confectioners’ sugar
15 mL (1 tbsp) water
Sprinkles or coloured sugar in green, purple and gold



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  1. Heat milk to 82 C (180 F). Take off heat, add butter and stir until melted. Let cool
  2. Combine yeast, water and 15 mL (1 tbsp) sugar. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. After yeast seems bubbly, add cooled milk mixture and stir
  3. Add remaining dough ingredients except the flour. Once all combined, add flour 250 mL (1 cup) at a time, until the dough comes together into a ball
  4. Oil a large bowl, place dough ball in it and cover. Let rise for 2 hours, until doubled in size. Punch down the ball and divide into two
  5. Preheat oven to 190 C (375 F) and grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin
  6. Combine all ingredients for filling except butter. Pour melted butter over filling and combine until crumbly
  7. Using a pastry roller or rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into rectangles of 1/3 centimetre (1/8 inch) thickness. Divide filling in half and spread over each dough rectangle, then roll up dough. Slice into 5 centimetre (2-inch) pieces and place in muffin tins. Let rise for 45 minutes
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Add the baby figurine by pushing it down into the dough of one of the muffins and bake for 15 more minutes
  9. In the meantime, combine all ingredients for icing. Let muffins cool slightly and top with icing
  10. Decorate with sprinkles or coloured sugar

Shortcut: Instead of making the dough, buy a tube of cinnamon rolls, break them apart and place in muffin tins. Bake according to package directions (don’t forget to add the baby trinket!) then top with the icing provided and decorate with sprinkles or sugar.

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