Quick Mardi Gras King Cake Idea

So last Mardi Gras, our friends threw a BIG Mardi Gras bash.  About an hour and half before the party began, I found out our hostess wasn't going to have a King cake.  I couldn't believe it.  How could there be Mardi Gras without some form of King Cake?

I didn't have enough time to bake any of the traditional King Cake recipes.  You know if I had had the time, I would have most certainly done so.  I knew that whatever I could come up with had to involve cinnamon and the colors of Mardi Gras.  Then it hit me.  Ready-bake cinnamon rolls and food coloring.  I ran to the store to pick up 4 cans of large cinnamon rolls with 8-rolls per can.  Got out my food coloring gels and went to work.

HERE'S WHAT I DID

Heated the oven according to the instructions on the cinnamon roll package.

Lightly buttered one half-sheet pan.

Opened 4 (8-count) containers of large cinnamon rolls and arranged them to fit snugly on the sheet pan.  I hid the plastic baby in one of the rolls.

Popped them into the hot oven and baked them according to the instructions on the package.

While the rolls baked, I mixed one color of Mardi Gras to one icing container that came with the can of cinnamon rolls. I left one icing container alone.  The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.

After I pulled the hot rolls out of the oven, I let them cool a few minutes.  Then, I went to work drizzling the colored icing over the rolls.  I didn't want the icing to melt into the hot rolls.  I wanted the icing to sit on top of the rolls.  I had some colored sugar crystals on hand and used them to add a little sparkle.

Everyone at the party loved this quick idea and the kids had fun gobbling down the rolls in order to find the plastic baby.

If you ever find yourself in need of a quick King Cake idea, I hope this one helps you out.