Easy Mardi Gras Treats
The king cake is a Mardi Gras staple. The New Orleans tradition is a frosted holiday treat with a special surprise inside—a plastic toy baby! If your kiddos want to try out this recipe, but your baking skills fall below what is needed to bake this brioche dough goodie from scratch, these king cake-inspired recipes are perfect alternatives.
This holiday baking idea is ideal for larger groups of kids, making it an easy activity for your family’s Mardi Gras party or a playdate. Pick your favorite vanilla or golden cake recipe or use a boxed mix. Instead of adding a plastic toy to unbaked cakes, use a piece of chocolate candy (this eliminates the possible choking hazard). Bake the cakes and let the cool. Frost the treats with white icing, adding purple, green and gold sprinkles on top.
Make the kids’ favorite sweet stack with a Mardi Gras theme. Dip marshmallows into purple, green and yellow food coloring. After the marshmallows dry, stack them between graham crackers. Add a piece of chocolate inside. Microwave the stack in 10-second intervals, until the marshmallows melt. Cover the top graham with vanilla icing and have the kids sprinkle purple, green and gold crystalized sugar on top.
Use the same frost and decorate approach with your child’s favorite cookies. Try sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal or any other type of baked sweet. Frost the tops of the cookies with white icing. Next, let the kids decorate the treats with purple, green and gold sprinkles or sugar.