Fun Fact: I LIVE for Christmas tree and Valentine’s Little Debbie Cakes! (especially those Christmas ones with the glitter sprinkles!) And since Mardi Gras is smack dab in the middle of the two holidays, I decided to make my own version of the little cakes with a purple, green and yellow twist. See below for my Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes recipe!

Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

Full disclosure: These can get REALLY MESSY to make, and it’s obviously much easier to just buy the boxed ones at the store, but these are SO delicious!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Cake Ingredients:

  • One Box Cake Mix (I used Pillsbury )
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of marshmallow cream
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk

Frosting Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prepare cake mix according to the instructions on the box. Pour into lined baking sheet. Bake for 17-19 minutes.

Allow cake to cool.

Cut the cakes using a cookie cutter of your choice. I used a circle.

Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

Discard (or eat) the remaining pieces of cake.

Place a wire rack in your baking sheet. (This way your baking sheet will catch all the excess frosting in a bit!)

Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

Using a breadknife, slice your cakes in half horizontally. Set the tops to the side. Keep the bottoms on the wire rack.

Mix together your filling ingredients (marshmallow cream, milk and powdered sugar)

Add a spoonful of the filling mixture to each cake. The more the better! This is the good stuff!

Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

Put the tops back on the cakes. Now you should have little sandwiches.

Put your frosting in a microwave safe bowl and heat it until LIQUID. (About a minute). Stir and re-heat if it’s not liquid yet.

Add your food coloring.

Then generously POUR the liquid frosting over the cakes. It will get messy — and they won’t be perfect, but cover the cakes as much as possible.

If needed, spoon out the excess that fell into the pan and reheat if you need more frosting.

Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

Now, decorate to your liking! I used a combo of green, purple and yellow sprinkles, then did a zigzag design using the white icing.

Then, eat and ENJOY!

Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

Messy but sooooo good! I’ll definitely be making these again — that marshmallow middle makes these 100% better than regular cupcakes/cakes!

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Homemade Mardi Gras Little Debbie Cakes - a fun twist on a Louisiana King Cake

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