Cheater King Cake

Between Epiphany and Lent we celebrate Carnival, a little season of Ordinary Time. One popular tradition from this medieval European celebration is the King Cake, named for the Three Wise Men, and decorated with colored sprinkles: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Save time without compromising flavor with this cheater recipe. Serve warm for breakfast—and make sure someone finds baby Jesus!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 8


  • Bundt cake pan
  • Miniature plastic baby if desired (note: available in bulk on Amazon)


  • 3 cans Cinnamon Roll Dough
  • 1 can Icing
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Purple, Yellow, and Green Sprinkles Why those colors? They are the traditional colors of carnival, the short period of ordinary time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. They say it's purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.


  • Spray the pan, toss the rolls in all willy nilly.
  • Even them out a bit. Bake at 350. 40 minutes for 3 cans, more for 4 cans, less for 2 cans.
  • Let it cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack, then poke the baby Jesus into the bottom.
  • Flip over onto a serving plate. Icing then sprinkles.


Note: This recipe is featured in this episode of the CAY shorts.  Epiphany Part II : An Easy DIY King Cake : Catholic All Year : Kendra Tierney