King Cake bread pudding: Decadent desserts

Tina Howell

It's Carnival time in New Orleans and we are all about anything king cake. From king cake ice cream to donuts and even sodas, this cinnamon flavor dessert is just about everywhere. Bread pudding is also a very common dessert here in the south. Bread pudding is made with stale bread, milk or cream and usually contains eggs and butter as well as spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla. The bread is soaked in the liquid, mixed with the other ingredients and then baked.

With the abundance of king cakes that are available during Mardi Gras, it was only a matter of time before these two sweet treats collided into a one delicious, decadent dessert. This recipe for king cake bread pudding is one of my favorite things to make during Mardi Gras. It is always a hit at parties and also ensures that there is no leftover, wasted king cake.


  • One large dry traditional flavored king cake
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • Purple, green and gold colored sugar or sprinkles
  • Condensed milk for topping (optional)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cut the dry king cake into small cubes and place in a greased 9 by 13 baking pan.
  • Drizzle the melted butter all over the top of the bread.
  • In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs then add the milk, cream, sugar, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the bread pieces in the pan.
  • Let the bread stand for about 30 minutes, until the cubes have soaked up most of the mixture.
  • Bake for about one hour or until the bread pudding is firm.
  • Sprinkle the top of the bread pudding with the colored sugar.
    NOTE: You can drizzle the top with some condensed milk for a little extra goodness.

Let the bread pudding cool, then serve and enjoy!!

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