Delicious and Easy Mardi Gras Desserts (2024)

If you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans there’s not need to worry. You can bring the celebration home with these amazing Mardi Gras inspired desserts. Colorful and full of southern flavor these desserts are sure to make you feel like you’re in the Big Easy!

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We have compiled lots of desserts for your Mardi Gras party. Include are authentic and traditional recipes like King Cake, pralines and New Orleans beignets as well as modern twists and festive creations like festive Mardi Gras cupcakes, colorful candy bark and spectacular milkshakes. You’re sure to find a Mardi Gras dessert for your Fat Tuesday celebration.

New Orleans King Cake – Backyard Bohemian

No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a New Orleans King Cake. This traditional king cake is a New Orleans classic and is served in celebration of Mardi Gras. The cake is topped with a sweet glaze and festive sprinkles- but who will find the baby?!

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Pecan Pralines – Joy Filled Eats

Pecan pralines are the perfect tribute to Mardi Gras! They are easy and delicious.

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Festive Mardi Gras Cupcakes – Midget Momma

Homemade cupcakes decorated perfectly with purple, yellow and green make the perfect mardi gras dessert.

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Sourdough Beignets – Barley and Sage

These sourdough beignets are the perfect treat for Mardi Gras! They’re light, fluffy, and covered in a mountain of powdered sugar!

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Mardi Gras Milkshakes – Salty Canary

Splurge on Fat Tuesday with one of these over-the-top, New Orleans inspired, Mardi Gras milkshakes and let the good times roll!

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King Cake Pecan Cheesecake Bars – Barth Bakery

Inspired by the New Orleans iconic Mardi Gras King Cake, these bars meet all of the flavor requirements and are just as delicious as the classic King Cake, but are much easier to make. With six layers consisting of a buttery shortbread crust topped with a rich, creamy cheesecake, followed by cinnamon spice candied pecans, then another layer of shortbread, coated with a vanilla glaze, and decorated with crunchy, colorful sanding sugar, these bars are perfect for any Mardi Gras celebration.

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Mardi Gras Cinnamon Pecan Vanilla Cake Pops – Barth Bakery

Celebrate the Carnival season with these easy and beautiful Mardi Gras-inspired cake pops. These fun cake pops are an unexpected twist on a classic King cake featuring the traditional flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and pecan and topped with festive purple, green, and yellow decorations. This tasty and colorful bite-sized treat is sure to be a hit at your Mardi Gras party.

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Mardi Gras Bark – Drugstore Divas

This Mardi Gras inspired DIY candy bark is easy to make and so colorful and fun. It’s a great dessert option for your Mardi Gras party.

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Gluten Free King Cake – Strength and Sunshine

Carnival season in New Orleans means it’s time to bake up a King Cake for Mardi Gras! This Gluten-Free King Cake recipe is vegan, allergy-free, lightened-up, and low in sugar! A rich brioche-style cake ring with a sweet, buttery filling, decorated with icing and bold colored sugar crystals! A classic Fat Tuesday dessert everyone will love!

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Bananas Foster – Boulder Locavore

The dessert is quite simple and sophisticated at the same time. Bananas caramelized in butter and brown sugar are flambéed in rum then served over vanilla ice cream. The combination of the creamy frozen ice cream, topped with the boozy, warm bananas and drizzled with caramel sauce is like a love potion; you’ll be a goner with the first bite!

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Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture and now makes a living as a freelance writer,traveler and amateur photographer.She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala.She is the founder of and and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel,food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

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