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King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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Homemade King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Lord knows I love me a good cinnamon roll. When things go wrong & I have a rotten day, a little sugar paired with a sweet dough is my savior. What can I say, I’m a lover of all carbs.

Now, I know I share a good amount of my baking successes on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. It’s fun & I like to show what I’ve made for my loved ones. Let’s be real though, there are some fantastic failures as well. This King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe came from one of my worst & most stressful bakes.

Making The Most of a Baking Fail

A while back, I had an audition for a television show about baking. I’ve made my Mardi Gras King Cake a million times. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but the point is that I’m confident I can make it. So, imagine my horror when the day of my audition, my King Cake dough went nuts. It wasn’t rising, it was sticky & honestly, it was a total baking fail. I blocked out many of the details because I was stressed to the max.

With my time running out, I said to hell with it & made cinnamon rolls in case my cake didn’t finish in time. Well, I didn’t make it on the show, my King Cake did in fact NOT get done, but I found out King Cake Cinnamon Rolls are a force to be reckoned with. I should’ve brought them instead! Seriously, they are so good!

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe Really into This Blog Final

“Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful” – Mae West

Truer words were never spoken. I love a good King Cake & I love a good cinnamon roll, so both together are HEAVEN.

First, this dough is legit. It’s easy to work with & the mix of lemon, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg tastes JUST like the King Cakes I’m used to.

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Dough

The filling is no joke either. It’s more like a cinnamon paste. Because it’s thick, it doesn’t run all over the place in the oven.

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Filling

The filling is pretty easy to smooth over the dough. Try to get it close to the edges because it helps hold it together. I ALWAYS struggle with this part!

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Filling

Roll with the longest side of the dough, so you can make the most rolls. Also, I use dental floss to cut the rolls. It works better than anything else I’ve tried. Be sure not to use flavored floss, unless you want a minty cinnamon roll. I’ve done it & not on purpose.

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Homemade

Let these guys rise for 1 to 2 hours & then they are ready to hit the oven. See those EXTRA tails? That’s because I didn’t spread my filling all the way to the edge. It doesn’t bother me, but if it bothers you, feel free to trim them.

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

OH MY WORD. This King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe may actually work!

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Cream Cheese Vanilla Bean Frosting in action. I always use Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste.

Cream Cheese Vanilla Bean Icing

At our house, we let everyone ice their own rolls. Baby D doesn’t like the icing (I know, I don’t understand it either). I LOVE it, so that means more for me.

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe Cream Cheese Frosting

Little hands make the best helpers for decorating. Eddie did a fine job getting in the Mardi Gras spirit.

King Cake Cinnamon Roll

This Krewe is ready. Let’s roll. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe


Ayyyyyyeee! I am Really Into This King Cake Cinnamon Roll Recipe. It’s like eating a mini King Cake any time of the day. If you’re having a Mardi Gras Party, it would be SO easy to slide a baby into the roll after they are finished cooling. While I am a purist, you could easily add nuts, chocolate, berries, jam or anything into your cinnamon roll filling. No matter how you choose to eat them, you’re sure to enjoy them!

Poll: How Many King Cakes do you eat during the Mardi Gras season?

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Celebrate Mardi Gras season with these delicious King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Author Sarah


  • Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dried milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons  instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • large pinch of salt


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • large pinch of salt




    1. Use a mixer to mix & knead all dough ingredients together. You will knead the dough until all ingredients are combined. Know that the dough will be wet & sticky.
    2. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover & let it rise for about an hour.
    3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface that's large enough to accommodate a large rectangle of dough. If you can stretch it to about 20" x 16"  you're in good shape. Anything that resembles a rectangle will do just fine.
    4. Now, we make the filling by mixing the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon & salt together. It should be fairly smooth & like a soft paste.
    5. Spread the filling onto the dough as best you can. Try to get it to the edges & cover the entire dough surface.
    6. Roll the dough from the longest edge & it will make a long cylinder.
    7. Using floss (not flavored!), begin to cut cinnamon rolls a little over an inch each.
    8. Transfer the cut rolls onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
    9. Cover the rolls again with a loose plastic wrap for 1-2 hours until they've risen. Likely, they won't double, but they will rise more in the oven.
    10. Bake the rolls at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.


    1. Beat the cream cheese & butter until well mixed & softened. Add the powdered sugar & vanilla to make a smooth icing.
    2. Spread the icing over the cooled rolls & decorate as you please.

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