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King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins

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King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 6
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King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins

Layers of buttery cinnamon sugar goodness packed into a muffin and drizzled with Mardi Gras colored frosting and edible glitter.


(11 ounce) package Pillsbury™ refrigerated crusty French loaf
cup butter
cup sugar
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg
(16 ounce) container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Purple, green, and yellow food coloring
Edible gold sprinkles


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • 2 Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl and let it cool.
  • 3 In a small bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside for later.
  • 4 Open the bread dough and place on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, divide the dough with a small slit in the middle. The divide each section again in the middle. Repeat until you have 31 slits. Using a very sharp serrated knife, slice the dough into discs using the slits as guides. Place all the slices on a large sheet of wax paper and flatten with a rolling pin.
  • 5 Brush each disc of dough with the melted butter.
  • 6 Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over all of the bread dough.
  • 7 Stack 5-6 pieces of dough on top of each other. Slice each stack in half and place both sections cut side down in a muffin tin.
  • 8 Place muffin tin onto a large rimmed cookie sheet to catch any sugar or butter overflow.
  • 9 Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow muffins to cool for ten minutes in the pan and then remove.
  • 10 Place 1/4 cup of vanilla frosting in 3 separate microwave safe bowls. Color one bowl of frosting purple, one green, and one yellow. Microwave each bowl for 5-10 seconds or until runny. Drizzle each muffin with each of the colors and sprinkle with edible glitter.
  • 11 Adapted from <a href="http://www.wendyseewendydo.com/2012/03/cinnamon-sugar-pull-apart-muffins.html" target="_blank">Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Muffins</a>
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King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

How about some magnificent Mardi Gras morning muffins? You can bet your beautiful beads we've got 'em!

It's time for Mardi Gras, and you can't celebrate Mardi Gras without a King Cake.

But instead of the traditional King Cake, these King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins are individually portioned, cinnamon sugary bites of heaven drizzled with an ample amount of Mardi Gras colored frosting.


Slice a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread.

Start with a Pillsbury crusty French loaf and make tiny scores across the whole loaf so you can slice even pieces of dough.


Roll out each dough circle.

Roll out each piece of dough so you have a flat circle, which means more surface area for butter and a whole lot of cinnamon sugar. I like to incorporate science into my cooking.


Sprinkle dough circles with cinnamon sugar.

I had a little helper who was literally dumping cinnamon sugar generously on each dough circle. That's the kind of help I like. Stack the discs on top of each other and slice them down the middle.


Place stacked dough into muffin cups.

Place them in a muffin tin, cut-side down, so that the tops are showing. The petal-like tops make the muffins look almost like a flower made from cinnamon sugar dough. (muffin tin)


Frosting for King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins recipe.

To Mardi Gras out these muffins, drizzle melted colored frosting generously on top and sprinkle freely with edible gold glitter.


King Cake Pull-Apart Muffins ready to eat!

Look how festive these are!


Pull-apart Mardi Gras muffins.

Your friends will love pulling these apart layer by layer. You'll want to savor each and every bite.

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