Mardi Gras Monkey Bread!

Let me paint you a picture. It’s parade day…you’re looking ahead to a few too many days without school and LOADS of treats and late nights and early mornings and no naps. Plus, you probably want to avoid picking up donuts for breakfast AGAIN. Well, I’ve got a quick and easy parade day/Mardi Gras break breakfast idea that is sure to please the whole fam (and maybe that parade brunch crowd as well, especially if you are lucky enough to live on the route!).

Monkey Bread. But this isn’t your regular old Monkey Bread…it’s KING CAKE MONKEY BREAD! It’s amazing what colored sugar can do to quickly transform a “regular” breakfast to a super festive option that will make breakfast FUN!!


First things first, gather your ingredients and hardware…. You will need:

Bundt Pan (if you don’t already have one, Party Time has my FAVORITE bundt pan!)

Oil Spray

2 cans of biscuits

½ cup of white sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 ½ sticks of butter

¾ cup of brown sugar

For the decorations:

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 tbsp of water

1 cup of sugar divided in 3

purple, green, yellow food coloring (Again, I love Party Time for these Gel Food Colors!)

Now that we have our goods, let’s get to cooking!

 1.     Open the biscuit cans and quarter each biscuit.

2.     Put ½ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a zippy bag or a bowl and toss the biscuit pieces in the cinnamon sugar mixture!!

3.     Spray the bundt pan with oil spray and put the biscuit pieces in the pan.

4.     Melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar

5.     Pour the brown sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces in the bundt pan

6.     Bake the Monkey Bread at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes

7.     Let the Monkey Bread cool in the bundt pan for 10 minutes then invert on a plate.  

While the Monkey Bread bakes and cools, we will make the topping that will transform plain old Monkey Bread into a Mardi Gras treat!!

Divide the remaining sugar into three bowls and add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl, then use your fingers to work the coloring into the sugar. It’s pure magic!! And if you want to skip this step all together, you can buy colored sugars at Party Time!! Then, in a fourth bowl, mix the powdered sugar and water together with a whisk.

 Now, here is where it all comes together…. Drizzle the powdered sugar glaze all over the top of the Monkey Bread… don’t be shy because this is what the colored sugar sticks too!! Then use the colored sugar to create a king cake affect on top of the Monkey Bread!! AND you can even find little babies at Party Time to put on the Monkey Bread to make it EXTRA festive!!

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Y’all. You did it! You have made a King Cake Monkey Bread that will fill bellies and warm hearts and set everyone up for a fun parade day!! The best part?! It reheats really well!! You can always throw the leftovers in the fridge and reheat on a sheet pan in the oven or in a microwave safe dish the next day!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love taking the time in the kitchen to bake from scratch and make special handmade treats…but sometimes quick and easy is what you need at the end of the day OR early in the morning.

This post was written in partnership with Party Time in Baton Rouge!