King Cake Buns-Bread Machine Recipe

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is a time for indulgence, celebration, and vibrant colors before we enter the Lenten season. One of the most iconic treats associated with Mardi Gras is King Cake, a sweet, brioche-like pastry adorned with icing and colorful sugars.

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While traditionally made in a large ring shape, we're going to give this classic recipe a twist by turning it into delightful King Cake Buns, perfect for sharing and snacking during the festive season. Let's dive into how to create these miniature delights with a burst of Mardi Gras colors!

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With these King Cake Buns, you can bring the spirit of Mardi Gras into your home in a fun and delicious way. The colorful sugar paste decorations add a festive touch, making them perfect for celebrating this lively occasion with friends and family. So, gather around, indulge in these sweet treats, and let the good times roll! Happy Mardi Gras!


           Bread Machine King Cake Buns

Prep time: 15 min


Servings: 15-24 pieces


  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the colorful sugar decorations:

Sugar paste
8 tbsp butter
8 tbsp powdered sugar
Food gel color:Purple, green, and yellow 


  • Activate the yeast: In a small bowl, combine warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the mixture and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • Prepare the dough: In a large mixing bowl or the bread machine pan, beat the eggs and melted butter together. Add the yeast mixture and mix well.
  • Incorporate dry ingredients: Gradually add flour, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms. If using a bread machine, use the dough setting to knead and rise the dough.
  • Let the dough rise: Once the dough is mixed, cover the bowl with a clean towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Shape the buns: After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into small portions. Roll each portion into a ball and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving some space between each bun.
  • Decorate with colorful sugars: In separate bowls, mix granulated sugar with purple, green, and yellow food coloring to create vibrant shades. Sprinkle the colored sugars over the buns, creating a festive Mardi Gras-inspired design.
  • Final rise: Cover the buns loosely with a towel and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
  • Mix butter and sugar to form a paste, tint it in the colors of your choice, roll it to an even thickness.
  • Place the sugar paste on top.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Once the buns have risen, bake them in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Allow the King Bread Buns to cool slightly before serving. These delightful treats are best enjoyed fresh but can also be stored in an airtight container for a few days.
  • You also filled the buns with almond paste or chocolate. Enjoy!!