King Cake Bread Pudding – cubed king cake baked in a sweet custard and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect for Mardi Gras!

King Cake Bread Pudding - cubed king cake baked in a sweet custard and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect for Mardi Gras!

BF was standing over my shoulder while I was editing these pictures (because I move a stool to the kitchen island for computer work, instead of, you know, sitting at a desk) and I asked him if the melted green sprinkles right in the front of the photo looked unappetizing.

He said he didn’t even notice it until I mentioned it which means you probably didn’t either but now it’s all you’ll be able to see when you look at that picture.

Because my King Cake Bread Pudding is oozing green stuff.

And then there’s that creepy gold baby that I’ve somehow kept track of since we lived in Alabama. And we left Alabama  in 2011.

I’m a big fan of throwing out everything I own a couple times a year but somehow this creepy gold baby keeps making the cut.

Anyway.

King Cake Bread Pudding - cubed king cake baked in a sweet custard and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect for Mardi Gras!

Okay, so what’s a king cake?

It’s a Mardi Gras cake!

Kind of.

It’s a yeast dough filled with cinnamon (or whatever filling you like) and then it’s roll up and formed into a large oval. Once it’s baked, it’s frosted and covered in purple, yellow, and green sprinkles.

That’s where the green ooze came from.

Think of it like a giant cinnamon roll. But better, because sprinkles. And everything is better during Mardi Gras season.

King Cake Bread Pudding!

For this recipe, I took a king cake (that I bought at HEB) and cut it into cubes. I used almost an entire king cake so buy an extra to eat by itself.

Those cubes went into a baking dish and got covered with a mixture of eggs, heavy whipping cream, milk, and a tiny bit of vanilla.

That gets baked until the custard is set and the king cake is browned.

And then you immediately top it with vanilla ice cream so it melts all over and omg, it’s so good.

King Cake Bread Pudding - cubed king cake baked in a sweet custard and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect for Mardi Gras!

But why is there a baby in the king cake?

Whoever finds the baby gets good luck but also has to buy next year’s king cake!

Just pop a baby on top of everyone’s bread pudding for a super cute way to serve it.

More Mardi Gras Recipes!

If you love New Orleans-inspired recipes as much as I do, you have to try my Muffuletta Dip and Cajun Shrimp and Grits.

And if you’re looking for something sweet for your Mardi Gras party, these Mardi Gras Meringues Mardi Gras Meringues are SO CUTE and this Cream Cheese and Raspberry King Cake is a delicious twist on the classic.

And what is Mardi Gras with something a little boozy? My Hurricane Popsicles are one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever done! But if you want something not frozen (because, winter) the classic Hurricane is always a good option.

King Cake Bread Pudding
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Servings: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 cups king cake diced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • vanilla ice cream for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with oil.


  2. Put diced king cake in the prepared dish, making sure the surface is covered. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy whipping cream, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Pour this mixture over the diced king cake and use a spatula to gently press the king cake down so everything is covered. 

  4. Bake for 30 minutes; cover with aluminum foil and bake another 15 - 20 minutes, or until the custard is set. 

  5. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream on top. 

King Cake Bread Pudding - cubed king cake baked in a sweet custard and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect for Mardi Gras!

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