8 Mardi Gras Cupcakes to Get the Party Started

King Cake Cupcakes on a gold stand
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Laissez les bons temps rouler (or "let the good times roll") with these fun and festive Mardi Gras cupcake ideas. From miniature cakes inspired by traditional Louisiana desserts (these King Cake Cupcakes are absolutely perfect for the occasion, and these brown sugar- and nut-filled Pecan Pie Cupcakes are reminiscent of New Orleans' pralines) to celebration-worthy treats (these boozy Champagne Cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any party and these Easy Flower Cupcakes were made to usher in spring), you'll find a new favorite in this collection of Mardi Gras cupcakes.

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King Cake Cupcakes

King Cake Cupcakes on a gold stand
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"Less yeasty and more cake-like than king cake, these quick cakes get you the vanilla-nutmeg-lemon-buttermilk flavor and fun colors of a traditional king cake — without waiting around for a yeasted dough to rise," says recipe creator thehungryscientist.

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Easy Flower Cupcakes

top-down view of cupcakes decorated with marshmallow "petals"
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Welcome spring with a fun Mardi Gras celebration and these bright and happy cupcakes. Don't be intimidated by the petals: They're made with marshmallows, so you don't need any fancy piping skills.

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Champagne Cupcakes

These boozy, champagne-infused cupcakes are worthy of any celebration. You can tint the mini cakes with green, gold, and purple food coloring for a festive Mardi Gras touch.

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Pecan Pie Cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

If you like nutty New Orleans pralines, you'll love these sugary pecan pie cupcakes. Make these quick and tasty desserts with only seven easy-to-find ingredients.

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Pecan Banana Cupcakes

Channel the essential flavors of two Louisiana favorites, pecan pie and bananas foster, with this fun and flavorful recipe. This is perfect for fans of banana bread all year-round.

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Doughnut Muffins

Donut Muffins sprinkled with sugar

Skip the beignets and serve doughnut-inspired muffins (which are basically naked cupcakes). What's the secret ingredient, according to recipe creator Dianne? Nutmeg.

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Rainbow Cupcakes

a white-frosted cupcake with a bite taken out of it to show a rainbow-colored inside, decorated with a gummy rainbow candy

These rainbow cupcakes are perfect for a festive, springtime celebration. The arch-shaped candy topper is optional, but definitely recommended.

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Sweetheart Cupcakes

Sweetheart Cupcakes

Use your leftover Valentine's Day candy to make these sweet treats. They look like a labor of love, but don't worry — thanks to a package of white cake mix, you this dessert only requires six ingredients.

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