Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes

Looking for Mardi Gras dessert ideas? Find recipes for king cake, doberge cake, bananas Foster, and other classics.

Staff Picks

Calas (Creole Rice Beignets)

Rating: 4 stars
A great use for leftover rice, these beignets feature raisins and cinnamon and are great for a Sunday brunch.

Buttermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Rating: 4.7 stars
I grew up eating king cake in NOLA but never really LIKING it. I finally decided to give it a go myself and have to say that this is, hands down, the best I've ever eaten. A conglom of several recipes, it's great with coffee, not too sweet, not too bready, with a rich, tender crumb and the traditional lemon/nutmeg flavors of a genuine NOLA king cake. Best eaten same day but pretty darn good the day after (if there are leftovers!). Enjoy, y'all!

Pralines II

Rating: 4.5 stars
Delicious candy and pretty easy to make.

Air Fryer Beignets

Rating: 3.63 stars
These beignets take on a wholesome aspect as they're cooked in an air fryer. You will need a silicone egg-bite mold, available through retailers like Amazon®.

Colored Sugar

Rating: 4.86 stars
Make your own colored sugars and save yourself a lot of money over the holiday season. This recipe is easy and can be kept in the jars for months.

Doberge Cake (Dobash)

Rating: 4.5 stars
Also known to a friend as Jewell Cake, named after her mother, this cake is a tower of moist cake layers with icing and is no easy feat to take on! However, this recipe helps simplify it a bit!

Fastelavnsboller (Fastelavn Buns)

Rating: 3.75 stars
Traditional Danish buns with a custard-type cream and chocolate icing are always eaten by children on Fastelavn, which falls around Shrove Tuesday.

Costas French Market Doughnuts (Beignets)

Rating: 4.61 stars
As kids, we always put in a heart-filled request for these on Christmas Eve. It was quite a family affair - my mom would make up the dough, my dad would roll them out and cut them and then after frying them up, us kids would take turns shaking them in a paper bag with powdered sugar! I finally got to go to New Orleans and I was excited to get to try 'the real thing' at the famous Cafe Du Monde...I was SO HAPPY because my husband and I both said our recipe was a near carbon copy of CAFE DU MONDE! We've made this recipe for over 40 years and I promise it won't disappoint!


Rating: 4.47 stars
Had these in New Orleans and loved them, so I tried different combos and liked this best.

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Rating: 4.51 stars
This is the best bread pudding I've ever eaten! My husband wants me to make it every weekend for Sunday brunch.

New Orleans Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Rating: 4.73 stars
My family loves this pie at Thanksgiving, Christmas or really any holiday of the year. So put on some jazz, pour yourself some java, and have a piece of this delicious dessert. The chocolate chips and the bourbon add a delicious change to the normal pecan pie. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rating: 4.74 stars
This is my mom's recipe for Rice Pudding. It's the best I've ever tasted and it gets rave reviews from everyone I serve it to. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon, if desired. For creamier pudding, use short or medium grain rice.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Bananas Foster

Rating: Unrated
Watch Chef John make this easy show-stopper of a dessert.

King Cakes Rule Mardi Gras

Feed your Mardi Gras krewe with a King Cake: a fabulous ring-shaped pastry sprinkled with green, gold, and purple sugars. Check out our gallery of favorite recipes.

King Cake

Rating: 4.12 stars

This a sweet bread that is made during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It has a cream cheese filling and a simple glaze. A tiny plastic baby baked into the bread and will bring good luck to whoever finds it.