Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Mardi Gras King Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 394
Mardi Gras isn't complete without a sweet and colorful king cake, filled with cinnamon, sugar, pecans, and maybe even a plastic baby.

Calas (Creole Rice Beignets)

Rating: 4 stars 2
A great use for leftover rice, these beignets feature raisins and cinnamon and are great for a Sunday brunch.

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 5927
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.
By Allrecipes Member

Air Fryer Beignets

Rating: 3.5 stars 18
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®.

Pralines

Rating: 4.5 stars 207
Had these in New Orleans and loved them, so I tried different combos and liked this best.
By MARKR

Colored Sugar

Rating: 5 stars 175
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 8
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: 4 stars 4
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: 4.5 stars 258
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!

Pralines II

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
Delicious candy and pretty easy to make.

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 87
This is the best bread pudding I've ever eaten! My husband wants me to make it every weekend for Sunday brunch.
By CHERRY195

New Orleans Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 79
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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Bananas Foster
Rating: Unrated 33
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.
Bananas Foster
Rating: 5 stars 1100

Elegant and quick dessert of sweet bananas cooked in a buttery rum sauce.