Easy 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Roll King Cake

Are you a huge fan of those cinnamon-flavored dough rounds covered in sweet green, gold, and purple sugar or icing? It is hard not to be a huge fan when you live in Louisiana. It is officially Carnival Season, and we are here for it all! If you are looking for one of Louisiana’s best desserts, we got you covered. 

You can enjoy all the feels of Mardi Gras without having to travel to New Orleans. Maybe you are planning to throw a Mardi Gras party this year. We’ve put together a guide of where you can grab your king cake around the Baton Rouge area, our 2023 Guide to King Cakes Around Baton Rouge. 

Looking for Mardi Gras Camps? Check out our Guide to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Events and Camps. Don’t forget to check out all the things to do in Baton Rouge with kids!

If you can’t make your way out during this Carnival Season or maybe you want something fun with the kids, then you must try out this Easy 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Roll King Cake!

Easy 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Roll King Cake

If I haven’t told you yet, I love king cakes. I don’t think I have come across when that I didn’t like. Give me all the fillings and flavors. What is even more fun is when you are able to bring the fun of Mardi Gras to your kitchen with this Easy 2 Ingredient Cinnamon Roll King Cake. It really is super easy!

Overhead view of a cinnamon roll king cake made at homeI say 2 ingredients because you can’t forget those festive sugar sprinkles. You really only need 2 cans of cinnamon rolls. I have made these cinnamon roll king cakes this way with 2 cans of Grands Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls as well as this the way in this recipe, using 1 can of Grands Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and 1 can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I wanted you all to see there are other options if you can’t snag a can of Grands Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.


  • 1 can of Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls and 1 can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • Green, Yellow, and Purple Sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Roll out a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Open the 2 cans of cinnamon rolls. Set the icing aside for later.
  4. Take 2 unrolled Grands Cinnamon Rolls and 3 unrolled Cinnamon Rolls (with their ends connected to create one link), and sandwich the regular cinnamon roll in between 2 Grands cinnamon rolls. Pinch them together to form one piece. unrolling cinnamon rolls
  5. Continue to do this with the remaining cinnamon rolls, unroll them pinching them together. Press these edges down to help seal them. This will give you 2 thick pieces for braiding as well as 2 Grands and 2 cinnamon rolls left over.
  6. You will braid the 2 longer pieces and pinch their ends together to create a circle with the 2 braided cinnamon roll logs. For the left over, you will create 1 log with the Grands on the outside of the regular cinnamon rolls. Then just twist and pinch the ends to create a circle, giving way to a mini king cake. creating king cake round
  7. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the top is browning and the king cakes are cooked through.
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding the icing that came with the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls cans.
  9. Add the icing and your green, yellow, and purple sugar sprinkles.

A homemade king cake made with Pillsbury Grands and Regular Cinnamon RollsLaissez les bons temps rouler!

Clair is a former science teacher turned stay at home mommy to 3 kids, Ryleigh (6), Brady (5) and Chloe (1). She is originally from Mississippi and moved to Louisiana after meeting her husband at Mississippi College. She can’t imagine living anywhere else now. The culture here in Louisiana is the best: from the great food to cheering on the LSU Tigers. Her background in science has her loving to incorporate all things science while at home with her kids. This has led her to the world of blogging! Her blog, The Sprouting Minds, includes all things ‘mommy’ as well as those engaging kid activities. She hopes she can spread the love of science to other families as well as encourage mothers along the way.


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