Celebrate Mardi Gras with these festive Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Celebrate Mardi Gras with these festive Mardi Gras Cupcakes



Mardi Gras is just around the corner and although I am not planning on going to New Orleans any time soon, I am planning on living it up right here in my own home with these amazing Mardi Gras Cupcakes!

Plus these cupcakes are so beautiful and festive you will probably want to make them more then once a year! Yum!



1 box of white cake mix (plus ingredients called for on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)

Food coloring in purple, yellow/gold, and green

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

¼ cup softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 cups confectioners’ sugar





1. Make cake batter according to box instructions. Evenly divide batter into 3 separate bowls and use food coloring

to color 1 bowl purple, 1 green and 1 gold. For bolder colors, use more food coloring.

2. Starting with the purple, place a little batter in each of the 12 muffin cups lined with cupcake liners. Then layer

green, followed by gold. Fill batter until it’s just below the top of the cupcake liner.

3. Bake cupcakes according to box instructions. Allow to cool before frosting.

4. To make frosting: use an electric mixer to cream together cream cheese and butter. Mix in vanilla extract and

cinnamon. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar. Frost all cupcakes and top with coordinating colorful sprinkles.

(Makes 12 cupcakes)



  1. Those are such festive cupcakes! They look delicious!

  2. Karen Glatt says:

    These are such beautiful cupcakes and I would love to make these. They look easy to make, and I can have them as dessert for my family! I already pinned it to Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a fun idea! My daughter would love making these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. vickie couturier says:

    this looks so good my grankids would love it

  5. Jenna M Wood says:

    I love Mardis Gras and I love colorful! I bet I could use this concept with lemon, lime and grape batter flavors for a fun fruity theme! Thanks!

  6. Those look so good and easy to do. I have to try them.

  7. They look fantastic! So colourful,

  8. Those are too cute. My boys would love those – for Mardi Gras or just anytime 😉

  9. Wow, they look so delicious and very festive. My family would enjoy these cupcakes for sure!

  10. These are soo cute! Love it!

  11. These are so fun! My kids love making cupcakes and would have a ball with these.

  12. I’ll take any excuse to eat cupcakes! Those look delicious, and I love the Mardi Gras colors!

  13. So cute and I love the bright colors! I hadn’t really thought about Mardi Gras but this would be super fun to make with the kids!

  14. Wow those do look “Heavenly” I miss my Mardi Gras day in Louisiana! Thanks for walking us through the preparation process, it does make it easy! Will try this weekend.

  15. This looks amazingly yummy! I would love to have this for dessert, and my family would too.

  16. Those are really cute cupcakes! Mardi Gras food is so good. I’m wanting some Jimbalaya.

  17. Love the colours, very festive! Looks like an easy recipe too, thank you!!

  18. these look delicious!

  19. Such a festive and fun idea for Mardi Gras!

  20. Oh those look so much fun, and yummy too! Perfect for mardi gras!

  21. These are so FUN! I love the gold sprinkles and the layered colors in the batter!

  22. These are pretty, very creative idea

  23. Easy and fun…thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!!

  24. These cupcakes are so pretty! We don’t really get into Mardi Gras but I love the colorfulness of it!

  25. How creative. These cupcakes look amazing! My mouth is watering.

  26. Looks Like So Much Fun For My Kids Thank You!!

  27. These look so professional and FUN!! I love the swirls in the batter & the golden sprinkles. 🙂

  28. Cute!! My kids would get a kick out of the colors.

  29. Oooo, I love the way these look. So festive and obviously they’re delicious too!

  30. These look so fun and easy! My kids would love these.

  31. Super cute and festive! Fun for a celebration!

  32. Those cupcakes are gorgeous. Now I’m hungry!

  33. Wow, I don’t know why don’t think of this stuff! My kids would love colored cupcakes!

  34. Yum! What a fun way to celebrate Mardi Gras! I love the colors

  35. Amy Desrosiers says:

    These are super cute cupcakes! I love the color combinations so much!

  36. Very fun and the kids would love these. A great thing to share with friends!

  37. Love Mardi Gras celebrations. These cupcakes look so tasty and festive!

  38. Those look like a lot of fun, my kids would love these!

  39. These are cute! It’s a great idea for MardiGras!

  40. How pretty and tasty looking! Love the colors!!

  41. Those cupcakes are awesome!

  42. This looks like such a fun additionto a party.

  43. These are so cute. Perfect for Mardi Gras!

  44. These are so pretty!! And much simpler to do that I would have guessed

  45. These look like so much fun! I love the colors and they are totally festive and get my in the Marti Gras mood!

  46. G’day! Who doesn’t like cupcakes? Thanks for including Foodie Friend’s Friday links to your linky parties!
    Thanks for sharing! Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Nothing But Noodles Pasta Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  47. These are so festive and perfect for a Mardi Gras celebration!

  48. So colorful looking. Tasty looking also.

  49. I just love your festive Mardi Gras Cupcakes! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  50. How pretty! Time to get our beads and cupcakes going, pinning this one!

  51. How fun.. I love the different colors and I’ve been dying to use food coloring to color our cake… Always seen it, just never done it myself, thanks for a great recipe, think I will make some this weekend and surprise the kids

  52. Those turned out good! I’ll have to give this a shot!

  53. G’day! Always a good reason to celebrate!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Nothing but Noodles Pasta party!
    Cheers! Joanne


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