Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the richest, most indulgent Mardi Gras dessert recipes. They make wonderful after-dinner splurges before the Lenten fasting season.
  • 01 of 09
    Banana Tarte Tatin. Flickr user "dizznbonn"
    Bananas are easy to find year-round, and are reminiscent of the warm, sweet air of the Gulf Coast. Add a drizzle of rum sauce to this quick, flaky pastry for a little bit of Mardi Gras heaven.
  • 02 of 09
    King Cake. Martin Rottler
    This king cake recipe is based on the original variation of the sweet, yeast-risen cake filled with cream cheese custard typically served at Mardi Gras celebrations. The colorful cake is always sprinkled with yellow (or gold, symbolizing power), green (faith), and purple (justice) sugar or frosting. Whoever gets the baby or bean in their piece of cake gets to be king or queen for a day.
  • 03 of 09
    Brioche Doughnut. Zaimoku_woodpile
    Brioche itself is an extravagant treat, but these brioche doughnuts elevate the legendary dough to a whole new level. Dense and light at once, and altogether rich and aromatic, these doughnuts are the ultimate confection.
  • 04 of 09
    ©Rebecca Franklin, Licensed to
    Rich chocolate truffles are enlivened with a bit of Grand Marnier and orange zest in this delicious recipe. The result is pure New Orleans
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  • 05 of 09

    Cafe Brulot Recipe

    Cafe Brulot. Flickr User "one2c900d"
    Technically, this is coffee, but is served with Mardi Gras desserts. This delicious spiced cafe brulot recipe is straight from the heart of the Cajun and Creole cuisine of New Orleans. Prepared tableside in local restaurants with equal parts grace and theater, the coffee features flambéed brandy, citrus peel and spices, mixed with hot coffee
  • 06 of 09
    Flourless Chocolate Cake - Chocolate Fondant Cake. Arnold Gatilao
    Dense, rich, and luxurious are a few terms that come to mind when describing this chocolate fondant cake recipe, also known as flourless chocolate cake. Made with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of vanilla, this recipe makes a silky loaf cake, or gateau, that melts in your mouth.
  • 07 of 09
    Epiphany King Cake. Steph Gray
    For an extra special Mardi Gras treat, bake this Galette des Rois recipe. Also referred to as king cake, it's made of homemade almond cream filling sandwiched between two delicate, buttery layers of puff pastry. In France, it's customary to nestle a fava bean, or le feve, inside the rich filling and crown the finder as the "king" or "queen" of the evening. Make sure to warn your fellow diners if you take up the tradition of le feve!
  • 08 of 09
    Chocolate Souffle. Diana Miller
    The perfect celebration dessert is a simple chocolate soufflé. It is a magical, airy, rich, and complex confection that perfectly rounds out any meal. Served fresh out of the oven, it delights young children and impresses dinner guests.
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  • 09 of 09
    Champagne Sorbet. ©Christine Cowen
    Sorbet is a classic brunch offering and palate cleanser. This Champagne sorbet recipe elevates the dessert by turning the crisp, dry sparkling wine into a frozen cocktail. The addition of lemon zest isn’t paramount to the recipe, but it does add flavorful, tangy notes to the sorbet, perfectly harmonizing with the wine. Garnish a scoop of it with fresh strawberries for a lovely, light dessert.