Easy Mardi Gras Cake Recipe
Looking for easy cake design ideas for a festive Mardi Gras cake? We have the perfect simple recipe celebrating the yellow, purple and green decorations of the holiday!
Cake Ingredients
Cake Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray three 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray.
  2. Using a hand mixer and large bowl, beat all cake ingredients until combined and smooth.
  3. Divide the cake batter into the three cake pans.
  4. Place into the oven and bake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. Level each cake layer before beginning assembly.
Frosting Instructions
  1. Using a hand mixer and a large bowl, combine the butter, cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Scoop 3 cups of the frosting into a bowl and add in a few drops of purple food coloring. Mix until combined.
  3. Scoop 3 cups of the frosting into a bowl and add in a few drops of green food coloring. Mix until combined.
  4. With the remaining frosting, add in a few drops of gold food coloring. Mix until combined.
Cake Assembly
  1. Place the first layer of cake onto the cake board and scoop 1 cup of purple frosting onto the bottom layer and spread evenly.
  2. Place the second layer of cake on top of the purple frosting and spread 1 cup of green frosting onto the top and smooth evenly.
  3. Place the last layer of cake on top and smooth any frosting sticking out of the sides evenly.
  4. Place the remaining frosting into 3 separate piping bags with round tips.
  5. Using the purple frosting, pipe a vertical row of dots going from top to bottom on the side of your crumb coated cake. Try to keep the dots similar in size and in a straight line.
  6. Using your angled spatula, hold it horizontally and apply pressure to the top dot. Press hard enough so the dot smushes down, but not so hard that it loses its shape. When you reach the crumb coat, pull the spatula away to the side, smearing the dot across the surface of the cake. Repeat down the line until all of the dots have been smeared.
  7. Pipe another row of dots using the green frosting so they overlap the first row of smeared dots (e.g., just to the right). Repeat the smearing process.
  8. Repeat the smearing technique with the gold frosting and then continue on around the cake repeating the same color pattern. For the final row, you can leave off at your last smear, or pipe a row of dots and leave them un-smeared.
  9. Finish the top of the cake by repeating the same dot/smear steps in a circular pattern on the top of the cake.
  10. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to allow the frosting to harden. Serve and enjoy!