King Cake Twists

King Cake Twists

King Cake Twists

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes



Here’s a dessert fit for a king to carry around! Wrapped and shaped into a twist, this version of a King Cake Twists will have everyone eating out of your hands.

Makes 5 large twists

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These make great dippers for leftover frosting, just place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and warm for ten seconds, stir and serve alongside.


  • 1 package refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • Bourbon Vanilla Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Optional decorating ingredients-
  • Purple sanding sugar
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Gold food spray


  • 1 Preheat oven to package instructions.
  • 2 Remove cinnamon rolls from packaging and unroll into a straight line.
  • 3 Cut each roll in half into equal parts.
  • 4 Put two halves next to each other, and at the top end overlap them and press together.
  • 5 Begin weaving them into a twist pattern and wrap the bottom ends together and press firmly
  • 6 Bake according to package instructions.
  • 7 Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
  • 8 Using a spoon or a silicone brush, apply generous amounts of the icing; it will melt into the outer layer of the twist.
  • 9 Decorating:
  • 10 While the icing is still warm, sprinkle purple and green sanding sugar across the top of the twist.
  • 11 Immediately afterward, spray with gold food spray
  • 12 Finish with a light dusting of purple and green sanding sugar.



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