Best King Cake Monkey Bread

Best King Cake Monkey Bread

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King Cake Monkey Bread is a fun spin off of a New Orleans classic. It’s super simple to make and it incorporates the same flavors in King Cake, transforming them into a pull apart dessert everyone will love.

Best King Cake Monkey Bread


  • 3 13 oz cans cinnamon rolls (i.e. Grands Flaky Cinnamon Rolls 8-count) each cut into 4 pieces, reserve cream cheese icing
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened and divided
  • β…” cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 large eggs
  • purple, green and yellow edible glitter or sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Spray a bundt pan or tube pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer whip together 6 oz cream cheese, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla until combined. Add eggs. Beat in half and half until blended. (Small bits of cream cheese may remain)
  • Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 quarters. Arrange evenly in pan. Drizzle evenly with wet ingredients.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and puffed. Check at 30 minutes and lay foil on top to prevent over browning, if needed. Let stand for 10 minutes then turn onto a serving platter.
  • To make the topping: Using an electric mixer, whip together remaining 2 oz cream cheese with cream cheese frosting from cinnamon rolls until smooth. May add additional half and half to make easier to drizzle.
  • Drizzle over monkey bread. Decorate with purple, green and yellow edible glitter or sanding sugar.
  • Serve immediately.


This bread puffs up considerably while baking but, settles while it cools in the pan for 10 minutes. You may also bake this in a deeper tube pan.

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