Slideshow: 9 New Orleans-Inspired Desserts To Make For Mardi Gras

Quick King Cake
Quick King Cake
This version is a quick take on the traditional King Cake using store-bought puff pastry. The filling is cinnamon-sugar, and as a nod to its Southern state of residence, contains bourbon-poached golden raisins. This cake calls for a dried bean to be placed, so warn your guests prior to biting in lest you want a king or queen with a cracked tooth! Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Pecan Pralines
Pecan Pralines
Pray-leen, prah-leen: we can all agree on delicious. Get the recipe!

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Bananas Foster Trifle
Bananas Foster Trifle
Bananas Foster was created in 1951 by Paul Blangé at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans. You can update the classic recipe with this trifle, which layers brown sugar-walnut cake with vanilla custard, rum syrup, meringue, and, of course, bananas foster. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Beignets
Beignets
Even if you can't get to Cafe Du Monde you can still have beignets. This recipe fries up crisp and almost caramelized on the outside and light within, with a good dusting of confectioners' sugar. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Cajun Caramel Corn
Cajun Caramel Corn
Even if the main focus of your Mardi Gras party is booze, you can make this easy snack. The caramel corn may not seem too spicy at first, but it will certainly sneak up on you. Just like a Hurricane. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Jenny McCoy

Bourbon Bread Pudding
Bourbon Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is easy to find in the Big Easy and heck, so is bourbon. Combine the two in this decadent dish. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Squire Fox]

Challah Pain Perdu with Vanilla Crème Anglaise
Challah Pain Perdu with Vanilla Crème Anglaise
A favorite at spots like Cafe Adelaide, pain perdu is a rich dish can work as both an indulgent breakfast or a satisfying dessert. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]