Sunflower Peeps Cake

There’s a phrase around here that goes something like this: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.”

Well, the change part is certainly right. Who ever said that North Carolina had any kind of normal weather patterns was seriously mistaken when they came up with that. We’re not quite to the middle of April and we’ve seen days with highs in the 80’s and nights with lows in the 30’s, rain, wind, storms — it’s been a fun few weeks of ups and downs in the weather.

So, with all of that, I felt like I needed to bring a little sunshine into our kitchen with a Sunflower Peep Cake. Ever heard of such? I didn’t think so. Here’s what I’m talking about…this cutie:

Isn’t it adorable?! I saw this idea and fell in love with it! I thought it was a perfect way to spruce up a regular ‘ole 2-tier cake and make it extra special, don’t you think? Jon thought it was super-cute, too (not his exact words — but you get the gist). Seeing as yesterday was Easter, I thought this was a fitting way to use some of the Easter candy that has been swamping the stores lately (and Jon certainly doesn’t complain, as he likes these cute little  peeps).

So, how about we get to making this adorable cake that’s perfect for spring? Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • 1 box of cake mix (I used yellow)
  • 1-2 cans of chocolate frosting (depends on how much you like to use — I got away with using 1 but you might want to have 2 just in case)
  • Yellow peeps (I ended up using 15 peeps in total)
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate morsels (whatever you don’t use, you get to eat!)

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Bake your cake according to the package directions for 2-9 inch round pans, let cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then lay out on wire racks (or lightly greased wax paper) until completely cool
  • Ice your 2-tier cake as you normally would
  • Next, take out your peeps and admire them…and get a sugar rush from just being surrounded by the pure sugar
  • After your sugar high goes away, take your peeps and, with a sharp knife, cut between each of them (if you try to pull them apart, the marshmallow will just pull and not look very pretty)
  • Carefully arrange your peeps along the top edge of your cake, tails out (I left just a bit hanging over the edge of the cake but not much — wanted to make sure that there was plenty of icing to keep the peeps on the cake)
  • Take your chocolate chips, lay them out on the counter (to make your life easier) and, with the points up, lay them out in a circular pattern in the center of the peeps
  • Dig in and enjoy!

Doesn’t that sound so simple for such a beautiful finished product? Well, it is! It didn’t take long at all for me, and it really wasn’t tedious at all (I don’t like things that are tedious…I can’t handle them).

Let me know what you think. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you! And if anyone has ideas for any variations, bring ’em on!

Original recipe from Taste of Home