Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Baking: Sunflower Peep Cake

We just made the cutest cake and for once a cake that looks really fun was very easy to decorate! I got this idea from a magazine clipping I saved from years ago, and I have no idea which one as there's just a photo that I had sitting in my dessert file or I'd tell you. I've been trying to get ER more involved in the kitchen, and this was something she could do and have fun with.

You will need:
  • One cake mix, we used a yellow cake one
  • All the ingredients called for on the cake mix box: eggs, oil, water etc.
  • One container of chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate chips
  • Package of chick shaped marshmallow peeps, ours had three little boxes all sealed up as one
So as you can see this is really more of a decorating how to than a real recipe since you begin with a boxed cake but a baker I am not and if not for the good people at Betty Crocker we'd never have cake!
Begin by following the directions on the box and make the yellow cake, with the ingredients called for. Mix and bake in round pans, we used nine inch round pans and made two cakes from the one package.Take nap while cakes bake, and then eat a snack to fortify yourself for all the decorating work ahead. Be sure to dump juice all over yourself, necessitating a change of clothes before beginning any work.

Let cakes cool, stack one of top of the other and put a layer of chocolate frosting in between layers. Frost the entire cake with chocolate frosting and gather chocolate chips and peeps.Place peeps around the perimeter of the cake, forming a circle and press firmly into frosting. As you can see some of the frosting may pull away from the cake as it sticks to the peeps, don't worry about this as you'll be covering this up.This next step is the most crucial and important one there is...do not skip!

Take a break from all the "hard" work you've been doing for a peep eating break. Like I said, don't skip or your entire cake will be ruined!After reviving yourself with a much needed sugar rush, finish decorating cake by adding the chocolate chips in the center of the cake.
Voila, you are now ready for your audition at the Food Network! Your family and friends will be very impressed, heck it does look pretty good considering the master decorator is only two and a half!Enjoy with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream along with your family to celebrate the beginning of spring or in our case to celebrate my parent's wedding anniversary that was last Sunday.

This has been added to a few recipe blog parties: Tasty Tuesday at Forever Wherever, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, and Kitchen Tip Tuesday at Tammy's Recipes. It is also my Tackle it Tuesday at Five Minutes for Mom, because anytime I bake and try to make it cute it's a tackle for me!

Update March 2010, also shared at: Life as Lori's Spring and Easter Party and Strut Your Stuff Easter and Spring at Somewhat Simple.

42 Friends Said:

dougandcheryl said...

that's really cute!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

Adorable! I think I'm going to have to do that one tomorrow. I just need to by the Peeps. fun!

Sheila said...

This is adorable, Katie! But I have to say that I think ER is even more adorable than the cake. She's a doll, and boy, is she having fun or what! I think my girls would love making this cake not to mention eating it!!

Great job!

Holly said...

EEEEK! ER looks so happy and sweet helping mommy with that cute cake! Thanks for the smile, Katie!

Anonymous said...

SO CUTE! We will have to try that here in Alabama! Thanks for the idea, and the SUPER ADORABLE pictures!

Sandra said...

That is too cute!!

Jennifer said...

That cake is so cute! :)

Tonja said...

Oh that is so cute! My kids love to help me bake.

Omg, I feel like I havn't been to your board in forever. Well about the little black dress...I love that dress and I LOVE that dress. I would buy somthing similar to it not exactly like it. But that is the kind of dress I want for the wedding.
And if you have lost 25 lbs I am proud of you! I need to loose about 20 to get where I want to be and where I was before kids. It just sux because I have been sick and the last thing you want to do when your sick is workout!

FromThe Creek said...

Peeps and cake...life couldn't get any better than that!

Mama King said...

Wow! Looks professional! Your ER is too cute!

Rachel said...

Very cute and creative!

Cam said...

I love sunflowers and this cake - Very festive :) Thanks for sharing!

*Noelle* said...

oooh, how cute!! she looks precious; i just wanna pinch those cheeks!! lol her cheekies remind me of gage's!! she is really photogenic too:)

noelle ♥

Melissa said...

My friend made this on Sunday for a church potluck. I love it. It is from Taste of Home magazine. They even have it posted on the site right now. Very cute!!!

Melissa

Jerralea said...

What a great idea! My kids love peeps, so I'll try this at Easter time.

Whoa, I mean I'll try it this week!

Your child is so adorable in those pictures!

Kris said...

Oh how fun!!! How do people come up with these things? My kids would get the biggest kick out of this. Thanks for sharing and showing such cute pictures of the little baker too! ;)

shopannies said...

that is too cute and is it not fun to have little ones in the kitchen

Susie said...

That is such a cute tackle!!

Karen said...

That looks so cute! I might have to make one myself...

Missy said...

How stinkin' cute is that?!!! Love it! You're daughter looks like she had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

Courtney said...

So cute! It's peeps! :)

Amanda said...

Hi Katie!
That cake looks adorable and OH SO YUMMY! Makes me want to skip my late lunch and just eat some desert! :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog the other day and leaving a comment on my button crafts.

Blessings,
Amanda

BranFlakes said...

That is the cutest cake ever! I think we will make it!

Preschool Playbook said...

Hi Katie. I just wanted to let you know this site along with your ABC site is just a wonderful place to visit. Everything is so enlightening and fun. In recognition of all your hard work I wanted to send along the Smart Blogger award. Take care.
Trish

Quinn said...

I was going to say, "What a cute cake!", but I see that you already have been told numerous times, so I won't be redundant :D

melinda said...

kids in the kitchen!! wooohoo!!
she's adorable!
great cake idea! thanks:)

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Oh, what a great little dessert! That looks like a lot of fun and ER looks like she had fun helping out. That smile of hers is adorable!

Joy said...

So darn cute! The cake's not bad either! ;o)

Margaret said...

The cake is so cute. When you told me bout it, I just couldn't picture it. You know how I am. Emily looked like she had so much fun!

kawaii crafter said...

how cute is that! and yummy too, I bet

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Wow! You know I love it! It's beautiful! It looks like it would pass the taste test too!

~Kim

Small fry & Co. said...

Super cute idea and a super cute daughter too.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Such a clever cake idea. I love the pictures of your little helper. Thanks for sharing and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Lynn said...

This cake turned out soooo cute. It really does look like a sunflower. Thanks for sharing the idea :) I do the same thing, pull out a clipping from years ago and from who knows where; then if people want to know where it came from I can only guess based on the typeface ;0

Brenda said...

That looks like a lot of fun, and pretty easy. Your little girl is adorable!

Katie said...

Checked out the Taste of Home version, but I don't think my picture is from there. Mine isn't the right size. It's half a page torn out of those booklet style recipe magazines by the check out register. The Taste of Home one is really pretty however, with everything looking all orderly. Our chocolate chips were dumped on not laid out all nice. But it sure tasted good anyway!

Jill Boydston said...

Katie,
You continue to amaze me. This is soooo cute. Tomorrow is my mom's birtday. Lauren & I made this cake today. Bummer, we couldn't find yellow Peeps at either of our local grocery stores. We went with pink. Can't wait to taste Grandma's b-day cake tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
Jill & LEB ♥

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I love your cake. Very cute!

Ashley said...

I love that cake! Too cute. I came over from Somewhat Simple

Kelley said...

YMU-O....what a cute little assistant chef you have too.

Lori said...

Please stop by I featured this cute cake!

Http://lifeaslori.blogspot.com

Southern Fried Gal said...

Oh my word - that is too stinking cute! Have a blessed weekend!

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