One of the best ways to celebrate Easter is no other than to eat candy. In fact, the Easter holiday is the second largest holiday that candy is consumed? And the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy is the colorful Marshmallow Peeps. More than 700 million of these cute peeps are purchased in America every year. The fine folks at the Just Born company created these yummy candies in 1953, and makes the candies mostly year round. These Peeps are recognized more in the form of little yellow chicks, but they are also made into bunnies and other animals–depending on the holiday. Now add a touch of spring to your Easter Feast this year with this recipe for a Peeps Sunflower Cake…
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 2 cans of chocolate frosting (16 ounces each)
- 19 yellow chick Peeps candies
- 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the packaging. Grease and flour two 9 inch round baking pans and bake the cake at the temperature and time that is listed on the packaging. If you prefer, you can also use wax paper to line the baking pans. Allow the cakes to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely. If you are using the wax paper, carefully remove it from the cake.
Level the tops of the cakes with a serrated knife to trim. Begin to spread the chocolate frosting between the layers of the cake and over the top and sides. Arrange the peeps as petals around the edge of the cake, curving them slightly and without separating them. The heads of the peeps should face the center, while their tails point outward. To create the sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in the center.
This wonderful, giant sunflower is easy to create. You won’t even mind if the Peeps Sunflower Cake becomes an Easter tradition every year. You can even use a different flavor of cake mix, if you prefer to have a little more color. Or even use different color peeps for a nontraditional look to the sunflower cake.