Making a festive and creative dessert for a special occasion can be fun and exciting, but it can be challenging to find a unique idea that will impress your guests. However, a peeps cake is a fun and colorful dessert that is perfect for Easter or any springtime celebration. Peeps are small, sugary marshmallow chicks that are iconic symbols of Easter, and they can be used to create a whimsical and playful decoration on top of a cake. Whether you are an experienced baker or a beginner, making a peeps cake is easy and enjoyable, and it can be customized to suit your taste preferences and design ideas. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of making a peeps cake, from preparing the cake batter to arranging the peeps on top of the cake. So let’s put on our aprons and get ready to create a festive and delicious dessert that will delight your taste buds and impress your guests!
Ingredients Needed for Peeps Cake
If you’re a fan of the fluffy, marshmallowy goodness of Peeps candies, you might be surprised to learn that they can be used in baking as well. A Peeps cake is the perfect way to celebrate Easter or any other occasion where you want a fun and festive dessert. Here are the ingredients needed to make a delicious Peeps cake.
To make a Peeps cake, you’ll need a standard white or yellow cake mix. You can use any brand that you like – just follow the instructions on the box for preparing the batter.
Marshmallow fluff will help give your cake that extra-moist texture and sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with Peeps candies. You’ll need one jar of marshmallow fluff for this recipe.
A good buttercream frosting is essential for any cake, but it’s especially important when making a Peeps cake. The frosting provides an opportunity to add even more color and sweetness to your dessert. You can either make your own buttercream from scratch using powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract and milk or purchase pre-made buttercream at your local grocery store.
To achieve those bright pastel colors synonymous with Easter and springtime in general; food coloring is needed here! Gel food dye works best as it’s more concentrated than liquid ones hence giving more vibrant results without adding too much liquid into recipes.
Water will be needed in order to mix up your boxed cake according to its instructions.
You will require oil such as vegetable oil necessary when following guidelines from boxed cakes’ instructions.
2. Preparing the Cake Batter with Peeps
Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start preparing your cake batter. Follow these steps to incorporate Peeps into your cake batter for a unique and tasty dessert experience.
Before starting any baking activity, it’s important to preheat an oven according to boxed mix instructions.
Prepare Cake Mix
Follow the instructions on the box for preparing the cake mix using oil, water and eggs as per guidelines given.
Add in Marshmallow Fluff
Once you have prepared the cake mix according to its instructions, add in one full jar of marshmallow fluff into a mixing bowl containing prepared batter. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer at low speed until everything is well combined.
Add Food Coloring
If desired, add food coloring at this point until you achieve desired color preferences.
Crushed Peeps Time!
This is where things get exciting! Take about 10-12 peep candies of different colors and crush them together by placing them inside a ziplock bag then use a rolling pin or meat mallet gently pound until they become small pieces – not too fine though as we want them visible in our final baked product for taste and texture purposes.
### Fold In The Crushed Peeps Into The Batter
Gently fold in crushed peeps pieces into your marshmallow-batter mixture until mixed evenly throughout with no lumps left behind.
### Pour Mixture Into A Greased Pan
Take your greased pan then pour in mixture slowly making sure it’s levelled before putting it inside preheated oven.
### Bake As Per Box Instructions
Bake as per box instructions hence checking every few minutes after the prescribed time has passed since ovens can differ slightly regarding temperature control which will affect cooking times so keep watching closely! Once golden brown crust forms on top of our finished product remove from oven then let it cool completely before frosting.
3. Baking the Peeps Cake
With your Peeps cake batter prepared and ready to go, it’s time to bake your creation! Here are some tips and tricks for ensuring that your cake turns out perfectly baked.
Preheat The Oven
Preheat the oven according to the box instructions before putting in the pan filled with batter.
Pan Choice Matters
Choosing the right pan size is important when baking any dessert including our peep inspired one. For best results, use a 9×13 inch baking pan which will ensure even cooking throughout.
Fill Your Pan
Pour in all of your prepared mixture into greased pan then gently tap it on a flat surface to release any air bubbles.
Now place this pan inside preheated oven and bake according to instructions given on boxed mix packaging. It’s essential not to overbake or under-bake because this can affect texture/flavor of our final product hence keeping a close eye is important.
Check For Doneness
Check for doneness after prescribed baking time has passed by inserting a toothpick into center of our peeps cake if it comes out clean then its fully cooked otherwise return back into an oven checking every few minutes until done.
### Let It Cool Down!
Once done, remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting or decorating!
4. Making the Icing and Decorating the Cake
The final step in making a Peeps cake is to add frosting and decorations. Here’s how to make a delicious buttercream frosting and decorate your cake with Peeps candies.
Making a peeps cake is an easy and enjoyable experience that can result in a visually appealing and delicious dessert perfect for any special occasion. Using fresh marshmallow fluff and sticking to white or yellow cake mix varieties is recommended, as is adding food coloring sparingly and following box mix instructions closely. Decorating the cake with crushed peep candies and refrigerating it for best results can also make a significant difference in the final product.
Make Buttercream Frosting
A fluffy and creamy buttercream frosting is the perfect complement to a Peeps cake, so let’s make one!
- In a bowl, beat 1 cup of softened butter until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Add 4 cups of powdered sugar into this bowl followed by vanilla extract (2 teaspoons) then mix until smooth.
- If necessary, add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
Just like we did earlier when mixing batter; adding food coloring into our frosting can give some vibrancy hence use gel food dye for best results!
Frost The Cake
Once your buttercream frosting is ready, you can frost the cooled-down peeps cake using an offset spatula or piping bag if you want more control over placement.
Decorate With Crushed Peeps Candies
Now it’s time for creative expression! Use crushed peep candies from earlier as toppings around sides or on top of frosted areas. You can also arrange whole peep candy pieces across topside surface of our dessert plus scatter sprinkles if desired.
### Chill The Cake
Place decorated peep cake inside refrigerator for at least an hour before serving so that everything sets perfectly!
5. Tips and Tricks for a Successful Peeps Cake
Making a Peeps cake can seem daunting, but with the right tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create a delicious and visually appealing dessert that’s sure to impress. Here are some tips for ensuring your Peeps cake is a success.
Use Fresh Marshmallow Fluff
Marshmallow fluff is an essential ingredient in any Peeps cake, so it’s important to use fresh fluff for best results. Check the expiration date on the jar before using it in your recipe.
Crushed Peep Candies
Crushed peep candies give our dessert those unique textures/taste hence make sure they’re crushed just right – not too fine or too chunky!
Stick To White/Yellow Cake Mix
While it might be tempting to experiment with different flavors of cake mix, sticking with white or yellow varieties will ensure that the colors of our peep candy pieces pop against lighter-colored backgrounds.
Follow Box Mix Instructions Closely
Always follow boxed mix instructions closely! This will ensure that you get accurate measurements and don’t mess up anything during preparation stage.
### Let The Cake Cool Down Before Frosting/Decorating
It’s crucial that we let our baked good cool down completely before frosting otherwise everything could melt or spill out especially when applying decorations like sprinkles; so patience here pays off!
### Add Food Coloring Sparingly
When adding food coloring into batter/frosting add small amounts first then build up gradually because overdoing this can affect taste/texture thus ruining all efforts put into making ideal peep inspired dessert.
### Refrigerate For Best Results
Refrigerating decorated cakes can help solidify everything hence allowing frosting/decorations time to set properly resulting in firmer texture which is great if transporting same item from one place to another!
What is a peeps cake?
A peeps cake is a dessert consisting of a cake base, frosting, and marshmallow peeps decorating the top. The cake can be made with any flavor of cake mix and frosting, but usually, the colors of the peeps are used to inspire the flavor choice.
How do I make a peeps cake?
To make a peeps cake, start by baking a cake according to the box instructions in two round pans. Once the cake is baked and cooled, cover the top of one cake with frosting and place the second cake on top of the frosted cake. Then, frost the entire cake with frosting and decorate the top with marshmallow peeps.
Can I use different colored peeps on my peeps cake?
Yes, you can use any color of marshmallow peeps to decorate your peeps cake. The colors can be mixed and matched to create a colorful and unique design on the top of the cake.
How long will a peeps cake stay fresh?
A peeps cake will stay fresh for up to three days if refrigerated in an airtight container. After three days, the cake may begin to dry out and lose its freshness. It is best to eat the cake within the first three days after making it for the best taste and texture.