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Peeps Sunflower Cake Recipe

Peeps Sunflower Cake Recipe

The inspiration for this cake came from one of my favorite flowers, the sunflower. The yellow peeps make eye-catching flower petals, and I carefully placed chocolate chips in a circular pattern to resemble the seeds in the middle of a sunflower. This cake is easy, but looks quite impressive. —Bethany Eledge, Cleveland, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
  • 19 to 20 yellow chick Peeps candies
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (assorted sizes)

Directions

  • 1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two parchment paper-lined and greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • 2. If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a long serrated knife to make level. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  • 3. For petals, arrange Peeps around edge of cake, curving slightly and being careful not to separate chicks. For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 702 calories, 33 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 502 mg sodium, 97 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Peeps Sunflower Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"Went over GREAT at Easter!! Had fun making it, too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"So cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"Oh so fun & fabulous for Easter!

- Theresa"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"I have made this cake several times. It is so simple, but so darn cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"I used my own cake recipe but this was a cute presentation."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I made this for my Granddaughters Easter dinner...it was a huge success. However I bought the yellow bunny peeps by mistake. Since they had petal like ears they worked really well. Thank you for a great recipe that can be changed for different occasions."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"Made this for Easter and it turned out so cute! The store was all out of the yellow Easter chick peeps so I bought orange ones and it looks just as nice. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"Yes. One box of cake mix equals 2 pans"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"I made this with lemon cake mix and homemade lemon icing. The cake was so cute. Lots of compliments. Yes, you use one box of mix and split between two pans."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"I have not tried yet. 5stars on looks for now. I have a question before I can make it.

Okay I feel silly asking this but....... I should use one cake mix box and divide it into the two cake pans? Is that correct. Two layers from one box? Thanks in advance."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"I made this two years ago and everyone loved it. Easy. Will be making it this Easter too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"I made this cake with my son last Easter, for my elderly mother who loves Peeps. The cake came out great, was easy to make and was a hit as an Easter desert, not just for mom but for everyone who was there. We plan on making it again this year!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Neat idea!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

"I have made this cake and it is just beautiful. I made a very dark chocolate cake instead of yellow and it was great. The Peeps were so cute. I fork-picked the frosting instead of chips and it worked and was easier. Great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"to onenonblonde: I read your review about getting several catering orders, I am just starting up my catering business and have added this cake to cake list. Do you mind me asking you an approximate price range you sale this particular cake for? I sell my with its own cake carrier (which only costed my $1.00, but I have it listed for $25.00. Would you say that is competitive or too high or low?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"awesome idea but the peeps kept sliding off definitely try others ideas and separate them"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Made this cake this weekend and it was a huge hit, my niece and nephews loved it! It was so festive. I used marble cake instead of yellow, I think any cake and frosting combo would work well with this fun recipe. I separated the peeps to make them fit (they slid off if I left them joined together, plus I figured it would be easier to slice). Once they were on there you couldn't tell the difference."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"This is great!Next time I make this I will use chocolate covered sunflower seeds instead of the chocolate chips!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"I have made this cake several times. I used a fudge chocolate cake mix. Yummm..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"I've made this adorable cake the past several years for my Easter dessert table and everyone loves it! I also buy extra Peeps in yellow, aqua, pink & orchid colors, and store the packages in an airtight metal container so I can make this cute cake for school and church bake sales throughout the year. The cakes are always the first to sell!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"My husband loves Sunflowers and grows them every year. I will make this for him for his Easter surprise!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"my little son and I made this last year...2013! It was fun. We had a great time baking together."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I've made this a couple times. It's easy, looks really pretty and everyone loves it. I'm thinking I'll make it for work this year too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"We've made this cake twice. Our friends love it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Grandkids loved helping me make this. But then didn't want to cut it. Thanks for the fun."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"super simple and very pretty"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"I made this for my daughter's first birthday and it was a hit! I out toothpicks on each of the peeps on the ends of each little row to hold them in place and it worked great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"Tastes great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"What a fun recipe. I made this for Easter and everyone, kids and adults alike, thought it was great. It was quick, easy and festive. What more could you want."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"oops- make that BIG hit"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"It has become an annual tradition to make this cake in my family. Several co-workers have taken the idea home as well. This year I made the traditional way and then with orange peeps and orange creamsicle frosting on a white cake with white chips in the center. A bit hit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"Made this!! Sooo easy n cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"This was so easy to make! I used my own chocolate buttercream frosting, though; can't stand canned stuff. I used 8" cake pans so the cake stood a little taller, but wow - how very cute!! Super easy! I had to run my hands under cold water a few times while putting on the chocolate chip "seeds" - the heat of my hand holding the chips made them melt and I couldn't pick them up - LOL! Can't wait to take it to church and watch the kids devour it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I love the idea!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"Very Tasty and cute ."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"I made this cake for a get together with families and everyone, kids and adults, loved it. To answer the question about freezing Peeps, yes you can freeze them and since they are available now in the stores, it would be a good time to stock up. I think this cake would be a good addition all summer long so be sure to buy plenty of Peeps!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"These were so fun to make and so yummy. Guests hated to eat them because they were so pretty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"anybody know if you can freeze the peeps?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"Everyone loved it! They were so impressed. It is fun to make something that looks like it took forever...it did not!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This will be a new Easter tradition. So easy and cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This will be a new Easter tradition. So easy and cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"its such a great idea i made them into cup cakes came so cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"I've made this cake several times using different flavored cakes. It's fun, and very appealing to the eye. Always a hit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I made this as a homemade chocolate cake with a cream cheese & chocolate filling with chocolate icing and it was fabulous. Gave it to my son's girlfriend for her Spring birthday and she loved it and the Peeps decorations. Placing the chocolate chip "seeds" one-by-one is a bit trying but the outcome is so amazing that it's really worth it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"10000"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"This is really cute and was fun to make. My kids loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"The special thing about this cake is how it is decorated. I used a plain white cake mix. Frosted it with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting and did the Peep petals with chocolate chips in the center. But what really set it off was to place some fresh white flowers on the plate around the base of the cake. BEAUTIFUL!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"made this cake for great grandchildren for easter. Big hit!! Easy to make, delicious and lots of compliments!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"It was an 'o.k.' recipe, if you want something extremely easy and fairly fast. Looks better than it taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Great recipe everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"This is an easy fun cake to make. We separated the peeps and added a dab of frosting to the bottom to help stick to the top of the cake. I also added strawberry jam to the middle of the layers instead of more frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"Made this cake for a birthday and Easter and everyone"loved" it !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"I have made this several times since the recipe was published in the feb/mar 2008 issue. This year I made a gluten free white cake and iced it with vanilla icing, used pink peeps and some edible pink glitter from a bakery supply store for the center. I cut a sliver off the end peeps to help them stick together. It's a hit every time!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Really easy and delicious!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"My cake with the Peeps looked a little more triangle than round.... I need to practice a little more, however, a very fun recipe for Easter...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"This recipe was definitely a hit with young and old! Easy, fun and certainly the talk of the dessert table! My only suggestion is that I cut apart the peeps so they would stay in place. Made it with white cake, milk chocolate frosting, and miniature hershey kisses in the middle for the "seeds". Yummy!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I made this for Easter and everyone loved it . So simple to make and of course it was delicious as well.. Im def buying more peeps to stick in the freezer. This would be a really cute baby shower cake too !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"This cake was the centerpiece of a buffet for yesterdays customer appreciation sale that I hold annually. (Made from my own cake recipe and frosting recipe. from this site). I had 27 requests for the printed recipe, took 4 orders for catering, and at the end of the party/sale, sold the one that I had made. Everyone said that it was too pretty to cut-a theory that usually drives me nuts. The extra $$ soothed my irritation just fine! Kudo's to the Doughboy for an easy and quick pleaser, picture-worthy and with unlimited variations. I'm stocking and freezing the marshmallow treats for summer catering. 2 thumbs up."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"Very easy to make with a a great end result. I would suggest however putting tooth picks in the peeps because mine started falling off, but it turned out great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"Made box yellow and then a recipe I found on this site for "Rich Chocolate Frosting". Fun and easy, and came out looking just like the picture. Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"Sooo Cute! I had a fun time with this recipe. Was easy to put together. I chose to use a butter recipe yellow cake with a milk chocolate frosting and milk chocolate chips. Taking it to share with my family on Easter Sunday. Sure to be a hit. I also suggest purchasing more peeps after the Easter holiday to put into the freezer for later use. Looks great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"So easy and fun to make with the kids. Even my 19 yr old helped put the peeps on."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"Such a cute cake! Just a note.I heard on t.v. just this week that peeps have a 2 year shelf life!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"Made it for an Easter get-together and everyone was so impressed and told me that I should own a bakery. Little did they know how easy this was!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"I made this cake for a managers meeting at work. Everyone was impressed and enjoyed it. So easy to make and you look like a cake decorating genius!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"If you want to make this in the summer, buy the Peeps and freeze them.A few days after Easter you will get them for 75% off!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"So easy and cute!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"I did not give this recipe five stars because it uses a box cake. I think the idea is precious and I will make it again but I will use a scratch cake recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"This was an instant hit with my family! My 3 year old son had fun helping me with it, and he said "wow!" when he saw the finished product. Very simple and tasty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"Made this for a family gathering yesterday. It was so pretty people were hesitant to cut it, but when they did, it was gone in no time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"I've done a choc cake with kisses in the middle and twinkies around the outside it looks like a giant sunflower and yummy too!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"This is so clever and super easy to make!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Everyone loved it. Great for Easter. So easy . I ended up having to come up with another idea for a white cake. used a blue peep on that one with roasted coconut for a nest in middle of cake and little robin egg whoppers for little eggs in nest and all around outside edge. Thanks for the idea to use peeps."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"I wanted to make this in the summer because it seemed to fit more. Since PEEPS are a seasonal thing I was unable to use them. I just dyed whit frosting and did the best I could to make "petals"."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"This was the hit dessert of our Easter brunch. I used raspberry jam in the middle of the cake to make it extra special."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"I made this as an Easter dessert. Rather than a yellow cake with canned chocolate frosting, I used Ghirardelli 'Ultimate Fudge Brownie' mix to make a single 9-inch brownie and used the glaze packet from the brownies. I only needed 16 (not 19) Peeps. The cake looked fabulous and was a big hit. I had no problem with the Peeps sliding."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"This recipe was AWESOME! Very quick & easy to make. Tasted great!! I made 2 smaller cakes instead of 1 big one decorating it with different color peeps on each. My friends & family loved it!!! :) Will def. be making again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"I did this with a white cake mix but can't use any chocolate so I used a buttercream colored a light brown. I can out really nice."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"I love sunflowers and my husband loves peeps , so I knew I had to make this cake. It was so easy to make. Looked just like the picture. I placed the peeps inward more not right on the edge and they stayed fine. Can't wait to try different color peeps and cake choices."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"I made this tonight...couldnt find jumbo chocolate chips which is what a friend suggested I use to save time, so I used hershey kisses instead. Turned out great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"My 4 year old loved helping to decorate this cake. It turned out great. We can't wait to eat it tomorrow for Easter!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"If you love peeps then this cake is for you! My kids have helped me make this for the last 3 years and is a must for Easter!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"Wish i would have read the reviews first. My peeps are sliding off even with tooth picks. Should have put them up father on the cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"I made a test cake for a goodbye party and everyone at work thought it was very clever. I'm taking it to our Easter dinner this Sunday. I too used toothpicks to hold the Peeps in place--I think the problem is putting them too close to the edge."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"I made this cake with pink peeps last year and it was a huge success! I also sprinkled chocolate sprinkles in the middle as I couldn't get my chocolate chips as nice and pretty as it is in the picture and it turned out fabulous! I plan on making one this easter with purple peeps!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"I made this cake for my son's pre-school Easter celebration. It was so easy, it must have taken me 10-15 minutes to decorate my cake. I used marbled chocolate chips and dusted them with the yellow sugar crumbs from the Peeps. The result was fabulous!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Very easy and looked great. I used toothpicks to keep the peeps on. For some reason (maybe the weight of the peeps on toothpicks) the cake broke down the middle. No one noticed because of all of the chocolate chips."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"Easy to Make and looks great! My daughter already ordered one for her birthday cake - she collects sunflowers, so it would be perfect for it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Worked out great and looked great too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"This cake turned out as great looking as the picture and was not difficult to make. My family was very impressed as it looks like it takes a lot of time to put together, but it is just the opposite."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"Great cake to make with kiddos, we loved it and had a fun time making it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"Was a huge hit at Easter, even though mine didn't turn out quite as pretty, everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"What a fun cake!! Made it for combination Easter/Birthday and it was such a hit. It was such a happy cake. Kids loved it. So simple to put together and I'll be making more this spring and summer."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"I couldn't find yellow peeps so I used pink ones! Oh and I am so glad I did! It was so pretty! I had to use toothpicks to keep the peeps on. The other thing I added was a little bit of chocolate sprinkles to fill in between the chocolate chips, I then sprinkled the pink sugar that was left over from the peeps on top to finish it off. The cake was so pretty no one wanted to eat it at first!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"We used Devil's food cake and milk chocolate frosting... it was really delicious with those chocolate chips!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"My 4 year old daughter and I made this for Easter... it was so much fun to put together and everyone thought it was so creative and fun! <3"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"this was a very fun recipe to make and eat. The biggest problem was that the peeps would not stay on so I had to use toothpicks. I also used a chocolate cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"This recipe has the most "Wow" factor and it is so easy to make. The peep lovers in my family went crazy for it! I really wish peeps were made year around. This cake would be so cute with red white and blue peeps for the 4th of July ."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"I made a homemade chocolate cake (the sour cream chocolate from Taste of Home) and homemade frosting, but decorated it according to this recipe and it was the brightest item on the bake sale table! The peeps tried to slide a little so I tied a string around them until the icing set."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"Turned out great and was so easy to do!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"I made this last year at Easter time for my dad's 87th birthday. It was a hit!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"I made this for an Easter Dinner a few years ago, it was fun and enjoyed by all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"I made this cake last Easter. It came out perfect. I love it when a recipe turns out like the photo and is delicious too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"Ithink I'm going to try this recipe with those new chocoalte peeps and use lemon or choc. chip cake and maybe pink frosting !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I used a lemon cake mix and pink peeps to make a coneflower. Very easy, pretty and tasty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"dylan loves peeps!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2009

"Wow this cake looks awesome! I think you did a really good job. Peeps! Cool!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2009

"Cute. Think I'll use chocolate chip cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2009

"I made one of these as a raffle item for the bake sale at work. It was the talk of the day. It was so easy to make but looks so Grand."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"I took this to my Son's house for lunch and the Great Grands had a fit over it. All little boys and they squealed like little girls."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"I made this cake this weekend. My husband took one look at it and said, "That looks like it should have taken you all night to fix." This is definitely a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"This cake is very easy to make. It makes a great centerpiece for any Easter gathering."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2008

"I made this just recently for Easter and everyone was very impressed with it. It looks complicated, but was very easy to prepare. I would recommend this cake to everyone!"

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