Peeps Sunflower Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 08, 2023
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


  • 1 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)


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two parchment-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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Thick frosting tends to tear cake. For easier spreading, try thinning it with 1-2 teaspoons water.
  • Tweezers come in handy when arranging chocolate chips.
  • Keeping Peeps connected works great for decorating this cake. But you can also cut them apart and arrange individual chicks around the cake's perimeter. Either method yields an adorable result.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 slice: 679 calories, 30g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 417mg sodium, 105g carbohydrate (83g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.