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Peeps Sunflower Cake

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
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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    • lkollock
      Apr 18, 2019

      dmab ?

    • dmab6395
      Apr 15, 2019

      It says here 4 boxes of cake mix--can't be....

    • Marta
      Mar 15, 2019

      Since I fell in love with peeps when I was a child, I instantly decided to make this cake, I cooked last night and served it today to my sewing group at lunch. Many compliments came my way. My variations: spice flavor cake mix. My granddaughter taught me to use applesauce instead of oil in a cake mix. I used one 9 inch cake pan and a second 5 inch pan (for home). I made my own frosting from melted choc chips and butter stirred with confectioners sugar, a blop of milk and teeny bit of nutmeg. My peeps stayed right where I applied them. I used a thin blade serrated knife to separate them. They fanned out around the cake edge . I used green food coloring mixed in " White Shimmer Sugar" and sprinkled it around the bottom of the cake. My old arthritis fingers took an hour to apply the chips to both of the cakes. I was so excited about them, it didn't matter! Big success at meeting today! Can' t wait to make them for our grandchildren next. Thank you for the lovely photograph accompanying the recipe.

    • picklesconway
      Mar 28, 2018

      I made this Peeps cake for a volunteer tea at our Animal Shelter. It was a hit. Turned out exactly like photo. It took two hours from start to finish allowing for cooling time. I used large bittersweet chips and filled in with semisweet mini chips and then sprinkled leftover peeps sugar on top. You have to separate the peeps to get the roundness. My cake took 18 Peeps. I used box yellow mix doctored with vanilla pudding mix, extra egg etc. Like in recipes you can search to improve a cake mix Used chocolate marshmallow frosting in can and added 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. It needs two cans. I sliced the cake along side each separated peeps which made for thin slices but was plenty since it is sweet. If you still had the Peeps connected slicing would be more difficult for sure.

    • picklesconway
      Mar 28, 2018

      I made this peep cake for a volunteer tea at our Animal Shelter. It was a hit. Turned out exactly like photo. It took two hours from start to finish allowing for cooling time. I used large bittersweet chips and filled in with semisweet mini chips and then sprinkled leftover peep sugar on top. You have to separate the peeps to get the roundness. My cake took 18 Peeps. I used box yellow mix doctored with vanilla pudding mix, extra egg etc. Like in recipes you can Google to improve a cake mix Used chocolate marshmallow frosting in can and added 1)2 tsp vanilla extract. It needs two cans. I sliced the cake along side each separated peep which made for thin slices but was plenty since it is sweet. If you still had the Peeps connected slicing would be more difficult for sure.

    • laughingloudly
      Apr 5, 2017

      I made this for my sister-in-law's birthday this past weekend. She loves peeps and flowers. It was a hit! The best part was that it was super easy for presentation-challenged bakers like me! The cake actually looked like the picture! :-)

    • debs951
      May 10, 2016

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

    • klutzy17
      Apr 6, 2016

      So cute!

    • lurky27
      Mar 27, 2016

      Oh so fun & fabulous for Easter!- Theresa

    • Queenlalisa
      Sep 14, 2015

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