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Giant Peep Cake

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You know Spring has sprung when Peeps hit the shelves. Those little marshmallow chicks herald longer days, warmer weather, and the promise of a future trip to the dentist. Celebrate their reemergence with the Giant Peep, a cake that is all of Spring baked into an homage to everyone’s* favorite April treat.

This Giant Peep Cake is 200x the size of a normal peep, which is important, as it contains a surprise clutch of Peeps within.


*Not actually everyone. Just everyone but Dave.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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I originally got this idea from an issue of Food Network Magazine, but decided they had really missed an opportunity with their Peep Cake.  I took their recipe one step further and filled my Giant Peep Cake with a brood of store bought marshmallow Peeps! 

CAKE

Use your favorite cake recipe for the body of the cake.  You'll want to double it up.  I used two box mixes!  If you want to know a secret, often when I "test-kitchen" cake recipes at work, I'll throw in one that's straight from a box.  It's usually everyone's favorite, which is part disappointment, and part relief, as it means when I need to throw together a cake super quick, no one will mind if I make one from a box.  Shhhh.......

FROSTING

The frosting here really tastes like melted down peeps.  I recommend trying this, although the texture can be a bit tricky, and a buttercream, or even pre-packaged frosting would be much easier to work with.  But if you're game, try this:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring
  • Yellow sugar
  • Chocolate for eyes
PANS

To shape the body you'll want to use a variety of baking vessels:
  • 9x13" baking pan
  • 1-quart oven safe bowl
  • 2 1/2-quart oven safe bowl

Make sure to grease and flour the pans well.


INNARDS

This recipes makes a solid, delicious, giant peep cake.  But if you're feeling zany, you can hollow it out and fill it with tiny peeps and surprise and delight your guests!  I was able to fit 15 peeps in the cavity I created.
Love it!!!!!

chickflix1 year ago
you know you COULD make your own peeps to fill the Trojan Peep..... ;) jus sayin.... hahaha. excellent work as always Scooch!
Sporkette2 years ago
It's a Trojan Peep!
Oh no! With all the peepy goodness it would be hard NOT to bring it into the walls of my city.
Peeps must be a regional thing - I've never heard of them here in NZ.

Stop trojan cakes - eat them outside your city walls :)
yea I think they are only are in the USA
:)
poofrabbit2 years ago
I adore peeps it's an illness. This is just plain fantastic, I love that the peep is full of peeps!
yum yum in my tum
reganbella2 years ago
That is the most amazing thing I have ever seen!
firefly682 years ago
This is really great. I wish I'd seen it before Easter!
TheGreatS2 years ago
I remember reading somewhere that these little guys are almost un-dissolvable. Water and sulfuric acid will only provide a place for the peep to float and wont do anything beyond that. What did work was a very potent protein dissolving fluid (Deadly to humans of course) which finally broke them down, leaving only little brown wax dots that once were they eyes. However this article didn't reduce my love of peeps...
Kinnishian2 years ago
I feel much more comfortable knowing this cake is made from real cake; it's not a giant mash of peeps.
HollyMann2 years ago
WOW! My son would LOVE this!!!
Keko2 years ago
This is art. A stoke of genius.
lmnopeas2 years ago
Man,what a sugar rush! I love that you took it a step further and added the peeps inside.It definitely adds that element of surprise!
mslaynie2 years ago
OMG, this is so awesome! I can imagine the laughter that occurred while you were staging the final photos. And now I want peeps!

I'll have to hit the stores on Monday for half-price peepage.
SIRJAMES092 years ago
see what I mean? this cake looks delicious!!! and I bet it tastes the same way too.

Her hubby is one darn lucky guy....8=)
hahahaah.. so damn true..
chrwei2 years ago
that's like half frosting! ok maybe not half, but it's a lot!
djcssp2 years ago
Truly a fun idea. I like peeps when they are a little crusty on the outside but don't think you would want a cake like that. Great job!
This is an amazingly delicious cake!!! I think I'll have some more :)