As I was perusing the Easter candy sale aisle today, the rows of peeps without a home compelled me to buy a few extra boxes. This year, I bought sour peeps for all my little chefs, and they ate them up first! Bright green on hte outside and pink bodies underneath all that sour powder, I still haven't dared try one. Now, Peeps aren't really my favorite candy, unless they are used as an ingredient in another recipe and I love the one that Taste of Home suggested we use.
The peeps sit atop a tasty cake making it look like a sunflower. The final touch are the mini chocolate chips that make the center of the sunflower, full of seeds. It's the perfect cake for spring, and peeps get a new job. It's a cute look for a tasty dessert.
Sunflower Peep Cake
From Taste of Home
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)
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. Yield: 12 servings.