Feature Friday- Peep Cake Tutorial

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This tutorial is written by my sister Lynda.  She is my guest crafter here today on Feature Friday.  Lynda was blessed with the gene that makes her a great cook.  Unfortunately, I missed out on that one.  I’m usually the one that is asked to bring the napkins and paper plates to family gatherings.  Ha!  The family tends to go to her when they want something tasty and fun.  So without further ado, here’s Lynda!

I decided I wanted to make my mom a different kind of cake for her 70th birthday.  She wasn’t really that excited about the big 7-0 so I thought, well, I will make her something special then.

If you know my mom then you know she loves those sugar coated marshmallow peeps that come in the shapes of bunnies and birds around Easter time, in a rainbow of colors too.  I’ve caught mom sneaking some peeps now and then.  She tries to hide the wrappers under the seat of her car but I always notice the wrappers sticking out.

Mom loves peeps so much that when we were kids and Easter rolled around, she would buy big packs of those crunchy “so sweet that your teeth hurt” marshmallows and open the packs up, separate the peeps and place them in our Easter baskets.  The next morning of course we pull our peeps out of our baskets with Easter grass sticking to them and they are hard as a rock.  We think mom did this so that we wouldn’t want them and then she would just have to eat them all.

You can’t waste food ya know.  Getting back to this cake,  I had a picture pop into my mind of a birds nest sitting in a tree.  Hmmmmm.  This had cake possibility written all over it!

For my Peep Cake I used:

1 box white cake mix (prepared)
Small pretzel sticks (Mr. Salty brand)
Melting chocolate
Yellow peeps
4 cans of white frosting
Food coloring

I started by baking one white cake mix in two round cake pans.  Remember to tell your husband not to go slamming doors are talking loud while they are in the oven.  The last thing you want is a flat cake.  By the way,  I also think husbands do this so they can eat the fallen cake since you can’t use it then.

My husband likes to trim the top of the cakes up to make them flat.  This is his job.  No one else is allowed to do this.  If you even look like you are getting a knife out to trim the cake you will have to fight him for it because whoever trims the cake gets to eat the trimmings.  At least I know I’m a good cook anyway.

After you wrestle the cake away from your husband you will need to cut both cakes in half and make four layers.  I used a bread knife for this.  Make sure the cake is nice and cool before you do this too or you will end up with just a bunch of crumbs.

 

Put about half a can of the frosting into a bowl and tint it with about 4 drops of red food coloring and 8 drops of blue.  I like to use the color paste you can buy at hobby stores or specialty stores.  After you get a nice purple color, frost the bottom layer, not the sides mind you, just the top.

Carefully lay the next cake layer on and tint another half can of frosting yellow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, lay on the next layer and tint another half can of frosting pink.  Put the top layer on.  Next, mix up about a whole can of frosting blue.  Frost the entire cake now.

 

Set the cake aside for now.  We are going to make the sticks for the nest.  Lay some waxed paper out and melt your chocolate.  I like to use the microwave to do this.  Coat the pretzel sticks with the chocolate and lay them out on the wax paper to dry.

You must be very careful when you leave the chocolate sticks in the kitchen to dry because I was sitting in my living room and I hear my son in the kitchen say “mmmm, these chocolate sticks are really good!”  You may want to consider putting up a “do not touch” sign or something.  If  your kitchen is anything like mine,  if there is food sitting out, it doesn’t sit for long.  Luckily I didn’t hear “mmmm, this cake is really good!”

Now that your sticks are dry, assemble them into a nest on top of the cake by poking them into the cake and laying them about.  It may help to whistle a tune or something while doing this to get into that “I’m a bird making a nest” feeling. Ha!

Lay out some more waxed paper and melt some more chocolate.  We are going to make some tree branches for the side of the cake now.  I used a Wilton decorating bag and tips to shape the melted chocolate into branch shapes on the waxed paper but you can also put the chocolate into a ziplock bag and cut a corner off and squeeze it out that way.

After your branches are dry, peel them up and place them on the sides of the cake.  Put some plain white frosting into your decorating bag and using small tip,  make little circles like knot holes and lines on the branches.  Next, mix up some green tinted frosting for the grass.  Again, put some green frosting into your bag with a grass tip.  I call it a grass tip but it’s the one with a bunch of little holes in it.  Make some grass all around the bottom edge of the cake.

Open your pack of peeps and put them in the nest.  Yes, they will probably be a little hard by the time you actually eat them but who the heck really likes peeps anyway? 

There it is, you are done.  Now give any leftover frosting to your kids so it doesn’t temp you to eat it and wipe the frosting off your face because I know you were sampling it. He he he

Yes, I got caught.  My husband came in and started laughing and said I had something blue on my face. And green, and yellow, and pink.   Oops!

Thanks so much, Lynda for sharing this tutorial with us!! Next week, I have a unique project to share with you involving popsicle sticks. Stay tuned!

If you enjoyed this tutorial, well I really don’t have anything quite like it on my site, simply because my idea of cooking involves a can opener and a can. But, you can certainly check out my Ukrainian Egg tutorial. Making some very detailed and one of a kind colored eggs.

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  • Nicole March 25, 2012, 10:06 pm

    What a cute chocolate nest!

  • Rhinestone Beagle April 19, 2011, 7:59 pm

    AHHHHH, PEEPS! Never has food been so cute as when an Easter peep has been added, but then you uped the ante and added chocolate. Ohh yeahh….Thank you so much for posting at the Beagle.

  • ~Rosanne April 18, 2011, 10:21 pm

    Cute cake, I loved the different colored frosting in the layers.

  • AllieMakes! April 15, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Oh that cake looks super yummy! Love the peeps!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

  • Rachael @ The Little Birdie April 15, 2011, 5:39 pm

    Wow! Way to go sister Lynda!! Such a fun idea for those cute little peeps. 🙂

  • About Renee's Joy Journey April 15, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Love it. You're invited to my "Party in Paris" today! Renee

    http://renee-joyjourney.blogspot.com/2011/04/friday-blog-hop.html

  • Christina April 15, 2011, 12:36 am

    mmm you're making me hungry…looks great!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  • gail@myrepurposedlife.net April 15, 2011, 12:23 am

    too cute! I love peeps (fresh) You have the people who love them fresn, then you have the people who love them stale! LOL
    happy birthday to your momma!
    gail

  • SewHappyGeek April 14, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Hi Suzy! I am featuring your sweet cake tomorrow at SewHappyGeek
    Have a great weekend!

  • PartyMom April 14, 2011, 1:51 am

    How cute!

  • Melissa April 13, 2011, 6:57 pm

    How fun!!! I love peeps!!! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

    Melissa

    MyCraftieLife.Blogspot.com

  • Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com April 13, 2011, 4:18 am

    ah I LOVE peeps! Such an adorable cake!! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

  • Jill April 12, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Great looking cake – and what a fun tutorial too! Your family is full of such talented people!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  • Melanie April 12, 2011, 2:06 pm

    Super cute and fun – waaay more motivation than I have! Thank you for linking up!
    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

  • Krafty Kat April 12, 2011, 12:44 pm

    So cute! I love peeps- they are my favorite! Thanks for sharing this tutorial although my peeps won't last long enough to make it to the top of a cake! 😉

  • AmieAnn April 12, 2011, 11:19 am

    This is sooo stinking adorable! Love the little chicks in the nest theme! Oh and Suzy you shouldn't feel tooo bad about not being able to cook.. just think of it as giving you more time to craft! He he he! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  • katie April 12, 2011, 3:12 am

    This is seriously fun and very impressive.

  • Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) April 11, 2011, 10:43 pm

    Oh how wonderfully fun! What a great Easter cake. Very cute.

  • Handbags*N*Pigtails April 11, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I love this cake! So funny…I thought I was the only one who hides wrappers under the seat in my car!:)
    xo,
    Sarah
    *Found you through the Life Made Lovely linkup

  • Spontaneous Threads April 11, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Oh, my daughter's fav, peeps. Thanks for the inspiration

  • Life with Lucy April 11, 2011, 9:10 am

    Super cute and it looks pretty tasty on the inside!

  • Michelle Maskaly April 9, 2011, 10:27 pm

    That is absolutely adorable! Love it!

  • Inspired2cook April 8, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Super cute cake!!! Good job!!!

  • The Answer Is Chocolate April 8, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Oh my gosh that is the cutest cake! What a talented family!

  • Barb April 8, 2011, 2:27 pm

    So creative and fun!!
    Barb

  • Brandy J. April 8, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower! You are one talented woman who has left me completely inspired. Thanks for the great blog and I love cake!!

  • Nichol April 8, 2011, 2:07 pm

    What a fun and cute cake!

  • Maria Matter April 8, 2011, 1:32 pm

    too fun…and beautifully done!

  • Lynda April 8, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Thanks for having me as a guest star Suzy!!! Now how about a tutorial on the cake I did for Nicks birthday last year, he he, yes, I'm sure everyone wants to know how to make a "Halo" cake, hehehehe

  • aggieam01 April 8, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Super cute!!

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