Fun Recipes with PEEPS

Sometimes, you just want to have a little fun with your PEEPS.  Last year, we made PEEPS Kebabs and PEEPS pops.  This year?  A Peepster Basket Cake.  With PEEPS, it’s all about fun.  New flavors of PEEPS, paired with fun Wilton icing colors, sprinkles and decorating bags and tips, gives a whole lot of room for creativity and leaves the door open for creating fun new recipes with PEEPS.  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

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I had lots of fun creating my PEEPS Cake- titled (appropriately, in my opinion) PEEPS-ter Basket Cake.  I did a flat bundt cake, iced it all over, and then used a Wilton Icing Tip #22 to create the basketweave across the top.  I just went across with an inch or so between weaves all the way across the cake (I bet this is where you are like oh hey, Brett, that would have been AWESOME for you to get photos of and I didn’t, I’m sorry) and then turned it sideways and did between those lines going the alternate direction…twice going each way.  I don’t do perfect- I’m not a professional.  But the family loved the cake, and I was pleased with the results so I call it a win. My PEEPS agreed!! (Get it? See what I did there?)

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Once you have your basketweave in place on the top, you can go ahead and place your bunnies all around the sides of the cake. I did the color pattern as my 4 year old instructed me to, which is blue, yellow, pink. Then I used Wilton Icing Tip #16 and made the basket grass- this is intentionally messy as I wanted it to look like the messy grass we’ve all known for most of our lives in baskets!  It’s easy, and you just do the grass until you feel like you’ve done enough.  Then, pop some chicks on top of the grass (the blue chicks on top are the fun new Blue Raspberry color- fun surprise? They are blue inside, too!) and put a few jelly beans for some more authenticity.  Voila.  PEEPS-ter Basket cake.

A note of warning: PEEPS are sweet.  Like super sweet.  As is the marshmallow chocolate buttercream (Buttercream Recipe)! Small slices of this cake with a single PEEP are more than enough sweet for the sweetest of sweet teeth!

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Head to your local Walmart to find the best selection of PEEPS®! They have tons of PEEPS available at Walmart, plus oh so many fun Wilton decorating items that you can create the days away with!

 

 

What #PeepsTreats will you create?

How to Make a Tie Dye Cake

In our house, we love to have fun with our food.  Why have cake when you can have fun, funky cake?  We made a fun cake and thought we’d share how to make a tie dye cake with you!  The kids really enjoy this one because they can do a LOT of helping and have some fun swirling the cake as they pour it into the pan. This would be a FUN cake for Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration!
tie dye cake finished
Supplies:
-White cake mix
-Food coloring
-Frosting of your choice!
Procedure:
-Preheat oven to 350
-Mix up your cake mix as directed on box
tie dye cake bowls
-Separate mixture into six separate bowls
tie dye cake colors
-Red: 15 drops Red food coloring
 Blue: 15 drops Blue food coloring
 Yellow: 15 drops Yellow food coloring
 Green: 15 drops Green food coloring
 Purple: 7 drops red, 5 drops blue
 Orange: 9 drops yellow, 2 drops red
(You can also use gel colors for this, just use as much as you want for brightness of color)
-Now, In a 13×9 in pan start with whatever color you choose. I chose red and pour the whole bowl of that color into the pan and allow it to spread over the whole pan. You can tilt the pan a bit to get the batter to cover the bottom.
tie dye cake mix
-With all the rest of the colors, pour them however you choose! In a diagonal, a squiggle, whatever!
-Bake for 20-24 minutes
-Frost when completely cooled

Grinch Cake

 

How fun is this guy?  This Grinch Cake is not only adorable and fun, but  quite simple to create!

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This is what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8” round cakes (completely cooled then frozen for approximately 30 minutes)
  • 9” cardboard cake base
  • Prepared buttercream frosting (in white)
  • Prepared fondant frosting (in green & red) (Satin Ice. Save yourself the time)
  • Icing bag with tip,  insert, and large star tip & #2 round tip
  • Fine tip paint brush
  • Silicone rolling pin (for rolling out fondant)
  • Fondant smoother
  • Spatula (for spreading buttercream base coat)
  • Powdered sugar (for rolling out fondant to prevent sticking to counter & rolling pin)
  • Green food coloring
  • Vanilla

Step 1

Place your bottom 8” round on your cardboard cake base.  Cover the top generously with your white butter cream.  Add your next layer and with your spatula spread a thin layer of white buttercream over the top and sides of both layers.  This layer of frosting does not need to be extremely smooth as it will be covered with your fondant.

Step 2

Carefully roll your green fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  You should roll a little to a time, rotating the fondant and spreading powdered sugar underneath to make sure it does not stick to your surface.  Once it is rolled out large enough to cover your entire cake, roll it onto your rolling pin and lay it over the cake.

Step 3

Carefully roll your red fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  This will be rolled out to create the “Santa hat” so it will not be round.  the hat does not have to be smooth or perfect.  You want it to look as though he is wearing the hat and the tip is flopped over, this is where you can use artistic interpretation.  I LOVE when things don’t have to be perfect!!

Step 4

Once the red is laid in place, begin piping the white buttercream onto the cake using the star tip.  This will be used to add the furry band to the hat and the furry ball at the tip of the hat.

Step 5

Mix together a small amount of green gel food coloring with a few drops of vanilla to create a watercolor type paint.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint on the face of the Grinch.  You can create the same adorable face you see here or get creative!  You do want this green to be slightly darker than the fondant.  Allow the “paint” to dry.

Step 6

Finally, change your star tip to a #2 round tip and carefully pipe the teeth onto the face of Grinch between the lines you painted on.

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 Check out our DIY Grinch Crafts and Recipes post, Grinch Cookie Pops  and  Grinch Vase Craft!

Holiday Treat Recipes: Fondant Snowman Cupcakes

Time for another one of our holiday treat recipes! We’re going back to cupcakes with fondant today…and listen, don’t be afraid of it.  If you are nervous, order Satin Ice. Really. It’s easy to use and SO simple to open a package in lieu of making your own. You can be a fondant maniac in no time!  fondant-snowman-cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 Cups Sugar

½ Cup Water

2 tbsp Light Corn Syrup

Powdered sugar

Green/Red Candy Sprinkles

Orange Candy sprinkles

Black Glitter Gel Frosting

 

Fondant Directions: *** Please note, you can quite easily head over and order Satin Ice Fondant– it tastes great and saves you a lot of time!

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water and corn syrup. Stir until all sugar is dissolved.

 

Cover saucepan, and allow to boil for 2 minutes.

 

Remove cover and allow syrup to heat to 240 degrees, do not stir during this time.

 

While syrup is heating, sprinkle a large baking sheet with powdered sugar.

 

Once syrup has reached 240 degrees, pour into prepared baking sheet. Allow to set at room temperature for 5 minutes.

 

Once syrup has cooled enough to handle, use a scrapper or spatula to push syrup into a pile in the center of your baking sheet.

 

Using your spatula stir mixture repeatedly, and continue to scrap back to the center.

 

Once syrup becomes opaque, using damp hands and begin to knead the fondant, it will become softer the more you knead it.

 

Wrap fondant in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 5 hours before using.

 

 

 

Snowmen:

 

Roll your fondant out to ¼ inch thick. Using a circular cookie cutter cut out 3 circles for each snowman.

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Taking the same cookie cutter cut a small portion out of the top and bottom of a circle for the middle section of your snowman.

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Place your 3 circles on top of your cupcakes. Using the black glitter gel frosting, carefully draw on your eyes and mouth of your snowman.

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Using the red or green sprinkles, dampen the backs and place them on the body of your snowman.

 

Carefully place your orange candy sprinkle in the center of the head to create a nose.

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Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Decorating a Hanukkah Cake

This is a fairly simple tutorial for decorating a Hanukkah cake and is a good cake to try for those just learning to work with fondant.

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This is what I used:

2 – 8” round cakes (completely cooled then frozen for approximately 30 minutes)

9” cardboard cake base

Prepared buttercream frosting (in white)

Prepared fondant frosting (in white & two shades of blue)

Icing bag with tip,  insert, and #2 round tip

Fine tip paint brush

Silicone rolling pin (for rolling out fondant)

Fondant smoother

Spatula (for spreading buttercream base coat)

Powdered sugar (for rolling out fondant to prevent sticking to counter & rolling pin)

Blue & silver shimmer powder

Clear sugar crystals

 

Step 1

Place your bottom 8” round on your cardboard cake base.  Cover the top generously with your white butter cream.  Add your next layer and with your spatula spread a thin layer of white buttercream over the top and sides of both layers.  This layer of frosting does not need to be extremely smooth as it will be covered with your fondant.

 

Step 2

Carefully roll your white fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  You should roll a little to a time, rotating the fondant and spreading powdered sugar underneath to make sure it does not stick to your surface.  Once it is rolled out large enough to cover your entire cake, roll it onto your rolling pin and lay it over the cake.

flat-fondant-cake

Using the fondant smoothing tool, gently press the fondant into the butercream.  Work your way from the top center to the outside edges and then down the sides of the cake.  You want to be careful not to tear the fondant but need to be sure to smooth all air bubbles out.  Once smooth, trim extra fondant from the bottom and gently push the edge of the fondant under the cake with your knife.

Step 3

Begin rolling your lighter blue fondant into a long stick like shape.  Rolling it between your hand and a cutting board as you would play dough is the easiest way.  Once it is long enough, divide it into two even pieces and weave together to create the Star of David for the top of the cake.  Using your paint brush, dust the Star with your blue shimmer powder.

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Step 4

Roll out two more lengths of light blue fondant as done in Step 3 and 2 dark blue the same lengths as well.  Dust these with blue shimmer powder as well.

 

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Step 5

Twist two of the strands together to create a rope of the two colors.

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Step 6

Now you will begin attaching your blue accents to the white fondant with your buttercream and #2 tip.  First attach the Star to the top by piping a small amount of buttercream to the back and placing it where you wish on the top of the cake (I centered mine).

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Pipe a small line of buttercream around the base of the cake and lay the two tone rope of fondant around the base.  Carefully pipe buttercream on the back of the other two rolled out strands of blue fondant and arrange them in a “chevron” pattern around the sides of the cake. Gently press to secure and slightly flatten the rounded strand.

Finish off the cake by adding clear sugar crystals and silver shimmer powder to accent the blue details.  This is optional but adds a nice winter touch!

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