Saturday, August 21, 2010

Peeps Sunflower Cake - Easter candy returns for summer

Oh, the fun you can have with so many holiday candies available today.  If you were lucky enough to snatch up Easter Peeps that were in the clearance baskets last spring - this fun cake is quick and easy for a late summer birthday cake idea.  

This past April, I posted “Get your Peeps before they’re gone...”  - and I’m sure I confused a lot of you in the process.  I told you I would let you know how my Peeps survived in the “off-season” come July/August - and here we are!  You'll see how they fared when you go to the how-to link at the bottom.

For those who really don’t care to back-track - here is an explanation about Peeps.  They are basically marshmallow candies, sold in the US & Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals.  Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent ad campaigns tout the candy as “Peeps - Always in Season.”  They are made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax.  Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer based in Bethlehem, PA - and they were introduced nationally in 1958.  The yellow chicks were the original form of the candy - hence their name - but then the company introduced other colors, and eventually, the myriad shapes in which they are now produced.

I used the Primo Chocolate Cake recipe from yesterday (found HERE) for the base, and it was delicious.  Best chocolate cake I’ve ever had.  But you can easily use any boxed mix, or even a purchased chocolate cake in a pinch.

To see the ideas along with a very simple "how-to" - go to:

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