Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Pink Peeps Cake

Hello Peeps! It's Peeps time and today I have a Pink Peeps Cake to get you a Peep-ish mood. It's also reveal day for the Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge, and this month our ingredients are white chocolate and, yes, you guessed it, Peeps!

Peep Cake
 Pink Peeps Cake

Cocoa Candy Melts
1 Peep
Mini Malted Milk Eggs

1 box White Cake Mix
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Soft Pink Food Color

6 ounces White Chocolate, chopped
8 ounces Cream Cheese
4 tablespoons Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
Mini Malted Milk Eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

candy melts
Melt your candy melts in a double boiler over low heat.
After they are melted put the liquid in a squeeze bottle or
a decorating bag with a Wilton tip 4 or 5. 
chocolate birds nest

Use a small bowl turned upside down, and
go back and forth over the bowl with your
melts so they form a string like design.
birds nest
The first time you formed a base and
then put the bowl in the freezer.
Then take it out, and while it is still frozen, add
another layer. You can do as many as you want,
until you are happy with the results.
Place all your cake ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Mix on low for 1 minute.
Scrape down the sides, then mix on medium for 2 minutes.
Scrape the sides, and then add your food coloring.
Prepare your pans by coating the inside of each pan
with shortening,
 and then flouring the insides.
You don't want your cake to stick.
The small pan took 22 minutes to bake.
The larger pan took 31 minutes.
As soon as you take your cakes out, go around the edges
to loosen them from the sides of the pan. It makes a
huge difference.
Let them cool completely, then take them out of the pan.
Chop your bar of white chocolate into small pieces.
This will help it melt evenly.
Place in a double boiler, on low heat and let it melt .
While the chocolate is melting, slice off the tops of
your cakes if they did not cook evenly.
Place the cream cheese and butter in your mixing bowl
and beat together until combined.
Turn your mixer off and add your melted chocolate.
Add the vanilla and the confectioners' sugar.
I used this small wire basket to put the sugar in the batter.
Measure it out, and then  put it in the basket a little
at a time, and shake it over the mix. It has the same effect as
sifting, and it is a lot quicker. If you don't sift, your frosting
might be lumpy, and it is hard  to fix.
Mix all together and mix until the frosting is fluffy.
Place a small dab of frosting on your cake plate.
This will hold your cake in place.
Frost your cake one layer at a time, then stack them together.
pink peeps cake

Put your nest on top, and add some eggs and your peep.
 Decorate with the malted milk eggs, or however you wish!
 Thank you to Sheryl for hosting this fun challenge every month!
Keep scrolling down to see what everyone else made!

Thanks for joining The Freshman Cook today!

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