“Baking” It Through Easter

Easter is here! And New Englanders everywhere are cheering for outdoor egg hunts and spring flower backdrops for family photos in their Sunday best. Every year, my family attends the only official “sit down” dinner we have at my grandparents. Now, over the years as the family continues to grow, our dinner table has crept past the dining room doorway, into the kitchen, and practically jumps past the living room and out the front door! With all those people, there’s always a plethora of great food! However, since I don’t host, it’s not my own cooking (both a good and bad thing for you know my love of being in the kitchen)! So for my holiday post this lazy Sunday morning, I am writing as a self-proclaimed decent chef but terrible baker! However, Pinterest calls to me and I attempted what turned out to be a easy yet adorable Easter cake. And as a non-baker, I must say, I am thankfully pleased with the end results. Here’s the bakery-challenged version of Sunflower Peep Cake.

Sunflower Peep Cake

Sunflower Peep Cake

Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix (or chocolate, or white, or whatever you have in the house! The easier the better for me!)

1 jar chocolate frosting (no whipping eggs and melting chocolate chips in my house!)

1 small bag of chocolate chips

About 15 classic yellow Peep chicks (Yes, the chicks make a difference which I explained to my husband after he came home with the bunnies…those aren’t the same!)

Directions:

Prepare the cake per the box instructions in two round baking pans. Let them cool completely. We had a close encounter with a possible crumbled cake but I used that one for the bottom layer and no one will be the wiser!

Frost the cakes and stack them one on top of the other just like a good old-fashioned birthday cake. You may need to trim the top of the top cake before frosting to make it a flatter surface for your chicks. I skipped this step and just stuck the cake in the fridge for a few hours after I added my decor to set them in their places.

Take your chicks and place them in a circle (facing those cute little beaks inwards) around the edge, then fill in the center in a circular pattern with chocolate chips. And that’s it! Super easy right?

Sunflower Peep Easter Cake

Sunflower Peep Easter Cake

Not that anyone needs more sweets after the Easter bunny has visited, but I just love how simple and charming this little cake turned out! I’m sure the kids will adore it! In fact, it would have been a great project to have had them assist with! For the future, as a suggestion, I may have added some chocolate crunchies a la Carvel cakes in between the layers. Crushed Oreos would work just fine! Plus, then you have extra Oreos in the house, there’s nothing wrong with that!

Although this was a non-bakers way out of a real attempt at baking, I assure you I will chronicle some of my other (and perhaps not so successful attempts!) with measuring cups and frostings in the future. The kitchen may not always be pretty, but it should always be fun! So “spring” away from your norm and try a new niche. Until next time, Happy Baking and “Hoppy” Easter Foodies!

Eat Well,

Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodertarian

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