8 Sweet PEEPS® Treats You Need at Your Easter Table This Year

Every Easter, families, friends and neighbors gather to celebrate the coming of spring, search for hidden, plastic eggs and, well, eat! This year, we’re helping you take your Easter sweets to the next level with easy-to-make recipes that will delight everyone you share this special holiday with 🐇 🤗 🐣

 

PEEPS® Brand Pinata Easter Cake

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We decorated this delicious white cake to look like an Easter egg, complete with a surprise hidden inside — a rush of PEEPS® Jelly Beans! Prepare to see your guests astonished when someone takes the first slice 😋

Hands On: 60 | Total: 120 | Makes: 16 servings (1 slice each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Baking Spray
  • 2 pkgs (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic White Cake Mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 16 PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Chicks, assorted colors
  • 2 pkgs (10 oz each) PEEPS® Brand Jelly Beans
  • blue, pink, yellow and purple food coloring

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round pans with baking spray.
  2. Beat 1 package cake mix, 1 cup water, 3 egg whites and 1/3 cup oil in large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
  3. Pour into pans and bake 22 to 27 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Turn cakes out to cool completely. Wash pans, spray with more baking spray and prepare second cake mix with remaining ingredients.
  4. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat on high speed until pale, smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, beating on low speed until incorporated then follow with heavy cream, salt and vanilla and mix for one minute. Turn the mixer to high speed and beat for 4 minutes until frosting is smooth, fluffy and stiff.
  5. Place 3/4 of the frosting in a large bowl and add a few drops of blue food coloring until a pastel blue color is achieved.
  6. Divide remaining 1/4 of frosting evenly into 3 bowls and color with pink, yellow and purple food coloring.
  7. Use a 3 to 4-inch circle cookie cutter (or a large thin-edged cup the same diameter) and cut a hole in the center of two cake layers.
  8. Place one uncut cake layer on a serving plate and frost with a thin layer of blue frosting. Top with one cake ring layer. Frost with a thin layer of frosting and place second cake ring on top. Fill the hole in the center with most of the jelly beans, frost and top with last full cake layer. Reserve about 20 jelly beans for decorating the sides of the cake.
  9. Frost entire cake with blue frosting. Decorate sides of frosted cake with yellow, pink and purple frosting to look like an Easter egg and top with PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks.

Cook's Tips:

If you aren't confident in your piping skills, no need to divide the frosting, just go ahead and make it all blue or any color you like. Save some extra jelly beans for decorating!

 

PEEPS® Easter Basket Cake

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Remember Easter morning, when you’d wake up to a little basket right outside your door, or in the living room, filled with candy and maybe even a cool toy if you were lucky? This Easter, you can relive that quintessential childhood memory and bake a cake that’s basically the adult version of an Easter basket 💁

Hands On: 60 | Total: 120 | Makes: 16 servings (1 slice each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Baking Spray
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic Yellow Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 container (16 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic Chocolate Creamy Home-Style Frosting 
  • 2 pkgs (13.5 oz each) rolled wafer cookies or 32 decorated pretzel rods 
  • 1 cup cotton candy 
  • 5 PEEPS® Brand Cotton Candy Marshmallow Chicks 
  • 5 PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Bunnies
  • wired edge ribbon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round pans with baking spray. 
  2. Beat cake mix water, eggs an oil in large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. 
  3. Pour into pans and bake 26 to 31 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  4. Place cooled cake layer on serving plate. Frost with a thin layer of frosting. Top with second cake layer and frost entire cake with remaining frosting.
  5. Place cookies or pretzel rods around the cake. Top cake with cotton candy and PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks and Bunnies. Tie ribbon in a bow around the bottom of the cake. Make the handle by tucking ends of ribbon into bow ribbon.

Cook's Tips:

To make decorated pretzel rods: Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Melt 3 squares vanilla almond bark according to package directions. Use a serrated knife to cut 16 pretzel rods in half. Dip one end of each in melted almond bark and place on baking sheet to dry. Sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles.

 

PEEPS® Easter Bunny Rainbow Cake

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Layers of strawberry and lemon cake filled with creamy vanilla frosting and decorated with PEEPS® Bunnies and Jelly Beans?! Say no more. This one-of-a-kind cake will knock the socks off of everyone you invite to your Easter brunch – even the bunny! 🐰

Hands On: 45 | Total: 120 | Makes: 24 servings (1 slice each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Baking Spray 
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Signature Strawberry Supreme Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Signature Lemon Supreme Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • 2 containers (16 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic Vanilla Creamy Home-Style Frosting 
  • 24 PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Bunnies, solid color or assorted colors 
  • 1/2 cup PEEPS® Brand Jelly Beans 
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 8-inch round pans with baking spray. 
  2. Beat strawberry cake mix, 1 cup water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil in large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour into pans and bake 24 to 29 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
  3. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto rack, wash and dry pans, spray with baking spray. 
  4. Beat lemon cake mix, 1 cup water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil in large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour into pans and bake 22 to 27 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
  5. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto rack and cool completely. 
  6. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Frost with about 1/3-cup frosting. Alternate cake flavors and layer with frosting. Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. Decorate with PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies and PEEPS® Jelly Beans and sprinkles. Slice and serve.

 

PEEPS® Triple Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

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Sure to be a hit with chocolate lovers, this easy cake recipe for a crowd is made with chocolate pudding, Duncan Hines® Devil’s Food Cake Mix, chocolate chunks, graham crackers and a rainbow assortment of PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks 🐥

Hands On: 10 | Total: 40 | Makes: 15 servings (1 scoop each)

Ingredients: 

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 
  • 1 pkg (3.9 oz each) chocolate instant pudding mix 
  • 1-1/2 cups milk 
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic Devil’s Food Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks 
  • 4 graham crackers, broken into bite-size pieces 
  • 30 PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Chicks, assorted colors

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x13-inch pan or 12-inch oven safe skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together pudding mix and milk in large bowl. Stir in cake mix until blended. Pour into pan and spread evenly. Top with chocolate chunks and graham cracker pieces and press gently with the back of a spatula. 
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted 1-inch from edge of pan comes out clean. Top with PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks and bake 5 minutes, until chicks are just starting to melt. Cool 10 minutes, serve warm.

Note: Keep a very close eye on them and use extreme caution when heating PEEPS® and pulling them out of hot oven.

 

Rainbow PEEPS® Brownies

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Brownies, meet PEEPS®. PEEPS®, meet brownies! Now if this isn’t a match made in heaven, we don’t know what is. Give your dessert table a touch of Easter-magic and surprise every sweet-tooth that’s lucky enough to get a piece before they disappear 🌈

Hands On: 10 | Total: 40 | Makes: 24 servings (1 brownie each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 pkg (18.3 oz each) Duncan Hines® Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 20 assorted color PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Bunnies, divided 
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 
  • 4 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together brownie mix, eggs, vegetable oil and water until smooth, about 50 strokes. Tear 10 PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies into bite-sized pieces. Stir pieces and 2 tablespoons sprinkles into brownie batter.
  3. Pour into pan and top with remaining sprinkles. Bake 16 minutes. Press remaining PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies into top of brownies. Continue baking 5 to 7 minutes, until toothpick inserted 1-inch from edge of pan comes out clean. Cool completely, cut and serve. Note: Keep a very close eye on them and use extreme caution when heating PEEPS® and pulling them out of hot oven.

 

PEEPS® Cake in a Jar

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It’s a cake – wait for it…in a jar! All jokes aside, this super simple, party-friendly creation is perfect for the kids table. Now, we’re not saying it won’t make a mess, but it will definitely keep their post-egg-hunt-sugar-high going strong 🥚 👦 👧

Hands On: 45 | Total: 70 | Makes: 12 Servings (1 jar each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic Yellow Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • pastel food coloring (3 dyes) 
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream 
  • 1 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 12 PEEPS® Brand Party Cake Marshmallow Chicks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 11x17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Beat cake mix, water, eggs and oil in large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  3. Divide batter evenly into 3 small bowls, about 1-1/4 cups each. Stir a few drops of each food coloring into three separate bowls. Evenly pour each bowl of batter onto one, separate third of a baking sheet.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Invert onto work surface and remove parchment paper. Use the rim of a half-pint jar to cut into 24 circles or break each color into small pieces.
  5. Beat heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until thickened, about 2 minutes. Slowly beat in confectioners’ sugar until blended. Beat in cream cheese and vanilla until blended. Beat on medium speed until thick and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  6. Divide and layer cake and filling evenly into twelve 1/2-pint jars. Crumble cake scraps and sprinkle onto jars. Top each with a PEEPS® Party Cake Marshmallow Chick.

 

PEEPS® Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

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Cubes of strawberry cake, skewered with fresh strawberries and PEEPS®, topped with a chocolate drizzle and made with you in mind. These straightforward yet sophisticated skewers will have jaws dropping and mouths watering simultaneouly 🍓

Hands On:45 | Total: 90 | Makes: 42 servings (1 skewer each)

Ingredients: 

  • PAM® Baking Spray 
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Signature Strawberry Supreme Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced into 1/2-inch slices 
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
  • 84 PEEPS® Brand Party Cake Marshmallow Chicks 
  • 42 8-inch candy sticks or wooden skewers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. Beat cake mix, water, eggs and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour into pan and bake for 23 to 28 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. 
  4. Invert pan onto work surface and remove parchment paper. Cut cake into 84 1-inch squares. 
  5. Place chocolate in a microwave safe dish and microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. 
  6. Build skewers by alternating PEEPS® Party Cake Marshmallow Chick, strawberry slice, and cake; repeat. Drizzle cake and strawberry pieces with chocolate.

 

PEEPS® Chicks Nest Brownie

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Home is where the heart is, and even PEEPS® Chicks need a place to rest their sugar-coated wings every now and then! That’s why we went ahead and baked one for them. Introducing the Chick’s Nest Brownie Bundt Cake, a tasty testament to cute homes and even cuter cakes 🏠

Hands On:30 | Total: 75 | Makes: 20 servings (1 slice each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Baking Spray 
  • 1 pkg (18.3 oz each) Duncan Hines® Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 6 squares (2 oz each) chocolate bark coating 
  • 3 cups thin pretzel sticks 
  • 3 PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Chicks 
  • 1/2 cup PEEPS® Brand Jelly Beans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray Bundt pan with baking spray. Stir together brownie mix, egg, oil and water in large bowl until blended, about 50 strokes. Pour into pan. 
  2. Bake 25 to 28 minutes, until toothpick inserted 1-inch from edge comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack and cool completely. 
  3. Melt almond bark in large microwave safe bowl according to package directions. Stir in pretzels until well coated. Pour pretzels over cooled brownie and shape into a nest. If your chocolate hardens too quickly, use some frosting to secure the pretzels to the brownie. Allow almond bark to harden. 
  4. Place PEEPS® Jelly Beans into the nest and top with PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks.

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