Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Peeps Cake

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Easter Peeps Cake

Easter Peeps Cake
Turquoise is my favorite color and I bought turquoise color Peeps at Target last week for this Easter Peeps Cake. Peeps are adorable and they adorn the top of this Vanilla Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting. This Vanilla Cake recipe is from Joy of Baking and is very simple to follow. I tinted the batter and frosting with AmeriColor 128 Turquoise. To do this, use a clean toothpick and dip into the gel paste and then add it to the cake batter and stir with spatula. Use a new toothpick each time you dip into the gel paste. Repeat until you reach the color you want. Do the same for the vanilla frosting.

Easter Peeps Cake

Cake Ingredients
3 cups All Purpose Flour

1 tablespoon Baking Powder

½ teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

1 ¾ cups Granulated Sugar

4 Extra Large Eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup Whole Milk, room temperature

AmeriColor 128 Turquoise

Summer Powder Blue Candy Coated Chocolate (I used SweetWorks Celebration Sixlets)

Wilton Blue Sugar Sprinkles

Easter Peeps Cake

Cake Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Butter or spray with non-stick vegetable spray, 2 9-inch cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, spray over it and lightly sprinkle flour.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until soft and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Easter Peeps Cake

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Turn off mixer and scrape sides of bowl with spatula.

Turn mixer to low speed and alternately add flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions), beginning and ending with the flour.

Divide batter evenly into prepared cake pans, smoothing tops with offset spatula.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in center.

Place cakes on wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Run knife around the edges of the cake, and invert onto wire racks and cool completely before frosting.

Easter Peeps Cake

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients
4 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2-3 tablespoons Light Cream

AmeriColor 128 Turquoise

My slice - Easter Peeps Cake

Vanilla Frosting Directions
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Beat in vanilla extract.

Turn mixer to low speed, gradually beat in the sugar.

Scrape down sides of bowl.

Add 2 tablespoons of the light cream and beat to combine.

On high speed, beat frosting until it is light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Easter Peeps Cake - my slice

Add more light cream or powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time as needed, until you reach the right spreading consistency.

To assemble cake, place cake layer bottom facing up onto cake plate or onto cake circle and place on cake turntable. For either method, line pieces of parchment paper around the edges and gently remove after frosting the cake.

Using an offset spatula add frosting over the top the cake and spread evenly leaving a little space around the edges.

Place second layer bottom facing up and frost cake as desired.

Easter Peeps Cake - my slice, yummy!
Once cake is frosted cover the top of the cake with Blue Sugar Sprinkles.

Place Blue Peeps on top of cake any way you like.

Cover bottom and top of cake with Summer Powder Blue Candy Coated Chocolate.

Place in cake carrier and keep in fridge for 2 to 3 hours to set before serving. Take out and let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

Vanilla Cake and Vanilla Frosting recipe from Joy of Baking:

Enjoy! Happy Easter!

-Sophia/Two Frys

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