A Bouquet of Peeps for Easter

by Suzanne on April 15, 2011

in Sweet Things

Easter Peep bouquet @www.you-made-that.comPeeps an Easter icon in edibles that is, I wanted to share with my “peeps” a fun and creative way to use those peeps as a centerpiece for your Easter table. I really don’t even like peeps but they are so cute and festive and I can do them as a cupcake topper.  I saw and idea a few weeks ago of a cupcake bouquet and then it came to me “put peeps on top” of the cupcakes for Easter.  I knew the cupcake had to be more dense like a pound cake so they wouldn’t fall all the way to the bottom of the wooden skewers, but I wasn’t convinced I wanted to use a pound cake recipe.  Then after a trip to my local library I picked up Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook and thumbed through it, I found a recipe that I thought would be dense enough and adapted it for the peep cupcakes.  The frosting is completely my own creation of a cream cheese frosting with lime curd,( that I made previously for lime curd crepes) in it to give the cupcakes a nice citrus taste. If you do decide to make these adorable little Easter cupcakes with a box cake mix then make sure its a pound cake recipe and any favorite frosting would work fine.  If you want the peeps to sit on more of a green grass nest then die the coconut with green food coloring.  Most importantly enjoy spending time with your family and friends this Easter holiday.

Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:
1 stick of butter or 1/2 c.
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 T. of orange, lemon or lime juice
1 T. lemon or lime zest

Equipment Needed:
cupcake pan
cupcake liners
bamboo skewers
candy for jar
glass vase or jar
ribbon
paper flowers (optional)
peeps in different colors

Directions:

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

Step 2: In a medium size bowl sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.

Step 3: In another small bowl combine the sour cream, lemon juice and zest; set aside.

Step 4: In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar on med-high speed until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating 1 minute after each.

Step 5: With the mixer on low speed begin adding flour mixture then yogurt mixture in 4 increments ending with the flour. Do not over beat, just until combined.  The batter will be thick.

Step 6: With a ice cream scooper, scoop out the batter into each paper liner until 2/3 full.  Should fill about 17 liners. Bake for 25 minutes, take out of oven and let cool in pan for 15 min. then turn out onto cooling rack.

  • While the cupcakes are baking get your skewers ready.
  • I used a 1 quart glass jar and filled it with malted chocolate candy eggs, but any candy will do, like; jelly beans, candy kisses, whatever it is you like or is cheap.
  • Take the skewers and add the paper flowers (I found them at the dollar store or any scrap booking store should have them).
  • I used 6 skewers for my jar because anymore and the cupcakes would have touched one another but that really depends on how you like your bouquet to look.


While cupcakes are cooling make the frosting.

Making the Frosting:

Ingredients:
1 stick of butter at room temperature
4 oz. of cream cheese at room temerature
1/4 to 1/3 cup of lime curd
2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment beat butter for about 30 seconds, then add the cream cheese and beat together for about 1 minute.

Step 2: Add the lime curd and  beat well.

Step 3: Turn off mixer and add 1 cup of powdered sugar then mix on low until all incorporated.  Then add second cup and beat well.

Step 4: Frost each cupcake and dip each one in a small bowl of coconut if desired.

Step 5: Take out one of the sticks that is ready to go and gently press the cupcake on, not to far down, then add one of tthe peeps on top of skewer trying not to poke all the way through.  Gently put back into glass jar, and repeat.Easter peep bouquet @www.you-made-that.com

Easter peep bouquet @you-made-that.com

Easter peep bouquet

 

 

My taste tester liked these cupcakes, now its your turn.

Linked to: Foodie Friday by: Designs by Gollum, A Prairy Story

and Time To Sparkle #2

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1 Chris "Kickstar April 15, 2011 at 4:21 am

Found your blog through FoodBuzz. These cupcakes are really cute! My daughter's birthday will fall on Easter next year so I'm going to keep them in mind for her birthday cake next year. I've already planned her cake for this year otherwise I'd be making these!

2 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

Chris, so glad you found me on foodbuzz, thanks for the compliment, hope your daughters birthday is wonderful.

3 Lisa April 15, 2011 at 6:50 am

Admittedly, I don't flip over marshmallow peeps, but I do like seeing them blow up in the microwave lol Those cupcakes are gorgeous! I would actually eat the peep! Love the color in the photos – so vibrant and fun!

4 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

hmmm.. have not tried to microwave thing, I'm sure my son would like trying that out. Luckily my son likes peeps because I have 3 boxes of them now they need to sell those things in multi color packs.

5 Lisa April 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

OH..BTW, your daughter is sooo pretty!

6 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 7:18 am

thank you dear! She didn't like how I got so up close and personal.

7 Nutmeg Nanny April 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

These look amazing! I love that you put the lime curd right into the frosting….yum!

8 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

thanks girl we share a love for curd 🙂

9 Frieda April 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

You're looking at your newest follower! I can just bite into one of those cute cuppy cakes! 😀

10 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

Awe thanks Frieda glad you stopped by and like my peeps cakes.

11 Phuong April 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

oh, this is sooo adorable! thanks for visiting my blog. going to look thru some of your other creations and find my next project!

thanks for sharing!

12 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

thank you, glad you like them. thanks for stopping by.

13 Jileen April 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

Looks like Miss V liked the cupcakes! 🙂 Great choice of models! They look yummy, Suzanne!

14 Suzanne April 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Jileen, doesn't glass jar remind you of all the crafty things we came up with for RS mtgs. I swear the things we can do with those canning jars.

15 Jane April 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

How adorable!!! Another great way to use Peeps… Stop by my blog for a visit…the Peep Mobile is there (I saw it in Cincinnati)

16 Suzanne April 16, 2011 at 12:07 am

thanks Jane, I will!

17 Reeni April 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

These are darling Suzanne! What a clever creation – perfect for Easter – my nephew would love them! Oh, who am I kidding I would LOVE them! Your daughter is so pretty, she takes after her Mom.

18 Suzanne April 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

Reeni, you are sweet thanks for the compliments 🙂

19 The Experimental Coo April 16, 2011 at 1:55 am

The snacks look awesome – must be a lot of work ! And, also, you have mouth watering pictures as well 🙂

20 Eftychia April 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

These cupcakes are so beautiful, and as I can see you used the sticks as well :-)))

21 Tonia@thegunnysack March 31, 2013 at 12:06 am

So, so cute!

22 Suzanne April 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

thank you Tonia!

23 Heide M. March 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

How clever!

24 Suzanne March 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

thanks Heide 🙂

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