This Easter candy is a little underrated, so I wanted to show it some love by caking one up in GIANT form. You’ll want to share this sweet treat with all of your peeps!
To make my Giant Peep I started with 12lbs of my Yellow Velvet Cake, sealed with peepish yellow Italian Meringue Buttercream, and true to peep style gave this cake a final coat with yellow sugar, all topped off with chocolate ganache eyes
Prepare your cake batter and divide up amongst pans. Pour 5lbs of batter into each rectangle pan, 3lbs into each 8” round pan, 2.5lbs into the 7” round pan, and 1.5lbs into the 6” round pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes for the 6” cake, and 1 hour for all remaining cakes. Let cool completely before removing from pans.
Level all cakes and remove caramelization from bottoms. Layer the 2 8”, and 7” cakes
Drizzle all of your cake layers with simple syrup
Colour two batches of Italian Meringue Buttercream to match the cake using lemon and golden yellow food colouring
In three separate sections stack your cakes by spreading your yellow Italian Meringue Buttercream between the layers:
Chill each section before carving
Note: To see how I separated my cakes watch the video here
Carve your cakes in their 3 separate sections, using a peep as your model:
Use cake scraps to fill out the body where necessary
Note: To see how I got my peep shape check out my video here
Use Italian Meringue Buttercream to stack the 3 sections of your cake into a peep!
Once your cake is assembled it’s a great time to assess the shape of your cake and add/remove sections until you’re happy with it’s peep likeness
Use a small offset spatula and yellow buttercream to crumb coat your cake and chill for 20 minutes
Using more yellow buttercream ice your cake and chill for another 20 minutes
Ice your cake one more time, doing your best to make it as smooth as possible. Once chilled a paper towel can be used to ensure a nice smooth texture.
Note: Watch my video here to see this technique
Blend 2 cups of coarse sugar with 1 teaspoon of yellow colour dust using a peep as a colour reference
Press your coloured sugar into the cake, using a paint brush to sweep away any extra
Use a round tip to pipe ganache onto a cake board into eyes for your Peep. Chill for several minutes before using a spatula to remove them, and secure onto your cake using extra ganache
Note: To see how I place the eyes on my Peep cake watch my video here