Monday, March 24, 2014

Peeps Barrel Cake

I could not resist making this cake.  Peep revolution!  Peeping ain't easy people!  Hahahahhaah.

Any cake and frosting will really do for a barrel cake.  I went with two chocolate cookie layers and marshmallow buttercream frosting.  I also played around with some caramel sundae syrup...a little too thin for what I was looking for but it was tasty.

Peeps Barrel Cake

Cookie Cake:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup water ( case batter is too thick)
15 packs or so full size Kit Kats

Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together.  Add in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in remaining dry ingredients.  Add water if necessary to thin batter a bit.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Divide batter between two 9 inch round pans lined with parchment.  Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until cookie is done.  Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
1 jar marshmallow cream
caramel sundae syrup

Beat butter and marshmallow cream together.  Add powdered sugar until the desired spreading consistency is reached.  Divide out about 1/3 of the frosting into another bowl.  Stir in 2 tbls to 1/4 cup caramel syrup.  Add additional powdered sugar if the frosting has thinned too much.

Place one cookie layer on cake plate.  Top with caramel flavored frosting.  Drizzle with caramel syrup and then top with second cookie layer.  Use remaining frosting to cover the entire cake.  Divide Kit Kats into sections and press gently, with the logo side in, around the cake to form the barrel.  Drizzle additional caramel syrup across the top of the cake.  Top with Peeps.  Wrap a ribbon around the cake and it is ready to go.  Chill until ready to serve.

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