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Bake a Chick Cake, a Peep Cake

  • Author: Food Network

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Ingredients

  • 2 yellow cake mixes
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cups oil
  • 2 cups water
  • For the Icing
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • yellow food coloring
  • yellow sanding sugar
  • 2 large chocolate discs or chips
  • Skewers – if you don’t have them spaghetti will work in a pinch
  • toothpicks
  • 13 x 9 x 2″ pan
  • 1 quart and 1 1/2 quart glass bowls (pyrex ) that you can bake in the oven

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Butter and flour the 13 x 9 x2″ pan and the bowls. Set aside
  3. Make the cake mixes as directed on the box.
  4. One mix will go in the 13 x 9 x 2″ pan
  5. The second mix is divided between the two bowls; 2/3rds in the larger bowl, 1/3rd in the other bowl.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes clean; the 13 x 9 pan and the 1 quart bowl took about 30 minutes, the larger bowl took about 45.
  7. Cool on a wire rack then carefully remove from the pan and bowls.
  8. At this point you can wrap the cake and put it aside for up to two days.
  9. Make the frosting:
  10. Heat the sugar with the cream of tartar, salt and 2/3 cup water in a saucepan, stirring, until dissolved.
  11. Beat the egg whites with a mixer until frothy.
  12. Slowly beat in the hot sugar mixture, then increase the mixer speed and beat until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and the food coloring
  13. Set aside while you build the bird.
  14. Making the Chick
  15. Cut the four corners off of the rectangular cake. Save three of them.
  16. Level off the bowl cakes with a serrated knife.
  17. Now we build the Peep!
  18. Place the larger round on the rectangle and the smaller one on top of that.
  19. The recipe calls for skewers to hold it together but I didn’t have skewers. I used spaghetti! It worked just fine. I snipped them off with my poultry shears.
  20. Use two of the corners you set aside to make the tail, the third is the beak. Use toothpicks to attach them.
  21. Frost the Peep and fill in artistically.
  22. Use a wet offset spatula to smooth the frosting.
  23. Cover with sanding sugar
  24. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.
  25. Use two large chocolate discs or chips for the eyes

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