The Peeps® are really on a sugar kick these days. So much so that you’d think they’re made of the stuff. That’s because it’s Fall, the time of year that Peeps get broody and want to nest. So we came up with a sweet spot for them to lay their patooties down and doo that voo doo that Peeps doo so well which gives us more Peeps in the spring. It’s biology folks. What did you think? That they’re made in a factory or something? Squirted out of a tube? Heavens no. Peeps have a very elaborate mating ritual prior to Peep-patootie putting, but it’s far too private to share on the Internet. Although there may be a Peep porn site out there — you just never know how sick some people can be.
Peeps are very picky about texture so we experimented with various types of frosting. They liked the cream cheese version best. You can see how happily they wiggled their way into the froth and snuggled their bottoms into Peep-laying mode.
Peeps stay in their nests until the baby Peeps appear — that’s why there is the telltale sign of Peep poo on the CupPeepCake – at least it’s colorful and looks like confetti (and it doesn’t stink). Peeps have everything they need right there on the icing: food, cozy warmth, and their fellow Peeps right next door on the plate. It’s a happy time in the kitchen as they anticipate the little ones’ arrival. It’s also a huge relief that they’ve gotten past the PMS (Peeps Mating Syndrome), which makes them all bloated and cranky. It’s been a rough couple of weeks.
• 2 cups all-purpose flour (the white kind)
• 1-1/2 cups white sugar (Peeps prefer organic which isn’t white but they’re fussy)
• 3 teaspoons baking powder (which IS white)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt (white again)
• 4 egg whites from large eggs (which are — yup, you guessed it, white)
• 1/2 cup shortening (Crisco is white — but it’s also gross, you may want to try butter which isn’t white, but tastes so much better)
• 1 cup 2% milk (white white white)
• 2 large eggs
• 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla (which isn’t white but is very delish)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. I just love paper liners because I’m not keen on doing dishes. I think this is the big advantage of CupPeepCakes over normal-sized cakes. Clean up is a breeze and no worries about the bottom of the cake sticking to the pan.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, milk, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Mix at low speed for 2 minutes if using machinery or if mixing by hand, until batter is smooth. Scrape bowl. Go on, lick the spoon — this is why we bake! Add egg whites and mix at high speed until fluffy and smooth, approximately 2 minutes or until all mixed and loverly — again lick spoon.
Spoon batter into the liners until they’re 1/2 to 2/3 full. Lick spoon. Bake 20-25 minutes (ish) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes in the pan then remove the cupcakes, and place them on wire racks to cool completely.
Frost, sprinkle, and place your Peeps.
- 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (more whiteness)
- 1/4 cup butter, softened (still not white)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (see above)
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar (white!)
In a bowl (I know you wanted to mix it on the counter — silly you), beat the cream cheese with the butter; beat in the vanilla; beat in the sugar, 1/2 portion at a time until smooth. If you want to get fancypants about the frosting, put it in a pastry bag with a decorative schnozzle and squirt pretty patterns on top of the cupcake. The Peeps will appreciate your effort. They have very good taste.