15 Minute Sunflower Peep Cake

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This adorable sunflower Peeps cake takes just about 15 minutes to put together and is adorable for spring or Easter!

This is a really easy, really spring-y dessert and it makes a perfect Easter cake!  Starting with a pre-made cake, this takes just about 15 minutes to put together and it’s so adorable! In fact, it’s so easy you can have the kids help you decorate it!

With a 9″ cake I used about 20 yellow chick Peeps but it’s a good idea to have a couple extra on hand (especially if the kids are helping you, Peeps are hard to resist).  You can use any size cake, just ensure you have enough frosting to cover it and extra Peeps if it is large.

Repin 15 Minute Sunflower Peep Cake here

If you’re looking for more Easter ideas, you’ll have to check out my Bunny Butt Cupcakes while you’re here!  They are SO cute!!

bunny butt cupcakes with little feet and tails

Items you’ll need for this recipe:  

* Chocolate Cake Mix * Marshmallow Peeps * 9 Inch Cake Pan

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Review Recipe

Sunflower Peep Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This is a really easy, really spring-y dessert and it makes a perfect Easter cake!


  • 1 9-inch round cake store-bought (makes it super easy and quick) or home-made
  • 1 container of chocolate frosting
  • 2-3 packages yellow Marshmallow Peeps a nine-inch cake will use 20 Marshmallow Peeps, but it’s good to have extras, just in case!
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • cup mini chocolate chips

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  • Frost the cake with the chocolate frosting.
  • Take a strip of 5 Marshmallow peeps and gently flex it into a semi-circle shape, being careful not to separate them. Place them gently around the edge of the cake, facing inwards. Their tails will hang over the edge of the cake.
  • Do this until you have a full circle of Peeps. If you need to, you can carefully trim a sliver off of both sides of a strip of Peeps, so that they’ll stick together better.
  • Take the regular-sized chocolate chips and place them in rows inside the circle formed by the Peeps. Make 4 or 5 complete circular rows of regular-sized chocolate chips.
  • Take the mini chocolate chips and place them in rows inside the circle formed by the regular-sized chocolate chips. Fill in any open spots with mini chocolate chips, as needed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 186, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 37mg, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword peep cake, Sunflower Peep Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I am only ten years old and I made this cake all by myself! I love baking but I have never made something so cute, I LOVE THIS IDEA SO MUCH!!!! I always make the dessert for Easter and they will surely love this just as much as I do! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that you loved the cake and made it yourself Natalie! You should be proud :)

  2. This cake looks beautiful and so refreshing!!!photography so attractive,I cannot wait to make these, Thanks for sharing!!!5 stars

  3. Can you please tell me if the cake is a single layer or a double? Also do you rest the peeps on the top layer of the cake?

    1. Hi Pati, I used a single layer 9-inch cake for this recipe. You could certainly nest the remaining peeps on top if you like!

  4. Thanks for sharing this adorable recipe ! I must say, with all the different options posted, looks like I’m going to make more that one.


  5. I accidently bought bunny peeps instead of chicks, I hope it still looks like a sunflower. FYI, I hate peeps but this cake is too adorable not to make.

    1. This will work for either. Just ensure you have enough frosting to cover whichever cake you choose. :)

  6. I made this for Easter. I changed it to a layered brownie cake using two boxed brownie mixes in 4 round pans. Used delicious, quick and easy brownie frosting from allrecipes.com (love this site) in between the layers and on top to stick the peeps too. They didnt hold perfectly and resorted to using tooth picks to keep them on. The frosting is more like a fudge (my son said brownies with fudge in between, genius!) It was adorable and so yummy! Thanks for the idea! Couldnt get the picture to load, but looks similar to the one on the page. Link to frosting recipe. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Brownie-Frosting/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=brownie%20frosting&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i1

    1. Brownies with fudge frosting??? Count me in! That sounds like a wonderful and decadent idea for the cake!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Well Done Peggy!!! Ive Got My Mamma Step Coming over Tomorrow , Shes From Out Of state…. Im EXCITED Cause She Taught Me ,My Cooking Skills and How To be Creative With it!!……………. We Are Celebrating Easter “late” …. We Just Lost My Dada To Cancer, Just Over a Year ago, ( It sure Doesn’t seem That long, Our First Easter Without HIm.. :( )…. Just a Few Months ago She ( My Mama Step), Found Out She Has Cancer…. So she was Unable To Make it Over For Easter Due To Her Treatments.. Well ,Her FAVORITE Flower Is Sunflowers!! And Her Most FAVORITE Easter Treat Is Peeps!!! So Im OVERLY Excited To Show My Talent!!! I Surly Hope to Put a BIG Smile On her Face!!!……….. I will Post PIx!!…………… TY For Sharing Yur Pic!!! This Is Such a GREAT Idea!! Our Bakery/Stores Doesn’t Sell Pre~Made Cakes So I made My Own!! ….. Im So EXCITED!!!!! Well …… Ill be Back with a Pic!!!!! …………….. Sincerely Jacquie ;)

    1. I am sorry for your loss Jacquie. I hope you have a wonderful late Easter and I can’t wait to see your photos!

  8. Oooh, I’m thinking yellow (or lemon) cake, lemon buttercream frosting and blueberries! I LOVE lemon and blueberries together. The Peeps are adorable, of course (I’m a certified Peep-aholic), and this is really a cute idea. Thank you!

  9. Way too cute! I am going to make this for my daughter for her 2nd birthday. Her birthday is in April so I think it will be perfect! Thank you for the idea! =) Oh and I didnt know I can buy a pre-made un-frosted cake? Where would I find that?

    1. Some bakeries offer them but if yours doesn’t you can often ask the bakery department and they can usually offer you one. :)

  10. They have the peeps in a bunch of colors you could use pink or purple peeps with white icing and maybe skittles in the middle to make them a little brighter or vary colors? I’ll send a pic if I can when I do it;-)

  11. I was thinking white frosting and blueberries instead of choc chips would be nice. Great idea…. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. I was thinking the same thing about blueberries and white frosting, but also perhaps add blackberries for the larger “seeds” and blueberries toward the center. I LOVE this idea and can’t wait to try it!!