I don’t have a special cake pan for this…I double my chocolate cake recipe (I just updated that page today to include a printable PDF. You’re welcome. ) to make two round 9-inch cakes, and then I cut them to make a Peep shape, like this:
The body of the Peep is one round layer with the sides cut away and the head piece is made with the other round layer. I used some of the scraps from cutting the head shape to make the tops of the ears.
Since my layers are never perfectly flat (and since I am not fussy enough to trim the tops to make them flat!), there is always a gap between the body piece and the head piece. But, it’s nothing that a little frosting can’t fix.
This Peep, whose name is Jim, was the requested inspiration for this cake. He’s kind of a skinny Peep, with not much in the way of cheeks, but I decided to cut the cake in a way that is more representative of the Peep population majority.
I did frost the cake with Jim’s colors, though. Well, sort of…my purple wasn’t quite right!
I snipped the corner off of an old plastic bag and filled it with white frosting in order to do the piping. I’d like to blame the sloppiness of it on my unofficial frosting bag, but I’m thinking the blame lies more with the user than the equipment.
Please excuse the overall lack of neat frosting. I can make beautiful breads, yes, but beautiful cakes are not my specialty. Fortunately, my children have exceedingly low standards and were thus highly impressed with this cake. “Wow, Mommy, that looks great! It’s perfect!”, came from Lisey. And that, I suppose, is all that matters, considering that the cake was for her.
To those of you that wanted to know how to make a fish-shaped cake…I haven’t forgotten about you! I plan to make one soon and when I do, I’ll take pictures so I can show you how I do it.