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Spice Cake Bars with Peeps in Snow Frosting

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays – they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the Peeps on top make them so festive!

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the PEEPS® on top make them so festive!

I’m in love with so many things about winter and the holidays. Where do I even begin? Well – one of the things I love is gingerbread/spice cake. I also love the cold weather.

I love the color palettes . . . I’m a big fan of blue, silver, and white (and red, white, and green too!). I love the parties. And I LOVE the holiday Peeps!

Yes – I’m one of those people who looks forward to the Peeps every Easter. I get thrilled when I see the little green, yellow, orange, and pink chicks on my drugstore shelves.

I’m also quite thrilled that Peeps have expanded into other holiday seasons as well – Christmas being one of them!

Peeps holiday

This year I was sent several packages of holiday Peeps with the goal of making a recipe with them. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever had an easier challenge! I received the following PEEPS® to try:

  • PEEPS® Hot Cocoa & Cream Flavored Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in White Fudge
  • PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks

While I loved them both for snacking (get in mah belleh!), I knew that the Hot Cocoa & Cream in particular would be the “pièce de résistance” of a dessert I was planning – spice cake bars with frosting! If you have never had a spice cake bar, you’re missing out.

It’s that time of year to make this simple recipe for a party, for neighbor gifts (you can easily wrap these individually), or just to eat as a delicious dessert during the holidays.

They are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the Peeps on top are the perfect addition and make them so festive!

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the PEEPS® on top make them so festive!

Spice Cake Bar Recipe

Gather These Supplies

  • One box spice cake mix
  • One egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of milk (you may need a little more or less)
  • For the frosting:
    • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9″ square cake pan
  • To decorate the top:
    • White/blue sprinkles and/or snowflake sprinkles
    • Hot Cocoa & Cream Peeps – at least two packs

Preheat your oven to 350°.

In a mixing bowl, combine the spice cake mix with one egg and the vegetable oil.

The mixture is going to be pretty thick, but this will give you a good idea of how much milk you need. I prepared 1/3 cup of milk and poured most of it in . . . then stirred.

The goal is to get the mixture to just thin enough that it can be stirred. It will definitely be thicker than you are used to with a typical cake recipe.

Once the mixture is thin enough to stir, mix well for several minutes. Then pour into a 9 x 9 non-stick or greased cake pan.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the center is done (you can test with a toothpick; make sure it comes out clean).

Allow to cool for 30 minutes or until the center sets. While the cake bars are cooling, make the vanilla frosting.

Place 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract to the sugar. Stir to combine.

The mixture should be frosting consistency; if it isn’t, add a touch of milk and keep stirring until it reaches desired consistency.

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the PEEPS® on top make them so festive!

Immediately spread on the cake bars with a knife. Sprinkle your sprinkles and snowflakes on top; place your Peeps directly into the icing.

I used six Peeps, but ended up cutting nine bars. If you plan better than I did, you can fit nine Peeps in the pan if you like!

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the PEEPS® on top make them so festive!

Cut and serve.

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the PEEPS® on top make them so festive!

Everything about these little Peeps cake bars is amazing. The Peeps are just sitting on the snow . . . waiting to be eaten!

Oh, and here’s a fun little tip. You can pluck yourPeeps off before you eat your bar and add it to a mug of hot chocolate – some frosting will go into your beverage as well. The bars and the hot chocolate with Peeps is a perfectly delicious dessert!

Yield: 9 bars

Spice Cake Bars

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the PEEPS® on top make them so festive!

This spice cake bar recipe is perfect for the holidays - they are cake-y, moist, and sweet. And the Peeps on top make them so festive!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 egg(s)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T milk
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 Peeps

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the spice cake mix with one egg and the vegetable oil. The mixture is going to be pretty thick, but this will give you a good idea of how much milk you need. I prepared 1/3 cup of milk and poured most of it in . . . then stirred.
  3. The goal is to get the mixture to just thin enough that it can be stirred. It will definitely be thicker than you are used to with a typical cake recipe.
  4. Once the mixture is thin enough to stir, mix well for several minutes. Then pour into a 9 x 9 non-stick or greased cake pan.Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the center is done (you can test with a toothpick; make sure it comes out clean).
  5. Allow to cool for 30 minutes or until the center sets. While the cake bars are cooling, make the vanilla frosting.
  6. Place 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract to the sugar. Stir to combine.
  7. The mixture should be frosting consistency; if it isn’t, add a touch of milk and keep stirring until it reaches desired consistency.
  8. Immediately spread on the cake bars with a knife. Sprinkle your sprinkles and snowflakes on top; place your Peeps directly into the icing.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 414mgCarbohydrates: 74gSugar: 58gProtein: 3g

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Now I’d love to know, what is your favorite recipe with holiday Peeps?

For more information on PEEPS® and delicious ideas, visit them on their website as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Happy Holidays!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Born, Inc. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Malia

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Oh my gosh these are so adorable!

Ashley @ Simply Designing

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Wow! This looks so yummy! And seriously!? Hot cocoa peeps!? Yum! I need to go find some of those right away!

Randi

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

So cute ... and it sounds delicious!

linda(burlap+blue)

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

This is so clever! Love it. We love peeps in our household and will definitely try this new way of enjoying them!

sarah @ {Home-ology} modern vintage

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

oh, how fun! I have a couple of little girls coming to the house this weekend and this will be the perfect kitchen project. thanks for sharing!