Have you ever met a more polarizing candy than Peeps? People get passionate. Really passionate. Personally, I don’t understand how you can’t love Peeps… They are marshmallows covered in sugar. I repeat, marshmallows covered in sugar. There is absolutely nothing not to love about that. Right?? The good news for Peeps lovers is that there are now basically Peeps for every holiday. From the original Easter to Halloween to Christmas and now to Valentine’s Day.
In case you haven’t seen any of my previous Valentine’s Day posts, this day of love is pretty much my favorite holiday because of how freaking pretty it is. Love pink and red, love hearts, and love love. Swoon. Yes, I know it’s a crazy commercialized weirdo holiday, but that doesn’t mean I can’t obsess over baked goods and decorations.
And I’m not going to lie that the addition of Peeps to the holiday is making me pretty thrilled. I was also thrilled when they offered to send me a little care package filled with plenty o’ Peeps.
Have you seen the new Valentine’s Day Peeps yet? Vanilla Creme hearts:
Chocolate Mousse Bears:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Chicks:
Chocolate Covered Raspberry Hearts:
And more. They went all out. Which is the only way to go.
Did you know I’ve never made a red velvet cake before? I’ve just never been one of those crazy omg red velvet is the best thing in the world type people. But in honor of Valentine’s Day and pretty red Peeps, I decided it was time to go for it. Though I was planning to top each cupcake with a Peep, I didn’t want to stop there. So I filled each cupcake with homemade marshmallow fluff and and drizzled a little chocolate ganache on top.
Red Velvet Marshmallow Peeps Cupcakes (makes 12):
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- 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 C sugar
- 1 T cocoa
- 1 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 1/2 C buttermilk
- 1 C canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 t apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 t vanilla
- 1/2 t red gel food coloring
- 1 batch marshmallow fluff (recipe below or store-bought)
- 1 batch chocolate ganache (recipe below)
Homemade Marshmallow Fluff:
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- 1 egg white
- 1/2 C corn syrup
- 1/8 t salt
- 3/4 C powdered sugar
- 1/2 T vanilla
- 1/8 t cream of tartar
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- 1 C heavy cream
- 12 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate
Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In the large bowl of a stand mixer whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring.
LOVE the bright red color. Even if it is from food coloring. My red gel food coloring said on the lid “no taste red,” which I guess is a good thing?
Now, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients gently until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
Put papers into a cupcake tin and fill papers 3/4 of the way full.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes, until cooked through springy to the touch. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
You can make the fluff while the cupcakes are baking. You could also buy the fluff while the cupcakes are baking. But I promise that making it is easy. I cut my usual recipe in half so you wouldn’t be left with a huge bowl of leftover fluff (actually, I didn’t in real life and I WAS left with a huge bowl of leftover fluff, but I figured I’d spare you. Not that it’s exactly a bad thing).
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat together the egg white, corn syrup, and salt on high speed for about 4-5 minutes until it thickens up and turns white.
Now, mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream of tartar on low speed, until combined.
You can pop it in the fridge to chill a bit while you’re finishing things up. Like the chocolate ganache.
Another easy one. Place the cream in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Chop all of your chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl.
Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for a few minutes.
Then stir together to make certain chocolate is melted.
OK now let’s assemble those cupcakes. Using a cupcake corer, remove the middle of the cupcake. I LOVE my Cuisipro Cupcake Corer, but you could also cut the middle out with a knife if you’d like.
Then fill that cupcake up with marshmallow fluff!
Drizzle some chocolate ganache over the top… And then pop a Peep on it!
Is that kind of like putting an egg on it? Maybe except the chicken came first. Or the Peep came first. Hmmm.
I was slightly disappointed this cupcake wasn’t a bit more vibrantly red… I guess next time I’ll need to use a touch more food coloring.
At least the Peeps on top for the perfect shade of red.
And yes, they really are strawberry flavored. Which was a pretty awesome depart from the typical original marshmallow flavor.
If you’re a Peep hater, please just promise me you’ll give them another try. Maybe having them on a cupcake will make a difference? I think it will. Especially with that little bit of chocolate on both the Peep and the top of the cupcake.
Cupcakes and Peeps? Who needs love this Valentine’s Day when you have these? Just kidding, love is nice, too. Except when you only have one cupcake left and you’re just not in the mood to share it.
Are you a Peeps person? Which new Valentine’s Day Peeps will you be trying this holiday?