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Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Christmas Tree PEEPS

Show your holiday spirit and baking talent this Christmas with this creative and deliciously decadent Red Velvet Coconut Cake with PEEPS Marshmallow Trees.

TOTAL TIME
MIN.
SERVINGS
12
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INGREDIENTS

Red Velvet Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 3 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 20 tbsp (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 7 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Decorations:

  • PEEPS Christmas trees
  • Sweetened coconut shavings

INSTRUCTIONS

Red Velvet Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter 3 8-inch cake pans and line with parchment rounds.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl stir together the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, add the eggs one at a time, and beat until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add half the flour mixture, then the buttermilk mixture, then the remaining flour mixture, beating until just blended after each addition.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 3 cake pans and bake until the tops are just dry to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack, then turn out and frost and stack with cream cheese frosting:

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium, add the vanilla, and beat until fully blended, 1 to 2 minutes, making sure not to incorporate too much air into the frosting.

Decorations:

  1. Add Christmas Tree PEEPS around the bottom perimeter of cake and top cake with sweetened coconut shavings.

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ABOUT MARSHMALLOW PEEPS®

The wonderful combination of sweet colored sugar and fluffy marshmallow creates an unforgettable taste experience. PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies are made by Just Born, Inc., a family-owned candy manufacturer. We make everyone's favorite candies: MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES®, TEENEE BEANEE® Gourmet Jelly Beans, GOLDENBERG'S® PEANUT CHEWS®, and of course, PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies.

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