It’s that time of year again folks!!  Peeps are here!!

Technically, Peeps are becoming a bit of a year round thing.  They have Halloween Peeps, Christmas Peeps, Valentine’s Peeps,  star shaped Peeps for 4th of July….but the best Peeps are the iconic Easter Peeps in bright, happy Spring colors.  Even if you don’t like to eat them, you have to admit they’re pretty damn cute!

Last year I told you about some of my favorite PEEPS related activities and tried my hand at making PEEPS Bunny cookies. (Is the word “Peeps” starting to look funny to you too?)  This year, I bring you the Rainbow Peeps Trifle!

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

This oh-so-colorful and perfect addition to your Easter festivities was born from a failed attempt at making rainbow Easter egg cupcakes.

A friend at work gave me the Wilton Easter Egg Cupcake Pan.  I decided that I was going to make swirly multi-colored eggs with said cupcake pan.  I whipped up some white boxed cake mix, separated it into five different bowls, colored the batter in each bowl with my gel colors and then plopped some of each color batter into the egg cavities.  I swirled the colors together with the handle of a wooden spoon and stuck them in the oven.

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

Then I watched them grow, and grow, and GROW (kind of like a Peep in the microwave)!  Turns out I put waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much batter into each egg.  When they were finally done baking I had eight swirly-rainbow conjoined blobs.  The colors were exactly what I had been hoping for, the shape…not so much.

So, I ate one just for the hell of it and stuck the rest in a Ziploc bag.  I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of the “eggs” besides eating one for breakfast every day.  I briefly entertained the idea of making cake pops but I made a gooey mess last time I tried those and I just don’t have the time for the rolling and dipping and drying and dipping again right now, so that was out.  Then it hit me – I’d crumble up the cake and make a trifle!

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

And what better to put in a rainbow cake trifle at Eastertime than some brightly colored Peeps?!

Rainbow Peeps Trifle

Rainbow Cake

Box of white cake mix and ingredients listed on box
Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink and Purple gel colors or food coloring

!.  Prepare cake mix according to directions on box.
2.  Separate the cake mix into five bowls and add the coloring to the batter
3.  Spoon blobs of the batter in a random color pattern into whatever cake pan you are using and give them a little swirl to mix up the colors.  Don’t swirl too much or you will end up with an unattractive mess.
4.  Bake according to the directions on the box for the type of pan you are using.
5.  Let cake cool completely, then cut into bite-sized cubes.


Rainbow Cake Cubes
12 oz container or Cool Whip, thawed
22 oz can of lemon pie filling
4 10 count packages of Peeps Chicks in the colors of your choosing (there will be extras – eat them!)

In a clear bowl (because a Rainbow Peeps Trifle is no fun if you can’t see all the layers) make a layer of the cake cubes.  On top of that, spoon a layer of the lemon pie filling followed by a layer of Cool Whip.  I used a piping bag to make the Cool Whip layer rather than trying to smear it around with a spatula – it kept things nice and tidy.  On top of the Cool Whip make a ring of Peeps, alternating colors as you go around.  Once that it done, start your second layer in the same order, topping off the whole thing with another Peeps ring.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Rainbow Peeps Trifle | Shake Bake and Party

And there you have it!  A bright, fun and refreshing dessert perfect for gracing your table at Easter dinner (and a great way for me to redeem some seriously deformed should-have-been-egg-shaped cupcakes).


26 thoughts on “PEEPS Glorious PEEPS!

  1. Never seen peeps before! I don’t think we get them over here in the UK (at least I’ve never noticed them!) but they’re very cute and they look yummy 🙂 the whole trifle does!!

    Thanks again for stopping by the blog 🙂

  2. thanks so much for this idea!! I’m taking this to our Easter dinner! I’m making it w/ funfetti cake mix though. I didn’t have any white only vanilla, but I had funfetti.

    1. I’m sure it will look great with the funfetti cake mix! If you’d like, share a picture of your finished trifle on my facebook page ( I’d love to see how it turned out! Happy Easter!

  3. I did that with my donut pan! I put too much in each circle and they turned out giant! Haha! This trifle is so dang cute. Good work on recycling those overgrown cake eggs! Love this! Thanks so much for sharing on Saturday Night Fever! Pinned to our group board!

  4. Hello! A year later…I have a question! Will this recipe , in your opinion, if wrapped tightly and kept in fridge naturally, be suitable and still”fresh” to eat if made two days before?

    1. Hi Lara! To be honest, I am not 100% sure but I THINK it would be okay if it was wrapped up nice and tight. I have made it, kept it in the fridge overnight and then served it the next day and it has been fine, so I don’t think one more night in the fridge would cause any trouble. My main worry would be the PEEPS hardening up a bit so maybe you could make it but leave off the top layer of PEEPS until the day of?

    1. Hi Melissa! You could use banana or vanilla pudding, or maybe make a pineapple lush type filling by mixing the cool whip with vanilla pudding and some crushed pineapple. You could also do a raspberry or strawberry mousse! There are lots of possibilities!

  5. My cake didn’t rise like they normally do. Is that normal for cake with food coloring in it? Anyone else have that problem. I have never had issues with cakes before and this is first time adding food coloring. Hope it turns out as cute as yours.

    1. I haven’t heard of anyone else having that problem. It could happen due to over beating the batter (perhaps when adding in the food coloring?). I hope it turns out ok! Happy Easter!

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