These Peep cupcakes with homemade chocolate egg toppers are so adorable and easy to make right at home. If you want to try making Peeps cupcakes, I’m sharing how I made these robin blue eggshells and ivory eggshells at home. I decided not to make homemade cupcakes, but if you do want to make Easter peep cupcakes from scratch, I’m sharing some recipe ideas too.
By the way, if you’re looking for creative uses for Peeps, this article shares 10 cute ideas for using Peeps. I had a bunch of Peeps in my house so I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I was trying to think of a creative Easter dessert using Peeps. So, I decided they would make a perfect cupcake topper. These Easter cupcakes with Peeps turned out so much cuter than I imagined they would. If you want to try making them yourself, I’m sharing all the step-by-step tips for creating the eggshells for a cute and creative Easter dessert.
History of Peeps
Peeps are a marshmallow candy coated in brightly colored sugar that are popular in the U.S., especially during Easter. The history of Peeps dates back to the 1920s when the Rodda Candy Company, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began making marshmallow candies in the shape of chickens.
In the 1950s, the company began to automate the production of Peeps, which allowed them to produce larger quantities and expand their distribution throughout the country. At this time, Peeps became available in different colors, and the shape of the candy was changed to a more generic shape, such as bunnies and chicks.
In 1953, Just Born, Inc. acquired the Rodda Candy Company and began producing Peeps at their facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Just Born, Inc. continued to expand the Peeps product line, introducing new flavors and shapes, such as ghosts for Halloween and Christmas trees for the winter season.
Peeps are popular cultural icons, appearing in movies, television shows, and other forms of media. In recent years, the brand has expanded beyond just candy to include merchandise such as clothing, accessories, and home decor. Even now, Peeps are still a popular Easter candy in the United States, with an estimated 1.5 billion Peeps produced each year.
How to Make Chocolate Eggs at Home
For my Peep cupcakes, I decided to make half-eggshells to place my Peeps in. I think it’s so cute and fun way to change up your cupcake topper rather than just a Peep by itself.
To make chocolate eggs at home using melting wafers, start by gathering the materials you will need. You will need melting wafers, egg-shaped molds, and a microwave-safe bowl. Next, melt the melting wafers according to the package instructions in the microwave-safe bowl, stirring until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
Once the chocolate has melted, pour it into the egg-shaped molds, filling them about halfway. Then, use a spoon or brush to spread the melted chocolate evenly around the mold, making sure it coats the sides and bottom. Tap the molds gently on the counter to release any air bubbles, and then place the molds in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the molds from the refrigerator and carefully pop the chocolate eggs out of the molds. Fill the chocolate eggs with your Peeps, or other candies. If you do want a sealed round egg, you can melt more chocolate wafers and use them to seal the two halves of the chocolate egg together. I chose to keep them as half-shells because they almost looked like they had been cracked. I also didn’t worry if the molds were filled completely because I liked that the eggshells had a rough look on the edges. I chose to use both white and robin blue colored melting wafers for my eggs.
How to Make Peep Cupcakes with Egg Toppers
Now that I’ve described how to make the chocolate eggs, you know how to make the Peep cupcakes with egg toppers. I chose to use store-bought cupcakes. I personally prefer homemade cupcakes. But, I didn’t have the time to make them from scratch this time.
If you do want to make a homemade cupcake, here is a great funfetti recipe. Here’s a good chocolate cupcake recipe, and here’s the best vanilla cupcake recipe. Once you have your cupcakes ready, you can frost them as you like and then add your Peeps cupcakes topper. If you want to ensure your Peeps don’t fall out, you might want to add a bit of frosting inside the eggs for them to stick to. That’s it! This is such a simple recipe and so perfect for Easter. My kids were so excited when they say these Peep cupcakes, and I know your kids will love them too.
- Egg Mold
- Melting Wafers
- Cupcakes (either store-bought or home-made)
- Melt wafers in a microwave-safe bowl. I used both teal and white melting wafers for a robin egg and regular egg color.
- Pour the chocolate into the egg-shaped mold half-way full. Then use a spoon or brush to coat the sides of the molds.
- Refrigerate for 10 minutes until hard and then remove the egg molds
- Place the half egg shell onto the top of your cupcake.
- Add the peep of your choice.
You can add a bit of frosting to the inside of the egg shell to use as glue to hold your peep in place.