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Easter Peeps Cake & Nests (Cupcakes)

These cute little Easter Peeps cake and nests are a kid-friendly activity, simple to make and can easily be adapted to any holiday!

Made with Rice Krispies and Peeps, Rice Krispies Cake and nests are always the hit of the party! Perfect for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July Halloween, Christmas or any other holiday and these make a great alternative to a kid’s birthday cake! Kids love helping and you’ll love how easy and fun this Rice Krispies Cake, plus nests, are to make!

Best Easter Peeps Cake

Peeps Cake Ingredients

  • Rice Krispies cereal, mini-marshmallows, butter: The simple ingredients come together to create the Rice Krispies bars.
  • Food coloring: I used green for the grass and yellow, blue and pink to color the Rice Krispies treats. Use any coloring that you prefer or don’t color at all. I used liquid gel coloring.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate bars: I used Ghirardelli.
  • Sweetened coconut: Coconut combined with green food coloring creates a fun edible grass. If you prefer, use edible Easter grass.
  • Peeps: I used the classic yellow Peeps dipped in chocolate and marshmallow bunnies but Peeps offers many different varieties to have fun with.
  • Chocolate malted eggs: Malted eggs work nicely with these peeps, especially the nests, but jelly beans, pastel colored M&Ms, chocolate eggs or any small Easter treat will make a wonderful cake decoration.

How to Make a Peeps Cake

(Scroll down to the bottom for the printable recipe card with detailed recipe instructions.)

  1. Marshmallow Rice Krispies: First you’ll make the Rice Krispies bars while desired food coloring to create a colorful cake base.
  2. Create the Grass: Mix sweetened coconut and green food coloring in a resealable bag.
  3. Form the Cake: Top the Rice Krispies bars with melted chocolate then sprinkle grass on top of the chocolate and around the sides of the cake.
  4. Add the Peeps: Add your favorite peeps on top of the grass topped cake.

A perfectly fun and delicious Easter dessert!

Rice Krispies Peeps Bunny Cake

How to Make Rice Krispies Nests (Cupcakes)

These Rice Krispies Nests can either be made instead of a Peeps cake or they make for a great addition to the Peeps cake. See the recipe card for complete instructions.

Rice Krispies Nests (Cupcakes)

Peeps Cake Ideas & Variations

  • Peeps Dirt Cake: Instead of a Rice Krispies cake you can make a Dirt Cake with a box of instant chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos. Simply add the grass, Peeps and candy on top.
  • Cake Base: Substitute the Rice Krispies base with any cake mix such as chocolate, yellow, confetti or any cake that you prefer.
  • Edible Easter Grass: Non-coconut lovers can substitute the coconut with edible Easter grass.
  • Licorice Nests: If you can find yellow licorice strings you can form nests with them instead of the Marshmallow Rice Krispies. These multicolor licorice strings work too.
  • More Holidays & Occasions: Peeps makes Easter, Halloween and Christmas themed Peeps plus year round shapes and flavors like Cotton Candy, Party Cake, Dr Pepper and more. By switching up the Peeps, food coloring and decorating treats you can adapt this peeps cake to many special occasions.
Best Easter Peeps Cake

Easter Peeps Cake & Nests (Cupcakes)

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This cute little Easter Peeps cake can easily be adapted to any holiday! Made with Rice Krispies and Peeps, this Rice Krispies Cake is always the hit of the party!


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (divided)
  • 4 cups mini-marshmallows (divided)
  • 8 teaspoons butter (divided)
  • food coloring (I used yellow, green, blue and pink)
  • 2 bars semi-sweet chocolate (melted (melt one bar at a time)) - I used Ghirardelli
  • 1 bag sweetened coconut or edible Easter grass
  • 4 chick peeps
  • 1 bunny peep
  • 20 chocolate malted eggs
  • cooking spray


Easter Peeps Cake

  1. Spray a 10×10 sheet of waxed paper with cooking spray. Press into an 8×8 pan.
  2. Measure out 1/2 cup mini-marshmallows and place in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat; add 1 teaspoon butter. Stir gently until completely melted (no lumps left from marshmallows). Just before marshmallow mixture is completely melted, add two drops of desired color food coloring; mix well. Turn off heat and immediately stir in 3/4 cup Rice Krispies cereal. Immediately spray hands with cooking spray, pick up Rice Krispies mixture and press into one corner of the pan.
  3. Repeat with remaining marshmallows, butter and Rice Krispies, alternating colors on the second layer. Brush melted chocolate between each section and layer to ensure that cake holds together well (and it tastes great, too)!
  4. Place coconut in a large resealable plastic bag. Add 8 drops of green food coloring, shake bag until color is evenly distributed. Optionally, use edible Easter grass.
  5. Once the cake is completely cooled, pull the cake out of the pan with waxed paper and flip onto a serving plate. Top with the second melted chocolate bar, then sprinkle grass over the top of the chocolate. Sprinkle the desired amount of grass around the sides of the cake.
  6. Top grass with four chick peeps then add bunny peep (peeps will harden if not covered so you may want to cover the cake with just the four chicks then add the bunny just before serving). Place chocolate malted eggs over the grass around the side of the cake.
  7. Cut into pieces when ready to serve and enjoy! Happy Easter!

Easter Peeps Nests (Cupcakes)

  1. For each nest, use 1/2 cup mini-marshmallows, 1 teaspoon butter, and 3/4 cup Rice Krispies and follow step 3 above (leaving out the food coloring unless you want to color your nests).
  2. As soon as Rice Krispies are stirred into marshmallow mixture, scoop the Rice Krispies into a muffin pan and press the center down to make a nest like shape, preferably with straight sides. Allow nests to cool completely, then remove from bowl and fill with colored coconut grass, malted eggs and top with a peep of your choice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 48gNet Carbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Saturday 12th of April 2014

Rice krispies peeps easter cake #Easter #cakes

Christie - Food Done Light

Friday 11th of April 2014

My little one will go crazy for these. They are absolutely adorable.

the wicked noodle

Friday 11th of April 2014

Thank you, Christie!


Friday 11th of April 2014

RT @brenisphere:


Friday 11th of April 2014


Thursday 10th of April 2014

Aww, these are just so adorable!! I love that they`re so simple for children to make as well. :)

the wicked noodle

Friday 11th of April 2014

Thank you, Lynna!

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