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Monkey cake submitted by Kim P. from Wichita Falls, TX
I prepared a two layer white cake with buttercream filling and icing. Colored the buttercream icing green, and iced the cake smooth.
Palm trees: pretzel rods and fondant. I made my fondant leaves ahead of time to allow to dry. I cut the fondant with a large leaf cutter and then with scissors. Cut little slits around the whole leaf, and put on a Wilton drying former to make them curve different ways.
I made the coconuts out of brown marbleized fondant. Let all these items dry before assembling the trees.
To assemble the trees: I used melted chocolate to make them hold faster. I put the leaves upside down like I wanted them to look, attaching each leaf together with a little melted chocolate.
Then I attached my pretzel rod and then the coconuts. (You will have to hold this all together until the chocolate sets.) I had a cake stand that I propped, and taped the pretzel rod to so that it would be straight.
The bananas were made with yellow fondant (just curve it like a banana). I took brown icing color with a little vanilla to thin it out, and added the brown accents to the ends and sides of the bananas. (I don't think you could have too many bananas - they are so cute.)
The fondant monkeys on the side: I watched a video on Youtube on cheeky monkeys. They are really easy and take just a few minutes to make.
Take dark brown fondant in an oval shape, and then add light brown muzzle. (Make sure that it is 3D so monkey has some substance to its side view.) Add light brown for his eye area, and then make small sausage shapes for his eyebrows.
Poke a hole where his ears will go, and make small oval dark brown shapes and light brown accents. Make a tail that will go inside the hole for his ears. (Pinch the ears together to give them a little shape.)
The large monkeys on top are just like the ones on the side, but instead they are whole monkey.
Monkey body: oval or round shaped body out of brown fondant, with light brown for the belly. Attach arms and legs and tail to the body. I made the head and placed a toothpick to help it stay on.
The rocks are candy rocks. (I bought them at Walmart - love these rocks.) Then I used a leaf tip with dark green buttercream and made leaves all around the cakes. I attached jute string from cake to cake.
I really enjoyed making this cake. It was for my great nephew's 2nd birthday.
Monkey cake submitted by Sheri P. from Muskego, WI
I started with a white frosted cake. Used a knife to spread blue frosting, and painted the sky using brush strokes with the knife. With green frosting, I drew the grass with a knife (also using brush strokes).
Once the background was done, I drew the tree using two shades of brown chocolate frosting. Lastly I drew the monkey outline in black, and filled it in using the piping tip with the same chocolate frosting.
Monkey cake submitted by Krista M. from Kingston, WA
We baked one 6" round cake for the center and one 6" cake in the Pampered Chef bowl for the top/bottom at 350°F for 35 minutes. Then took the round out.
We continued baking the bowl for another 25 minutes. We did that twice, so we had two 6" rounds and two 6" bowls. We cut roughly 1-2" off the base of each bowl to make the shape of the barrel. Then we stacked them all on top of each other, icing in between each layer.
Then we rolled blue fondant out in strips, and placed them on each one (adding water to make them stick, when needed). Then wrapped them diagonally to keep the fondant strips in place and to make the look of a barrel.
I made 2 cupcakes, and cut the tops off. Stacked the bottoms to make a barrel. Then rolled little strips of fondant out just like the big one, and wrapped the same. We made a chocolate sheet cake with chocolate butter creme frosting. Then we decorated the barrel and sheet cake with monkeys, and added a candle.
Monkey cake submitted by Amanda M. from Spencer, IN
I bought a box of cake mix. I used a butter cake (followed the directions on the box), but I'm sure any cake mix would work well. I used an oven-proof 3 qt. mixing bowl. Oiled it real well, and then lightly dusted it with some flour (next time I would use more flour).
For the monkey ear, I needed one cupcake. I poured the remainder of the batter in the mixing bowl. Of course the one cupcake comes out much sooner than the cake, so keep an eye on it.
The cake, since it was so deep, took nearly an hour to bake. I just kept testing to see if it was done.
Let the cake cool in the bowl for about 30 minutes, and then turn it over and dump out on a cooling rack. Mine stuck a little since I didn't use enough flour, but finally came out with a little help from a knife around the edges.
The next day was the day of the party. I made my own butter cream icing with confectioner's sugar, butter, and vanilla. (For the yellow I used a little food coloring, and for the chocolate I used cocoa).Cut the cake in half and add a nice thick layer of chocolate icing. Then add the top half back on. Start applying the icing all around the cake. It spreads on very easy with an uneven spatula.
I then cut the cupcake in half and placed it on the head, securing it with several toothpicks. This was the hardest part, as the ear became heavy from all the icing. I think each ear ended up with 4 or 5 toothpicks, and lots of icing to hide "imperfections".
After all the chocolate icing was added, it was time for the yellow mouth and the inside of the ears. I used the Pampered Chef decorating kit that came with 3 different tips. I used the plain round tip to add these areas.
I made his eyes with Rolos, his nostrils and mouth are a black Twizzlers candy cut to fit!
His hair was made using the star tip, as well as the decoration around the bottom of the head.
Much easier than I anticipated, and I'm so proud of myself!