(Remember that when you look at the pictures below.)
I've always made my kids birthday cakes. I get great satisfaction knowing I made their special cakes. They NEVER look like what the directions say they should look like. I'm not a cake decorator. I'm not very artistic or crafty. They come out fine and the kids always love what I have done. (They aren't allowed to see them until they are unveiled at cake and ice cream time.)
My daughter loves monkeys. She has slept with a monkey since she was around six months old. Last year she requested a pink monkey. This year she just asked for a monkey. This is what I did this year:
I used the Animal Crackers pan by Wilton. (Which I bought last year from Michaels with my 40% off coupon.) I cut the ears off and moved them down. I used chocolate icing for the dark brown. I mixed white icing with the chocolate to make the tan. I used two vanilla oreos. I pulled them apart and put the non icing sides on the ears. I used the sides with the icing and Kisses for the eyes.
I made cupcakes for the family birthday celebrations. Here they are:
I used mini Nutter Butters for the ears and vanilla wafers for the mouth. I used conversation hearts and life savers for the eyes. (That's what I had here. Last year I made the eyes with pink M&Ms since pink is her favorite color.)
I'm proud of them and proud of myself for trying.
I'm linking up to Sugar Bananas and At the Picket Fence and Inspiring Creations and Be Different Act Normal and DIY Home Sweet Home Project and Sumo's Sweet Stuff and Skip to My Lou.