Friday, March 11, 2011

Monkey cake

This entire blog was created because I felt so inadequate after reading other women's blogs. I wanted to show women we don't have to be perfect. I try really hard. What I do is not perfect, but it is good enough.

(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.

Sumo Sweet Stuff


  1. This is just too cute! I'm loving the cupcakes.

  2. Oh what a sweet cake and cupcakes. You say you're not artsy or crafty but I'd say you may be wrong about that. This looks so cute - I'm bookmarking this. Thanks for sharing :)

    Have a great weekend.


  3. This is too cute! What a great idea for a birthday cake :)

  4. I love your monkey cake and cupcakes! I've never taken a cake decorating class, but my kids and their friends always love the birthday treats that I create for them.

  5. So, so adorable! I've made a monkey cake before too and they are not easy! You did fabulous. Your cupcakes especially are just beyond adorable. And most importantly you made your sweet girl happy with a monkey cake and that's what is most important. Thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!