Thursday, February 5, 2009

Monkey Banana Cake

For my grandson's first birthday I made him a monkey cake...complete with a tiny banana which was his 'smash cake'. He turned three not long ago...and requested a repeat of the monkey cake.

I found the banana cake recipe works perfectly for this cake. Mix as per instructions above...and then bake in a 10" inch springform pan and a small round Pyrex bowl (for monkey nose). I also made one mini loaf, that I carved into a banana shape.

Creamy Vanilla Frosting

This frosting spreads and pipes smoothly. Make sure the butter is really soft so the frosting won't split when tinted.
  • 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) butter, softened
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) whipping cream
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
In large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Alternately beat in sugar and cream, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of cream. Beat in vanilla.

To assemble:
  • Remove a small amount of icing to be tinted yellow...for small banana cake.
  • Divide remaining frosting into two bowls. Tint one portion a skin-tone.
  • Add 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate (melted) to remaining frosting.
  • Centre round cake on prepared base...allowing enough room for small banana cake below.
  • Position nose on monkey's face...and glue in place with frosting.
  • Put a skim coat of skin-toned icing over entire cake...with a somewhat thicker layer over face area.
  • Position vanilla wafer for ears. Using icing bags and decorating tips to apply chocolate icing. I used assorted chocolates for the mouth, nose and eyes...but use your imagination!
  • Frost tiny banana 'smash cake' with yellow icing...add a few green streaks with toothpick.


  1. wow...I commented on the original recipe...then scrolled down here and was amazed! First of all, that is unique to use a banana cake for a birthday cake but you are right, why not? I sure would hold its shape well. are an awesome cake decorator! Hope the birthday went!

  2. I absolutely LOVE it! What a great cake! I know Grandma has a very special place in that little boy's heart. Too cute!

  3. Such a cute idea and the cake sounds delicious!

  4. way to cute....i bet he loved it!

  5. I just realized I'm Kristal on her computer... Just want to add that I alwasy enjoy seeing ideas for cake decorating. This is cute!

  6. I just love the squash banana idea. OH. .and that icing looks so creamy yummy good.

  7. oh boy I wish I had this two years ago. I attempted a monkey cake for my daughters first birthday. I still giggle and cringe when I think of it!