A Monkey Cake & Birthday Party

Ever since Jenson’s Raa Raa The Noisy Lion Party ended last year, he knew immediately what kind of party he wanted when he turned 3……… a MONKEY party of course!!! This was quite an easy theme to put into place and I went with a brown and yellow colours for the tableware and balloons and kept the food easy to prepare so I would not have to spend too long in the kitchen, and to be fair it was the first party I have made for the boys where I was finished about an hour and a half before the guests were due to arrive!! Yaaaay :)

I made two cakes as we had two parties and the main and better cake was the Monkey Cake I made for the first party on Saturday, which again I kept fairly simple a 3 layered chocolate cake with a yellow sponge in the middle of two chocolate ones (in keeping with the yellow and brown colour theme!

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How To Make A Monkey Cake
 
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Recipe type: desserts
Ingredients
  • *For the chocolate sponges*
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • *For the yellow sponge*
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1 tube of Dr Oetaker yellow food colouring
  • 2 eggs
  • *For the buttercream*
  • 1 tub of Betty Crocker chocolate buttercream
  • 100g full fat cream cheese
  • *For the decoration*
  • brown ready to roll icing - I used Renshaws teddy bear brown
  • 2 mini meringues
  • 2 large chocolate buttons
  • 1 chocolate brown (writing) icing in a tube
  • foam banana sweets
Instructions
  1. Grease and line 3 x 8 inch cake tins
  2. Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
  3. I made the chocolate sponges first and then the yellow coloured one - all same method as follows:
  4. cream the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy
  5. add the eggs and a spoonful of flour and beat again for a couple of minutes
  6. For the chocolate sponges - add the flour and cocoa powder and fold in until combined and then divide the batter between 2 cake tins
  7. For the yellow sponge - fold in the flour and the yellow food colouring and pour into 1 of the tins
  8. Place into the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes until cooked all the way thorugh
  9. Once cooked allow to cool and then remove from the tins and place on wire racks
  10. Make the buttercream by mixing the ready made buttercream with the cream cheese
  11. Once the sponges are completely cooled, sandwich them together with the buttercream and then cover all of the cake with the buttercream, and smooth over with a palette knife
  12. I drew a template of a monkey face onto a piece of paper and then cut this out, so that when I rolled out the brown icing I could cut out the monkey face to fit the cake
  13. Once cut out, drape over the top of the cake as per my photo
  14. Then stick the meringues on using some of the buttercream and add the chocolate buttons as per my photo. Draw on a smile using the chocolate icing in a tube
  15. Then cut out two small semi circles for the ears
  16. Then I stuck some foam banana sweets around the back for decoration.
  17. Monkey cake - done!

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As I mentioned above I tried to make my life – and stress levels –  easier by making the party food themed but not over complicated so I didnt spend too long in the kitchen as i do norally. Especially with having 2 cakes to make. I think there was a good mix of healthy choices and typical party food which I always try to offer the children. You can click on the photos below to see what each food item is, if it isn’t obvious enough already!

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The second cake I made was exactly the same as the first with the three sponges, 2 chocolate and 1 yellow and again I covered and sandwiched it together with the chocolate buttercream. For the decoration, I made some white and milk chocolate monkeys from a mould I had bought a few months ago (I made extras for the pass the parcel layer prizes), and simply covered the cake in these along with some of the foam banana sweets.

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Now I wonder what Jenson will want for his party next year?

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