This Curious George cake was made for my grandson's 2nd birthday party. I used a Bear cake mold from William's Sonoma and modified it to look like George. With the mold I filled the ears of the mold with tin foil and then fashioned ears out of fondant.
For the covering of the cake I used brown tinted sugar that was held on by using an egg white wash. This left the cake inedible in my opinion. The mold comes in two pieces and Williams Sonoma actually gave a class on making this cake that was really helpful. The trick was getting a very good cooking spray so the cake comes free from the mold without breaking.
You then use frosting to hold the two pieces together and let it set up overnight. The fondant was a bit tricky to get to size for his face and coat. It took many tries to get the face to fit but once it did I think it turned out well. I used a cake mix in a box but with no added ingredients as the more moist it is the more fragile it will be. My grandson loved this cake and to this day still loves to just look at the picture of it!
This Curious George Cake was made for my son's third birthday. The base layer is a 9x13 chocolate cake with vanilla icing tinted yellow. I used the Wilton tints and they work great.
For the monkey face, I used an 8" round and cut a cupcake in half for the ears and used another part of a cupcake for his hair. I tinted a small amount of vanilla icing Wilton brown - just a bit to make the tan color. The dark brown was just chocolate icing piped with a #6 star tip.
I outlined the face using black gel. I did the eyes with black and white gel. I also put yellow "Runtz" as they were bananas - and with a monkey cake - you've got to have bananas right?
The top layer (8") was a butter cake. So it was like a marble cake and tasted really yummy and my son loved it.
This Homemade Curious George Cake seems to be the most common to build. I made it for my niece's son who turned 1. The hat is vanilla sponge with what else, banana filling. Then a buttercreme crumb coat and covered in yellow fondant. The monkey was harder because I didn't want to use too much rice krispie treats.
I started with chocolate sponge 3 levels high with no filling. Sculpted the legs and body from that. The head also is chocolate sponge, just 2 levels high also no filling. I felt the cake would be more stable with no fillings. The arms were made of rice krispie treats. Once all sections of monkey were covered in chocolate fondant I assembled it.
All the details are fondant. I did have to put dowels in the arm holding the banana to keep it up, other than that the whole cake was edible.
When my nephew was in the hospital, I told him I would make him a banana cake when he got out. So when he did, I prepared a Curious George cake in keeping with the banana theme.
It was a double layer 10" chocolate cake filled with banana flavored frosting. I used copious amounts of banana extract instead of vanilla in the frosting. Using a small round tip, I outlined the picture, then I used a star tip for the color fill-in.
After letting the frosting "set" in the fridge for a few minutes, I carefully used a Wilton lettering stamp to outline the letters using two different sized round tips. Then for added decoration on the side I "hung" frosting "bananas".
This turned out to be a fabulous cake, the chocolate cake and frosting mixed with the banana flavored frosting was out of this world!