I made this cheeky monkey cake and cupcakes for my son’s 2nd birthday, they were a hit! The main monkey cake was a banana cake batter baked in a Pyrex mixing bowl lined with baking paper, to make a head shape. I also made a dozen cupcakes to use for the monkey ears and smaller monkeys.

This was iced all over with chocolate butter cream icing. Keep aside some butter icing without cocoa so that you have pale yellow color icing to pipe the face and ears.

To make the ears, cut a cupcake in half and ice with chocolate icing, then pipe yellow icing semi circles. Attach ear split cupcake to the side of the head with toothpicks. Pipe a circle with yellow icing for the face and use licorice strips for the mouth and nose. I used chocolate mistrel buttons for the eyes. Lastly I used some chocolate writing icing in a tube to squirt some darker chocolate hair on the top of the head.

The monkey cupcakes are simply iced with choc butter cream icing, Cheerios for eyes, mini cookies for the mouth and eyes. Use chocolate icing to pipe smiley mouth and nostrils. Easy!