Summer officially ends for me this weekend and with it comes the feeling that time flies way too fast. My baby’s birthday was this weekend. He is cute, funny, still has a huge head of baby curls and growing up to be a fine little man. However, in a moment of total honesty I will admit that the little bundle of joy I took home 2 years ago this week, is possibly the cheekiest child I have ever met. If someone else was responsible for him I would think he was hilarious! I had a few ideas for birthday cakes for him but after a little research found a cheeky monkey that was just him! Nothing else would capture the essence of my baby boy.
Step 1: Like all good cakes, you just need a 9in round sponge of your choosing to start with. As usual, I went with vanilla. Just level off the top and use the bottom as the top (you know what I mean!)
Step 2: Cut out a rounded triangle from the top half of the cake on each side. Try to get them as even as possible but, as you can see, I didn’t get too hung up on it as it won’t be obvious when you are finished.
Step 3: Cut your cake in half and add the filling of your choice. Given the amount of things going on with the cake, I kept it simple with a generous helping of raspberry jam.
Step 4: Cover most of the cake in chocolate ganache including the sides, leaving a large area of the bottom half clear as shown in the picture above.
Step 5: Cover the area without chocolate with pink buttercream. Try to round off the top to give a kidney-bean type shape.
Step 6: Cover the top of the cake with chocolate sprinkles for the face rounding off as shown above. This is best done while the ganache is still tacky so as the sprinkles stick. Most practical way is to tilt the cake board and shake the sprinkles over. Repeat for the bottom on the cake to cover the “chin”. I may be finding stray sprinkles for quiet some time after this.
Step 7: Place 2 chocolate chips for the nostrils and draw on the mouth with a red gel icing pen as shown.
Step 8: For the eyes, make some simple white icing with icing sugar a little water until it is thick enough to hold its shape. Place 2 circular blobs and even out as much as possible and place two giant chocolate buttons on top. A small dot of white icing on the chocolate button finishes the effect.
Step 9: Use a broken Flake bar stuck into the top of the cake for the monkey’s hair.
Step 10: For the ears, place 2 doughnuts into the cut out space on either side of the cake and cover with chocolate ganache to blend in with the rest of the head. No cheeky monkey is complete without a cheeky tongue sticking out, again in the red gel icing.
This is the prefect kids birthday cake.