Monkey Cake

For Declan’s first birthday, I made a monkey cake. It was very simple and turned out adorable!

The cake was banana, of course, made with no sugar, only honey. The icing was cream cheese and chocolate cream cheese. I found the original idea for the cake on Parenting.com and made a few changes. The cake recipe is from The Healthy Taste of Honey, by Larry Lonik.

Monkey Cake

      1 c softened butter
      2 c honey
      4    eggs
      4 c whole wheat flour
      4 t baking powder
      1 t baking soda
     ¼ c buttermilk
      2 t vanilla extract
1 ½ c mashed banana (3-4 bananas)

Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Line the bottom of a 9″ or 9 1/2″ springform pan AND the bottom of a 6″ round cake pan with parchment paper. Whip butter with a mixer until smooth. With the mixer running, drizzle in 1 1/2 cups of the honey. Add the eggs and mix just until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Blend the banana, buttermilk, vanilla, and remaining 1/2 c honey in a blender. Alternately add the dry mixture and the banana mixture to the butter/honey/egg bowl. Pour 2 1/2 cups of the batter into the small round cake pan. (I used this pan to make Declan and Bella’s small cakes.) Pour the rest of the batter into the springform pan. Bake the small cake for 10-15 minutes and the large for 30-40 minutes OR until a toothpick or piece of spaghetti inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pans before removing.

Cream Cheese Frosting
12 oz room temp cream cheese
½ c softened butter
¼ c dry milk
2 t vanilla
¼-½  c honey, go with your preference!
½ c cocoa
1 T milk
3 T honey

Blend cream cheese and butter together using a mixer. Drizzle in ¼-½ cup of honey, add vanilla and dry milk. Set aside 1/4 cup of this mixture. To the remaining amount, add the cocoa, milk, and honey. 

Assemble the Cakes

Once the cakes are completely cool and have been removed from the pans, you can begin shaping and decorating. I used a cup to cut out a small circle from the little cake, then I cut the small cake in half horizontally to get two circle cakes: one for Bella, and one for Declan. I figured Bella would like to have her own small cake, and I didn’t want Declan to eat the whole cake by himself. Mean Mommy, but nice Mommy. 🙂 The “extra” donut-shaped cake was a free-for-all the day before the party.


Cut a triangle out of opposite sides of the cake. (See the diagram at Parents.com.) I cut a triangle from one side, then flipped it upside down and used it as a guide for the other side.  
Leaving a 1/2″ border, ice the center of each cake with the plain cream cheese frosting.
Ice the sides and the border with the chocolate frosting. Decorate your monkey face as desired. For the kid’s cakes, I used peanut halves for the ears, a raisin for the noses, mini chocolate chips for the eyes, and chocolate frosting for the mouth. (Of course, Declan didn’t get the peanuts for raisin.)
For the large cake, I used a peanut half for the nose, raisins for the eyes, chocolate frosting for the mouth, and pretzels covered in chocolate frosting and a peanut half for the ears. 
 Declan and Bella approved. 
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