We can hardly believe it's true!!
Our little monkey is turning two!!!
A monkey party with monkey cake is what we'll do!!!
We invited the family over to monkey around with us!
The banana cake was a hit at the party!!!
My husband won the first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest with his monkey pumpkin!!!
Monkey Cake aka Banana Cake
Adapted From: Smitten Kitchen
3 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
2 cups mashed or pureed very ripe bananas (5 to 6 large)
1/2 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottoms of 2 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and coat the paper and sides of pans with nonstick spray (or butter and flour).
2. Whisk cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture in two additions just until combined. Divide batter among two pans.
4. Bake cake for 40 to 45 minutes until inserted tester is clean. Cool each layer in its pan for 15 minutes before flipping out onto a rack to cool the rest of the way.
Quick Fudge and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Makes approximately 5 cups frosting
4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1. Note: Chocolate needs to be melted and cooled before beginning frosting.
2. Mix ingredients in an electric mixer. Beat for 5 minutes.
3. Set aside about 3/4 cup of the white frosting. Add a small spoonful (about 1/2 tsp) of chocolate to this white frosting and two drops of yellow food coloring. Mix well to create the light brown frosting for the eyes, notes, and mouth area.
4. Add the remaining chocolate to the large batch of white frosting. Beat well.
Firm up the cake layers in the freezer; this will make carving the ears much easier. Carefully trim each layer into a round monkey head with two half-circle ears coming out at 9 and 3 o’clock. Basically you're trimming in slightly from each side and creating an ear.