For gifts, cut one 3 1/2 x 5 in. wide rectangle and two 3 x 3 in. squares. Set on waxed paper-covered board dusted with cornstarch. For large gift ribbon, cut a 1 x 3 1/2 in. long strip; attach to center using damp brush. For square gift ribbons, cut 3 in. long strips, 1/2 or 3/8 in. wide; attach to centers. For long yellow ribbon being tied, cut 2 strips, 1 x 5 in. long and 1 x 8 in. long. Cut V into 1 end; lightly pinch opposite end. Drape in position over back of cake pan dusted with cornstarch; let dry. For bows, cut 1/2 and 3/8 in. wide strips to match center ribbons. Cut 3 in. long strips for loops; curve and pinch ends together. Cut 1 1/2 in. long strips for straight ribbons; cut V into end. Cut 1 in. long strip for knot; roll 1/4 in. diameter flattened ball for button. Use fondant adhesive to assemble bows on waxed paper-covered board dusted with cornstarch. Let dry.
For hat, roll out yellow fondant 1/8 in. thick. Use pattern to cut hat. Set on waxed paper-covered board dusted with cornstarch. Roll out small amount of violet 1/16 in. thick. Cut out number; attach to hat using damp brush. Roll out white 1/16 in. thick. Cut 6-8 strips 3/4 x 5 in. long. Use scissors to cut 1/2 in. deep slits, 1/8 in. apart, across 1 edge. Brush uncut edge with damp brush and roll to form fringed tufts. Attach 1-2 for top pompom and 5-7 for bottom fringe. Let dry 48 hours. Attach 2 Lollipop Sticks to back using fondant adhesive; allow 2 1/2 in. of sticks to extend at bottom to insert into cake. Let dry.
Add 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 12 oz. fondant. Tint as follows: 3 oz. yellow, 2 oz. blue, 2 oz. violet, 2 oz. green, 1 oz. pink; reserve 2 oz. white. Roll out 1/8 in. thick unless otherwise specified.
Bake and cool cake; ice sides and background areas smooth. Ice inner ears smooth. Use tip 4 to outline details. Use tip 6 to pipe in eye and muzzle areas (pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 4 dot pupils and outline nostrils; pipe tip 3 outline mouth. Cover body with tip 16 stars. Position small then large gifts; attach bows with icing. Attach yellow ribbons. Use tip 4 to outline fingers over ribbon; fill in with tip 16 stars. Use icing dots to attach confetti sprinkles to cake sides. Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border. Insert hat; support with marshmallows if necessary.
*Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown. Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown.
The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.
Gift-Wrapping Monkey Cake is rated
4.3 out of
Rated 4 out of
If I were to make this cake again, I would definitely use the "cookie" gifts idea mentioned by the previous reviewer. Ice with Royal icing and use fondant for the bows and ribbon.
Date published: 2011-11-02
Rated 4 out of
I made this cake for my granddaughter's first birthday. I wasn't crazy about the monkey cake pan until I saw the gift wrapping version and thought it was really cute! The cake is somewhat easy to make using basic techniques for buttercream and fondant. The only negative about this cake is that the fondant "gifts" tend to droop on the edges where they don't touch the cake. I left them out to dry up to a week and still had the same problem. I ended up reinforcing them with cut outs of plastic plates "glued" on with corn syrup. This was my first effort with a shaped cake and I love how it turned out!
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 5 out of
I made this cake for my son's first birthday. Love using Wilton pans and decorating supplies. Instructions were easy to follow and the cake came out really nice! Instead of fondant I baked cut out cookies and used them for the "gifts" on the cake....and I made a paper party hat so that I could include that in his scrapbook.
I'd recommend Wilton to anyone!!!