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Monkey Cake

Encourage plenty of monkeyshines at your next kids? party. Use our disposable decorating bags, decorating tips and tinted buttercream icings to create a memorable Monkey Pan cake.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: Easy

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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use. Bring to room temperature for decorating.

Make 3 3/4 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 3/4 cup brown/red-red combination
Tint 1/4 cup black
Tint 1/2 cup ivory
Tint 1/4 cup green
Reserve 2 cups white (thin 1 1/4 cups with 4 teaspoons light corn syrup)

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Ice sides and background areas smooth with thinned white icing.

Step 3

Use tip 5 and white icing to outline and pipe in whites of eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 4

Use tip 3 and black icing to outline whites of eyes.

Step 5

Use tip 3 and black icing to pipe in pupils (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 6

Use tip 3 and white icing to pipe dot eye highlights.

Step 7

Use tip 5 and ivory icing to outline and pipe in inner ear and muzzle (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 8

Use tip 3 and brown/red-red combination icing to outline monkey hands, feet, mouth and nostrils.

Step 9

Use tip 16 and brown/red-red combination icing to cover monkey's body with stars.

Step 10

Use tip 16 and ivory icing to cover hands and feet with stars.

Step 11

Use tip 18 and white icing to pipe shell bottom border.

Step 12

Use tip 3 and green icing to pipe outline vines on top of bottom border.

Step 13

Use tip 352 and green icing to pipe leaves on vines.

Step 14

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Before first and after each use, we recommend hand washing pan in warm soapy water. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered.

Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces. Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or Wilton Cake Release or Wilton Bake Easy? Non-Stick Spray, in place of solid shortening and flour).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've never made a cake besides a pound cake before. But, I wanted to do something special for my son's first birthday. This mold was great! And the instructions were easy to follow. I used the pre-mixed Wilton buttercream icing mix instead of making my own for my first try. It was easy and delicious. I had to decorate the cake over a 2-day period, so in between sessions, I placed the cake in the freezer. It worked out really well. Can't wait to start baking more cakes!!
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This cake pan was so great, I was able to see all the lines of where to decorate with ease. Great pan for so many reasons, instead of using the star tip that is shown, I used the grass/ Hair tip. I think that it gave my cake more of a life-like look to it. I would definitely be careful with the coloring though. I used the (skin tone) color for the frosting and it ended up being so orange that i had to scrap it and use just a light dab of the brown fod coloring.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake to go along with a "mod monkey" birthday theme and it turned out great! I am not a particularly skilled decorator and the only part that I had trouble with is in forming the leaves in the vine around the bottom of the cake. I suggest allowing yourself a few extra minutes practice time if you have never made leaves before, or even leaving the leaves off. Otherwise, the cake is very simple to decorate and was a huge hit at the party!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have made this cake three times and each time for different occasion. Baby shower if monkey is the theme, birthday party for adult if its time to monkey around and for a child's party. Strawberry cake and just an outline frosting is very cute. Red Velvet and again an outline frosting is great. A hint for great success when using this pan is spray with Pam and freeze it while you prepare batter for a perfect monkey.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this pan. My youngest daughter loves curious george and we had everything monkey and bananas for her 5th bday party. I used this pan to make george and the balloons (out of cup cakes) he floated away on in the movie . I used a caramel and a fudge frosting for the two different browns of a monkey and made a banana cake. SHE WAS SO HAPPY with her cake, THANK YOU ^_^
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This cake is pritty much easy, just takes a while to put i all the stars. I tried to use the star with the three on it and well that did not work out for me. But it was worth it at the end my family loved it. i was able to put alot in to it. my favorite part was doing the eyes and out lining it. you should really out line it causethen it really pops out.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my 1st character cake. I had so much fun decoarting this. The directions were somewhat easy to follow. My little 17 year old daughter loves Monkeys and she just had to have this cake. We did it in the colors suggested by Wilton, I did have an interesting time dying the frosting also but it was so much fun and I look forward to making it again.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This monkey cake was very easy to make. The outlines on the cake pan makes icing very easy. The step by step instructions found on the pan's cover sheet or Wilton web site makes this cake a great success to bake and decorate. This cake was a great 1st birthday cake for my great-nephew; everyone just loved it. It was so simple to make.
Date published: 2013-03-09
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