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Party Primate Cake

A Monkey Pan cake is always fun. Now add cookie balloons and party hat frosted with royal icing, and you?ve got an instant party!
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.

Step 2

Make 2 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1/4 cup ivory
Tint 1/4 cup black
Reserve 1 1/2 cups white (thin 1 1/4 cups with 4 teaspoons light corn syrup)

Step 3

Make 1 1/4 cups chocolate buttercream icing.

Step 4

Make 1 cup royal icing:
Tint 1/4 cup lemon yellow/golden yellow combination
Tint 1/4 cup violet/rose combination
Tint 1/4 cup blue
Tint 1/4 cup red

Step 5

Prepare Roll-Out Cookie Recipe.

Step 6

Decorate in Order

Step 7

1. Roll out cookie dough and cut 3 in. wide x 2 1/2 in. high triangle for party hat and use largest Circle Cutter from 101 Cookie Cutters Set to curve bottom edge of hat. Use Medium Circle Cutter from 101 Cookie Cutter Set to cut 3 cookies for balloons. Bake and cool.
2. Thin royal icings (lemon yellow/golden yellow combination, violet/rose combination, blue, red) with water. Place cookies on cooling grid above drip pan. Cover hat cookie with violet/rose combination icing and balloon cookies with lemon yellow/golden yellow combination, red and blue icings. Let dry on waxed paper covered board.
3. Attach lollipop stick to back of hat cookie with royal icing; let dry.
4. Ice sides and background of cake smooth with thinned white icing.
5. Add confetti sprinkle decorations to sides and background areas of cake.
6. Use tip 3 and chocolate buttercream icing to outline body, ears, feet, arms, tail and muzzle.
7. Use tip 5 and ivory icing to pipe in inner ear, muzzle, feet and area behind whites of eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
8. Use tip 5 and white buttercream icing to pipe in whites of eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
9. Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to pipe in pupils (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
10. Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to outline mouth and nostrils.
11. Use tip 18 and chocolate buttercream icing to cover body, head, ears, arms and tail with stars.
12. Use tip 21 and white buttercream icing to pipe shell bottom border.
13. Position hat cookie in cake. Use tip 3 and white buttercream icing to add pull-out fur fringe and pompom.
14. Cut yellow/blue/red ribbons to 18 in. lengths and position in monkey's hand. Overpipe hand outline with tip 3 chocolate buttercream and cover hand with tip 18 chocolate buttercream stars.
15. Position cookies on top of ribbon streamers.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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).

Step 10

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.

Step 11

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

Step 12

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.

Step 13

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.

Step 14

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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Christmas Red Icing Color

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Rose Icing Color

Ivory Icing Color

Black Icing Color

One 2-layer cake mix (or your favorite cake recipe)

light corn syrup





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6 in. Lollipop Sticks

Cookie Sheet

blue curling ribbon

Red curling ribbon

Yellow curling ribbon


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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was the 1st cake that I had attempted to do in almost 20 yrs. I made this for my son's 1st birthday. The cake is very easy to do basically just the star techinque. It came out great & I was very proud of it. I tried to take a short cut on the cookies and use the Pilsbury refrigerated roll out sugar cookies instead of making the rollout cookie receipe listed. I wouldn't suggest doing this because I had a little problem with my royal icing hardening on my cookies and I think it was because of the oil/grease in the store bought cookie dough.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love Monkeys! This is a great way to show them off, lots of different ideas to change it up. Grease the pan really well and flour it, so nothing sticks. Make sure you really bang the pan before baking to ensure all the bubbles come out. It makes it much easier to follow the pattern. Then i freeze the cake for easier transfer. I always start with the parts that are different in colour (ie the eyes, hands and feet) then work my way out to ensure all of it gets covered. I have had good results with this cake and everyone has been very happy with it!
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake into a 3 layered Ice Cream cake, for a neice of mine. Instead of cookies for the balloons, i used marbled colored fondant. I was able to give the balloons more a a figure of balloons with the fondant. For the actual hat i used one that was going to be part of the birthday party. Some angles were a bit harder to get to than others. But being a novice at it made it an experience to learn from.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake in 2009. I used the grass tip #235 for corse hair . Added 24 cupcakes as balloons. Used fondant for the hat . Decorated it with buttercream & fondant cutout flowers . Cut out the birthday wishes with the Alphabet and Number Fondant Cut-outs set & added to the balloons. Everyone loved it.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the end result of this cake! This is a very simple cake becuase it is almots 100% star-tip made. The cake slides out of the pan easily and leaves a great surface to decorate. I made 2 of these cakes for a party and love that because of the step by step directions they looked exactly the same.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this pan and got tons of compliments.....will use over and over again....i added cupcakes for balloons and cut bananas out of round was so much fun to make and decorate.....i gave to my friend for her birthday....
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved making this cake for my son's birthday. The instructions were easy to follow and very clear. The cookies were a big hit with all the kids too. My son loved having a "monkey cake" for his 2nd birthday!!!!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A birthday favorite. Place a # candle in is hand and it's perfect. Instead of using cookies for balloons try making cakes from ball pan, then you have more cake. Also trade the cookie hat for a sugar cone.
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