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)
Decorate in Order
Ice sides and background areas smooth with thinned white icing.
Use tip 5 and white icing to outline and pipe in whites of eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Use tip 3 and black icing to outline whites of eyes.
Use tip 3 and black icing to pipe in pupils (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Use tip 3 and white icing to pipe dot eye highlights.
Use tip 5 and ivory icing to outline and pipe in inner ear and muzzle (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Use tip 3 and brown/red-red combination icing to outline monkey hands, feet, mouth and nostrils.
Use tip 16 and brown/red-red combination icing to cover monkey's body with stars.
Use tip 16 and ivory icing to cover hands and feet with stars.
Use tip 18 and white icing to pipe shell bottom border.
Use tip 3 and green icing to pipe outline vines on top of bottom border.
Use tip 352 and green icing to pipe leaves on vines.
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.
Rated 5 out of
I made this cake for my sons first birthday, and just used the star tip for everything, since I did not have time to smooth out the icing for the face and eyes. I can not even believe how easy it was! I am in shock at how great it turned out and all of my other "mom" friends could not believe I made! Yahoo first birthday success!
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 4 out of
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
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.