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Monkey Turns One (Part One)

A Monkey-Face Cake

Isn’t it funny how the baby of the family gets all the nicknames?  Our son Blake isn’t an exception.  Our “little man,” “monkey,” “chunk,” “baby boy..”  He’s doted on by every member of our family and he definitely knows that he’s the center of attention.  

My favorite nickname for him is the one that’s been stuck since he was born.  He’s my little monkey.  He’s a silly baby and a ham for sure, so it suits.  It’s only fitting that we would throw him a monkey-themed first birthday party.  I’m not sure if it was a good or bad thing, but this party was completely thrown together in two days.  We got home from vacation on Thursday at 5:30 am, and the party was planned for Saturday at 5 pm.  Not exactly a whole lot of time…

Of course things didn’t run smoothly.  I went to order the cake the morning before the party and the sole full-time cake decorator {yes, you heard that right.. they only have one} was on vacation. Turns out, after taking all the information from me, the part-time girl doesn’t know how to “run the machine” to make the monkey design {the only monkey design} I wanted.  So I was on my own.  Too late to contact any local pro’s.  Now I admit it, I’m frugal; but I just couldn’t order a cake from Wal-Mart.  Not to mention, it’s hell to take 3 kids shopping anywhere, let alone WAL-MART!  Just going to the store for groceries with them takes a couple hours of recovery time afterward!

I knew exactly what I had in mind.  Just the face of a monkey.  How hard could it be?  I’ve seen lots of pictures on Pinterest.. 
Source: http://www.wilton.com/idea/Go-Bananas

Source: http://birdonacake.blogspot.com/2013/06/peanut-butter-chocolate-monkey-cake.html

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These cakes are all adorable, and a cute monkey face is just the touch I needed to be the finishing touch of Blake’s decor.  With hubby’s encouragement {“We can make that cake,” = “I’m sure you can do it, dear.”}, I decided to take on the task.  Let me just clarify: I’m not exactly a baker.  I bake brownies and cupcakes, but I’m not a cake person.  I have NEVER used fondant.  I don’t even own a rolling pin, and my collection of cookie cutters is limited to Christmas shapes.  I knew this was going to be a challenge.  Then again, I’m always up for one of those.. 😉





After the kids went to bed, off I went to Wal-Mart in search of fondant and the rest of the party supplies I needed.  I baked the cakes late into the night to make sure that I didn’t have to do any baking for the party the day of.  Since I didn’t know how the cake would turn out, I made cupcakes and a separate {smash} cake as well.  I’ve learned with birthdays to ALWAYS have a Plan B!

I procrastinated the icing of the cake until I couldn’t any longer.  I’m a perfectionist.  I can’t believe I didn’t at least buy some sort of cookie cutter or something.. Nonetheless, it turned out to be pretty cute!!  
Not too shabby!  {I just had to do the smirk}

Like I said, I always have a back-up plan.  Boring cupcakes never do for birthday parties, so I figured I’d make hubby happy and throw in some Reese’s!  Peanut butter kind of lends itself to a monkey theme, right?  {Okay, I’ll admit.  I base everything for parties off of color to some extent, even food!!}
Chocolate cupcakes topped with chopped up Reese’s PB Cups
The cake spread: Monkey Face cake,  cupcakes, and smash cake

I’m pretty sure it met Blake’s approval.
Here’s the birthday boy eyeing up his cake.

I’ll share more about the party in a future post!


Happy Designing! -Cherie

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