Cute Monkey Cake

Cute Monkey Cake

Here’s a cake where monkeying around isn’t off limits—it’s encouraged! Go bananas with Betty Crocker cake mix, mint candies and plenty of chocolate frosting.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
container Betty Crocker® Whipped vanilla frosting
tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® brown decorating gel
brown candy-coated chocolate candies
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms and sides of 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray. Place paper baking cup in each of 2 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Fill 2 muffin cups about two-thirds full of batter. Divide remaining batter between cake pans. Bake as directed on box for 8-inch rounds and cupcakes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze cake 30 minutes to 1 hour or until firm.
  4. On serving plate, place 1 cake layer, rounded side down. Spread with 1 cup of the chocolate frosting. Top with second cake layer, rounded side up. Remove paper liners from cupcakes; trim rounded top off of each cupcake. Place cupcakes at top of cake for ears. Spread thin layer of chocolate frosting over cake and cupcakes to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. In small bowl, place vanilla frosting. Tint with chocolate frosting adding 1/2 teaspoon at a time until desired color is reached for monkey face. Spread frosting in kidney shape in center of cake for monkey face. Spread frosting in center of cupcakes for inner ears. Spoon remaining chocolate frosting into decorating bag fitted with grass icing tip (#233 or #133); pipe “fur” on side of cake, on top of cake around face and on cupcakes. With decorating gel, draw mouth, nose and line in inner ears. Add candies for eyes.
Makes 14 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
The grass tip lets you have fun with the frosting, and there is little chance of not doing it perfect! The unevenness of the frosting makes the fur look more real. If you don’t have a grass piping tip, spread frosting on thick and use the back of a spoon, lifting up to create texture in the frosting.
Freeze the extra cupcakes unfrosted tightly wrapped up to 2 months. Loosen wrap and thaw at room temperature 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 600
    • (Calories from Fat 280),
  • Total Fat 31g
    • (Saturated Fat 7g,
    • Trans Fat 4 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 80mg;
  • Sodium 460mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 77g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 0g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 4 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 6 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 5;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.