Monday, September 21, 2009

Monkey Cupcakes

I first saw these cupcakes in a Taste of Home magazine I bought a few months ago. I thought they were so darn cute that I could not wait for a chance to make them. Last Saturday night was my monthly scrapbooking meet-up with some friends and I thought these would be the perfect treat to share.


I used this funfetti cupcake recipe (although I left the sprinkles out), because I love the almond flavor and thought it would be great with the chocolate frosting. Since pastel M&M's are not in season I grabbed a bag of Crazy Cores Skittles for the eyeballs. For the ears I bought a regular sized and mini sized bag of Nutter Butter cookies because I could not decide which size/shape I liked better for the ears. It turns out that I think both are super cute and now I have all kinds of cookies left that I have no clue what to do with.


It was fun giving all of the monkeys different faces, some were cross-eyed, some had kissy lips and one even had a beard. These cupcakes were a hit at scrapbooking night, everyone enjoyed them and thought they were really cute. For as cute as these cupcakes are they took pretty much no time to put together. Definitely a crowd pleaser.


Monkey Cupcakes
adapted from
Taste of Home

Ingredients
1 package cake mix
1 can chocolate frosting
Vanilla wafers (one per cupcake)
Black and red decorating gel
Pastel blue and/or green milk chocolate candies (2 pcs per cupcake)
Nutter Butter, peanut butter cream filled sandwich cookies (regular or mini size)

Directions
Prepare and bake cake batter according to directions for cupcakes. Cool completely on wire racks. Set aside 1/4 cup frosting. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting.
With a serrated knife, cut off and discard a fourth from each vanilla wafer. Place a wafer on each cupcake, with the rounded edge of wafer near edge of cupcake, for face. Add dots of black gel for nostrils. With red gel, pipe a mouth on each. Place candies above wafers for eyes; add dots of black gel for pupils. Using reserved frosting and a #16 star tip, pipe hair. Carefully separate sandwich cookies; cut each in half. Position one on each side of cupcakes for ears.

28 comments:

Cassi said...

Adorable!
I love them!

Natalie said...

i love these! I wish i had the patience to cutely decorate cupcakes :)

Bob said...

Ha! Awesome.

Michelle said...

These are adorable! Should be a big hit!

Julie said...

That's just the cutest thing ever!

Mrs.CFH2 said...

Freaking adorable!!!

Jade said...

These are absolutely adorable!!

Lynne said...

Those are so cute - I'm almost tempted to make them!

Jigginjessica said...

Super cute!! I need to make these sometime!

Katy ~ said...

I LOVE these!! They are just tooo adorable!! Wish I had the knack for decorating because I'd make this in a NY minute!

Erin said...

These are so adorable! I'll have to share these with my mom- I'm sure she would love to make these for her students!

Katie said...

soooo stinkin cute!!

joyofcooking said...

These are SO cute!

Joelen said...

Very cute and so creative!

sarah said...

A friend and I made these for my son's 1st birthday. They are adorable and super easy!

Stephanie said...

CUU-UUTE!!

That Girl said...

Totally adorable!

Dolce said...

They are adorable :) And look definitely yummy...

Stephanie said...

oh my goodness, these are just so adorable!!

gaga said...

Those are absolutely adorable!

Colleen said...

These are too cute! And this actually looks like decorations I can do!

Anne said...

Oh my goodness, those are too adorable! I love them :)

Melody said...

My little monkey boy would love these!

Amber said...

I adore these!!! Too cute!

Sophie said...

Those are so cute! What a clever idea :)! They'd put a smile on anyone's face.

Clotilde M said...

How cute and inventive!

Shari said...

Loool..wonderful!

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

I love these, they're so adorable!