My little monkey had a birthday! He had a monkey lovie that he needed to sleep for the longest time. He accidentally left it at MiMi and Pops once and it caused dad to make a panicked late night run to track him down. Then we went through a phase where it even had to go to daycare with him. We accidentally left him there once too. Some of the older kids hid him while Jax was out of the room. He came home without him. After some tears, he finally went to sleep. Ever since, monkey doesn't leave the living room. We don't want to risk leaving him anywhere, even upstairs apparently!
Between his love of monkey and his penchant for an occasional Curious George video (the man in the yellow hat must be the most patient soul out there, am I right?! The first time I came home to tomatoes on the wall or 100 dozen donuts it would be the end... ok, maybe not the hundred dozen donuts part!) I just knew we needed monkey cupcakes. Of course we didn't need monkey cupcakes for a pirate party, but I knew they would be just perfect for daycare. They all know his love of monkey and who doesn't love cupcakes?
Of course a monkey cupcakes should be full of bananas. A little chocolate frosting never hurt a thing either. Jax loved them and he said the other kids did too. He is just the sweetest little guy! The Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream was such a hit, I wanted to give a chocolate version a try. Not to shabby! I made mine pretty thick so it would hold on the cookies and hold up to the trip to daycare without me having to worry about them. You could certainly thin it a bit by adding another little bit of sweetened condensed milk or a tablespoon of regular milk.
|Packed up and ready to go see the kids!|
Makes enough to frost 1 9x13" cake or 24 cupcakes
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
7 T cocoa powder
8-9 T sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- Cream the butter until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and beat on high until fluffy.
- Add more powdered sugar or milk as necessary until you reach your desired consistency.
For Monkey Cupcakes:
2 recipes banana cupcakes (or 24 of your favorite cupcakes)
1 recipe chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting
24 large vanilla wafers
48 mini vanilla wafers
48 candy eyes
Black frosting gel
- Frost cupcakes with plenty of chocolate frosting.
- Place on large vanilla wafer for the monkey's face.
- Position two minis for ears and a couple of eyes.
- Use the frosting to make a smile and a couple of nostrils and voila! your monkey is born!