Monkey cake and giraffe cookies
Last Sunday it was the third birthday of my youngest son. It was celebrated with an animal themed birthday party. So of course the cake and cookies also were animal themed. And with chocolate! Here are the recipes so you can try them.
Both the cake and the cookies were popular among kids and grown-ups alike. Maybe all the credit goes to the appearance, but I certainly thought they were tasty. And simple to make. If you want it even simpler make a regular round cake without monkey ears.
The monkey shape is really good if you don´t want the same filling in the whole cake, for example because of allergies. I made the ears without banana since Anders don´t like that.
Monkey cake recipe
If you want to make a monkey cake you have to bake two sponge cakes. Otherwise there won´t be enough for the ears and the nose.
Ingredients for the sponge cake
2.5 dl sugar
3 dl wheat flour
1 tsk baking powder
1 tsk vanilla sugar
50 g melted butter
1 dl milk
Chocolate mousse or something similar
ca 3 dl whipped cream
about 1 tbsp juice or sugar syrup (rum or Cointreau works if the cake is only for adults)
1 tsk vanilla sugar
2 round chocolate pieces
a few pieces of dark chocolate
This is how you make the cake
1. Turn the oven on 150° C / 300° F.
2. Whisk the eggs and the sugar very fluffy.
3. Mix the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar and pour it into the eggs. Whisk slowly.
4. Pour melted butter and milk into the mixture and whisk it well.
5. Pour the mixture into a breaded and buttered round baking tin.
6. Bake the cake in the bottom of the oven in about 40 min. Let it cool.
7. Make another one if you are doing a monkey cake.
8. Turn one of the sponge cakes over on a cake dish.
9. Draw around a round lid or saucer (with a size fitting to a monkey ear) on a piece of paper. Cut out the circle and put it partly under the cake so an ear sticks out. Draw along the cake on the paper circle. Cut out the now ready ear shape.
10. Put the ear template on the other cake and cut out two ears with a knife. Also cut out an oval fitting for the monkey nose.
11. Slice the sponge cake on the dish in three layers. Do the same with the ears and nose.
12. Keep only 2 of the ear layers from each ear, and 1 from the nose.
13. Trickle some juice over each part of the sponge cake as you assemble the monkey cake.
14. Mash the bananas and spread on the bottom slice of the sponge cake. Add the next layer.
15. Spread chocolate mousse on that layer and the bottom layers of the ears. Add the top layers.
16. Put the ears next to the "face".
17. Spread chocolate mousse on one side of the nose and put it on the face.
18. Divide the whipped cream into two containers. Mix vanilla sugar + milk chocolate powder in one of them and vanilla sugar + cocoa in the other until you have two nice brown.
19. Spread the cream all over the cake according to the photo. Place the round chocolates as eyes.
20. Melt the dark pieces of chocolate over a water bath.
21. Make a small cone out of baking paper and tape. Pour the melted chocolate into the cone. Cut a small hole in the end and pipe a mouth, eyebrows and nostrils on the cake.
22. Ready to enjoy!
Giraffe cookie recipe
Simple to make. Works in any shape. Are great to decorate with royal icing. If I had more time I would have dripped dark chocolate on them as giraffe spots. Change the flavouring to something else if you like.
You can get about 50 cookies from this dough depending on size. If you don´t have time or energy to make them all at once you can put the rest of the dough in the freezer and use it some other time.
200 g butter
200 g sugar
Peel from one orange
about 30 g cocoa
370 g wheat flour
This is how you make the cookies
1. Let the butter soften in room temperature for a while.
2. Heat the oven to 175 ° C/ 350° F.
3. Whisk the butter, sugar and orange peel until fluffy.
4. Add the egg and whisk.
5. Pour the flour and the cocoa in the mixture little by little and whisk on slow speed until it turns into a dough (use dough hooks if you have).
6. Work the dough into a lump and wrap it into cling wrap. Put it in a refrigerator for at least an hour.
7. Roll the dough with a rolling pin until about 0.5 cm thick. Use some flour so it doesn´t stick on the rolling pin or table.
8. Make the cookies in any shape you want and put them on a baking sheet with baking paper. The cookies keep their shape well so you can put the close to each other.
9. Put the baking sheet with the cookies in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
10. Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven i about 8 min (depending on thickness).
11. Cool down and eat!
I have found the idea to the appearance of the monkey cake somewhere on the internet. Unfortunately I don´t remember where. If you know please write a comment to I can give credit to the right person.