last week was filled with a lot of cake.
i’m just beginning a lifetime of the double birthday conflict in late august-early september.
my two littlest, the girls, are one week (and almost 3 years) apart. so begins, the dilemma… two parties or a party for two?
it also means, this year, two cake pops…. in case you missed it, there were already dalmatian cake pops for my spotted puppy loving freshly 4 year old. and now… the monkeys.
my original inspiration was from the mighty bakerella’s curious george pops. because she’s a miracle-worker and i’m not, these are monkey cake pops. which fits like a glove as that’s one of my often used names of endearment for this littlest one.
if you have a monkey too, these are for you. and next time there should definitely be little banana runt candies involved too.
happy 1st, little monkey.
Monkey Cake Pops
Yield 24 monkeys
- 1 box yellow gluten-free cake mix (love betty crocker)
- 1 (16-ounce) container ready-made chocolate or vanilla frosting
- 1 (1-pound) bag light chocolate candy coating morsels
- 2 teaspoons shortening, divided (i used Spectrum, but Crisco works too)
- Lollipop sticks
- gluten-free peanut butter morsels
- (Styrofoam block)
- 1/2 (1-pound) bag peanut butter candy coating morsels
- white confetti circles
- 1 black edible ink pen (i really like AmeriColor, don't waste your money on Wilton)
- Bake cake according to package instructions. Allow cake to cool completely.
- Cut the cake into quarters. Finely crumble each quarter of cake in a large bowl. Add half the container of frosting. Mix into cake crumbles until well combined. Mixture should stick together to form a ball, not too crumbly, not too wet. (Add more frosting, if needed.) Reserve remaining frosting for another use.
- Shape cake mixture into 2-inch balls. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet, cover and chill in fridge till firm.
- Carefully melt light chocolate candy coating and 1 teaspoon shortening in a deep bowl in microwave according to package directions.
- Dip ¼-inch of a lollipop stick into candy coating mixture; insert the stick straight into the cake on the bottom of the ball, almost half-way.
- Hold cake ball at the surface of the candy coating, spoon coating evenly over cake ball and candy corn; and carefully tap off any excess. Work quickly, but not too forcefully or the cake ball will fall off the stick. Stick a peanut butter morsel flat side forward on either side of round ball (to be the monkey's ears.) Place end of stick in the Styrofoam block until sturdy and allow to dry. Continue with remaining balls and peanut butter morsels.
- Combine peanut butter candy coating morsels and remaining 1 teaspoon shortening in a medium bowl. Melt according to package directions. Dip face into peanut butter candy coating, and spread upwards toward face to create eyes using a toothpick. Return to styrofoam block to dry.
- Make monkey's nose by adding a little more peanut butter candy coating with a toothpick.
- Draw eyes on white confetti circles with edible black ink pen.
- Attach eyes to monkey's face, using a tiny dollop of peanut butter candy coating as "glue".
- Draw on mouth and curves of ears with black edible ink pen.
- Using a toothpick, place a small white dot on black eyes, if desired.