I’m pretty sure the first time I saw this monkey cake, it was in a picture sent to me by Kate’s sister-in-law.  I remember thinking it was the cutest thing ever, which is why months later when I was searching the internet for ideas for my oldest son’s first birthday this link from Martha Stewart caught my eye.


Kiddos and adults will go bananas for these cute little guys!
And what did my birthday boy think?  You be the judge.


  1. Brilliant, Sara 🙂 All four of the kids in the family have their birthdays between now and the end of the year…hmm…I'll bet Siu Jeun would like a monkey cake 🙂

  2. I love this cake! I made it for Becka when she turned one and it was a huge hit! I made her monkey pink though, it was adorable. We've always called her our little monkey and this was the perfect theme!

  3. Trista, what kinds of problems have you run into? I just find it's easiest to grease and flour the bowl and use a skewer to make sure the cake is cooked all the way to the center. Oh, and let it cool enough before trying to invert it or you'll lose the top!

  4. Okay. You had me at the adorable monkey cake. But then you brought in the cupcakes!!! I'm dying from cuteness over here! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. My son is 4 months old, and I think these cupcakes will be made for his 1st birthday! What better theme than Monkeys! So excited.

  6. Oh my goodness these are cute! My youngest wants a kitty themed b-day and I'll be trying this cake as a kitty! Thanks for posting this!!!!!

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