Our first experiment into fashionable, fancy cupcakes were the delightful Monkey Cupcakes seen in the November issue of Parents magazine. Despite a couple of setbacks (I forgot that I didn’t have any powdered sugar!), we finished the monkeys. The first one I made was not so pretty, but that was mostly due to the miniature trouble maker attached to my leg at the time. But never fear! A beautiful army of monkeys appeared on our table!
Since I didn’t have any powdered sugar, I couldn’t do the eyes exactly right, so instead we fudged it and used colored eyes.
My homemade ginger cookies were a bit darker than the gingersnaps in the magazine, but we still enjoyed them!
The cupcakes are a delicious and moist banana batter with nice chocolate frosting. The ginger cookies were fun to make at home, and a good recipe to have on hand for pregnant friends with morning sickness. Mine were not the right size, so I had to make sure to trim them up before placing them on the cupcakes.
Overall, the recipe was fairly easy to follow. The details on the monkeys weren’t too difficult, even with a toddler helper. The hair was the most fun to do, with some of the frosting in a plastic bag with one corner cut off. Even though I have a pastry bag, I did follow the directions in the recipe.
In the end, we enjoyed a couple of the cupcakes at home, took some to a friend’s house, and the rest we donated to our church’s bake sale. I was told that they sold like hot cakes at the bake sale! Even if they weren’t exactly the way the magazine pictured them, they were still adorable. They’re definitely worth the effort!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for writing this review. The recipe was in an issue of Parents magazine, a periodical to which I subscribe.
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