Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Justice for Girls" Monkey Themed Cake

Justice for Girls Monkey Bed Cake

My little niece turned 8 and loves the monkey from the Justice for Girls clothing store and with a sleep over party, I wanted to create the perfect little cake incorporating the Monkey, the bright and funky store themed style and a bed. Her father said she was always laying on her bed listening to her iTouch so I just had to add that too =)

The cake is an 8 x 5 x 3 inch Dark Chocolate Cake covered in Chocolate IMBC - here's a picture of it in the middle of being crumb coated.

Once I covered the cake over with the IMBC, I let it sit in the fridge to firm up while I prepared the bed spread to lay over it.

I rolled the MMF out into a rectangle (11 x 11 inch - 5x8 inch top with 3 inches down 3 of the sides), I used a diamond impression mat to lightly mark the pattern over it.  With a sewing tracing wheel, I marked the lines then lightly pressed in the creases at each intersection with a gumpaste veining tool.

I then lay it over the cake and smoothed it into place.  The headboard was made 2 days prior to allow time to dry out of MMF mixed with Tylose and it sits flat up against the back of the cake.

Gumpaste Textured Rug Star Slippers b

I then added a small round "button" into each intersection and dusted the creases of the bed spread with pink petal dust.

The texture on the little rug was made by using the tip of the star piping tip then dusted over with lilac petal dust.  I topped them with a pair of slippers =) for the little monkey.

Justice for Girls Monkey Sleep Over Cake

The monkey is made out of modeling chocolate (the head is a RKT covered in modeling chocolate).  I loved how she turned out - Laying on the bed, listening to her iTouch.

Justice for Girls Monkey (closeup1) b

another view of the monkey....  I made the bow and the letters of her name out of MMF (mixed with Tylose) then dusted them with edible Glitter.

Justice for Girls Monkey Bed Cake

I just had to add the banana peel beside the bed =)

I also made a bunch of mini banana's to top the cupcakes with (1 to 1.5 inches).  Here they're being dusted in sunflower and dogwood brown petal dust.

The 4 steps to creating a gumpaste banana (left to right):
1) Model the banana out of yellow gumpaste (here I used MMF mixed with Tylose)
2) Dust them over with a yellow or sunflower petal dust
3) Lightly and randomly, dust them with brown or dogwood petal dust
4) Steam them lightly to set the color = perfect, little, ripe bananas.  It would have been nice to have added some banana extract to them but I didn't think about it until they were done.

Some of the cupcake toppers.  We had 4 dozen Red Velvet cupcakes to top with decorations so I did an assortment of hearts, stars, flower blossoms, peace signs, banana's, the Monkey and #8.

Justice for Girls Monkey Cupcake Tower

My sister-in-law baked her Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and I topped then off with the decorations and finished off the dessert table with some Chocolate Peppermint Cake Balls.  It all came together perfectly and I love the theme and colors - so Kayla!

Justice for Girls Monkey Themed Dessert Table


Unknown said...

Wow! The monkey is perfect! It 's very nice your blog, I add me among your supporters ;)

Dreams of cakes said...

Your niece is a very lucky girl!! You are TRULLY a VERY TALENTED person!!! Thank you so much for giving us such beautiful ideas...

cakemom68 said...

So cute!

Karen said...

I love all of the little details you put into this. The tiny flip flops are adorable and the banana peel is just the right touch. Using the star tip to give the rug the right texture was a brilliant idea. I'm definitely filing that idea away for future use. =)

Maxine said...

Oh my goodness - that is the most adorable little Monkey i have ever seen made from fondant/gumpast. Her little face is just darling. I stand and clap at your talant - well done indeed.
The whole cake is just gorgeous.



SugarSweet said...

Thank you! =) =)

Vegan reviews said...

Love the cake.....I am getting back into cakes :) I really missed it, but I couldn't find a fondant that was easy to roll out and wouldn't dry out too fast on me....but now I found one :D oh and i can roll it out super thin too :D Fondarific!!! Now I can try some of your stuff too that takes awhile like the blanket on this time consuming but real cute :)

linksdistodaquilo said...

I love this blog, thank you!

Qing @ Coolest Party Ideas said...

WOW! An Amazing monkey cake! I LOVE the little monkey girl. She is so cute. every detail on this cake is perfect.

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