Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sock Monkey Cake


This is my first Sock Monkey Cake. All it took was some strawberry cake, strawberry Rice Krispy treats, fondant and buttercream icing. (Oh, and approximately 14 hours, lots of patience, and some trial & error. A little too much error.)

A dear friend of mine contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be up for the challenge of making a Sock Monkey Cake for his mom's 75th birthday party. (She's collected them for years, so it seemed like a totally awesome idea.) I was both, intrigued & intimidate. Sock monkeys are lanky, floppy, silly things. How in the world do I make that out of cake? Plus, there's this thing called GRAVITY that usually doesn't cooperate with cakes that need to sit upright. Or be transported. More importantly, I'm always intimated when I'm asked to make desserts for an event, where people are expecting great things. Ack. The pressure just about kills me. I prefer to bake on a whim, and if it turns out, I surprise someone with it. Ta-da! Less stress that way.

Anyway... I did it. And it turned out pretty good. The trickiest part was figuring out how to make the blotchy brown & white sock monkey fabric. I used a recipe for chocolate fondant that tastes a lot like a Tootsie Roll, and then grated white chocolate over it, embedding it into the fondant with my rolling pin. Time consuming, but totally worth it, dontcha think?

Happy Birthday Alys! Enjoy your monkey.

Not to gross you out or anything... but strawberry Rice Krispy treats look a lot like ground beef. Ewwww. They do, however, allow you to make 3-dimensional cakes that will defy gravity.

10 comments:

Beth said...

You nailed it! Well done.

Project Denneler said...

Ha! Thanks Beth. ;-)

David D. Morris said...

Jon told me he was having you make his mom a cake.
As always you blow me away with how great your cakes look. Awesome!

Project Denneler said...

Thanks David. Maybe some day you and I can collaborate on an edible art book.....

Jonko said...

It was a huge hit! My mom couldn't get over the texture you created in the fabric at the tips of the tail and legs. Last I heard, it was on display in the lobby of the Riverview Condos.

Kaylan said...

Wow! That is one of the best cakes I have ever seen! My daughter loves sock monkey but I am terrible using fondant, so I kept thinking, doesn't this look like those cinnamon sugar donut? So maybe if use that type of topping on a regular cake? Of course, some people don't like cinnamon, so I'd have to be sure of taste preferences. Absolutely wonderful work!

Project Denneler said...

Thanks Kayan - I'm not very good at using fondant either. But you just gotta keep trying. I like the idea of a cinnamon-sugar donut - very similar texture...that just might work!

Leslie R said...

Could you possibly give the recipe for the chocolate fondant you used. I have to make a cake like this for this weekend. I am really stressing over the design for the fabric. ugh...

Project Denneler said...

I'm sorry Leslie, but I don't have the fondant recipe anymore. It was my first attempt at making chocolate and I just remember Googling: easy, delicious chocolate fondant. When I read that it would taste like a Tootsie Roll, I was sold. It really did. But unfortunately, I didn't bookmark the recipe.

Good luck!

Yolanda Sumner said...

That is a great creation! We are having my nephew's first birthday party and Sock Monkey is the theme. I would love to try my hand at this. Great job!!!

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