Way back in January, three friends and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friend Ellyn who had requested a sock monkey theme. Ellyn loves sock monkeys, and the nursery would be decorated in sock monkeys, so we were happy to oblige. Very talented Monica designed the invitation, which included this adorable guy:
I used him as the star of the cake. The cake is frosted banana bars. The pink icing background is cream cheese frosting, but the monkey and writing are buttercream. And the sock monkey's tail didn't disappear--it's just wrapped around the side of the cake. No sock monkeys were harmed in the making of this cake!
I made banana sugar cookies to accompany the cake. And by 'banana sugar cookies,' I mean they were regular sugar cut-out cookies decorated to look like bananas. They didn't actually taste like bananas.
But now that I'm thinking of it, banana-flavored sugar cookies would have been pretty awesome. I have yet to see a banana sugar cookie recipe, so I guess it's up to me to invent one.
If you need me, I'll be in my kitchen trying to blend bananas and sugar cookie dough in delicious harmony.