Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sock monkey baby shower

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.


jkl said...

Insanely adorable!!!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I want a baby just so you can make these items for me! You know how i feel about banana bars! This is SO cute! L

Anonymous said...

Dear Mini Martha --
My son is planning his ordination cake, and I teasingly told him you could do one with a golden cellist decor. (He is going in a different direction on the cake -- just to let you know.) Anyway, I opened your website to the surprisingly apt sock monkey cake decoration. ("Imagine a cello instead of the monkey,' I said. He is definitely going in a different direction on the cake.) My husband's only comment: "If she ever grabs a cup of decaf by mistake, she's going to come to a crashing halt!" Until then -- we truly enjoy The Martha Initiative. Your friendly theo dept chair

Amanda said...

I'd love to do a cello cake! Let me know if he changes his mind. :) As for your husband, let him know that the cake craziness is NOT caffiene-induced. It's just my natural over-achieving tendencies combined with slight OCD and Martha fanaticism. :) I only consume coffee at work, for obvious reasons. LOL :)

Anonymous said...

With a double espresso do you do time travel?? theodeptchair