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An animal theme can really get things swinging at a kid's birthday party. Indulge your child's penchant for monkey business with a fanciful banana cake with chocolate buttercream icing shaped and decorated to look like a curious friend.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2006



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  • lynn.1114
    28 FEB, 2018
    I fell in love with this cake many years back (actually 5 or so years) for my great grandsons 1st birthday. He loved Curious I took it and ran with it. I made a delicious chocolate cake and a peanut butter filling with cutting cake in half. I then covered it with Hershey's homemade chocolate icing. It was easy to do and Monkey came out looking just as the picture show on here. I then made from Fondant..curious George ball and the yellow hat from Curious George and I put them on Banana cream cupcakes that I made with curious George plastic rings I found at a baking store outlet. This theme was so adorable..I've had several requests with making this for others..always a huge hit. Even though I didn't use your full recipe..I did love the idea that I could get directions on how to make the monkey head and decorate it from your website. Really a cute monkey...thanks, Martha!
  • cakengiftsini
    26 MAY, 2017
    My w[filtered] family love this cake very much!!! So we make this cake in every weekend. We give thinks to you by heart for giving awesome recipe. Another cake that they like is given on the site :
  • sleeperific
    19 JAN, 2013
    Easy to make and delicious. We made this for my son's first birthday. I'm by no means a baker or can do a good job with tedious decorating, but this was definitely do-able. Super cute, everyone loved it!
  • m44anthony
    5 MAR, 2012
    I made this cake for my daughter's 1st birthday and I doubled the batch to make extra cupcakes. Everyone thought that I bought the cake and told me how wonderful it tasted. This is a wonderful recipe and super tasty!! The frosting was kind of dry and flaky but still tasty.
  • tiffbirchy
    10 FEB, 2012
    I cannot access part 2 of this video, and I've tried everything (switching browsers, signing in and out of the website) -- and nothing works. Can you please put both videos, part one and part two, up on this recipe page? This is very frustrating.
  • bethanyt
    25 JAN, 2012
    This cake turns out really cute, but like other reviewers, I think the banana cake recipe is sub-par. I also tried the banana pecan cupcake recipe from her cupcake book- it wasn't very good either, dense and not that tasty. I also made the matching cupcakes and they were great as well, just use a different recipe.
  • ddoft
    20 AUG, 2011
    where is video part 2? The decorating is the part that looks the trickiest and I cannot find the video.
  • pavlova
    18 APR, 2010
    I made this cake and the matching cup cakes for my daughter's first birthday party. It was an absolute hit. No one had seen anything like it. I baked it a week in advance,froze it then iced it the day before. It's a delicious cake! I hadn't made a character cake before and having the video gave me a lot of confidence. Get thinking Martha for my daughter's second birthday!...oh..and cup cakes to match please. Everyone loved those as party favours.
  • Mspike
    26 FEB, 2010
    This cake is delicious! I made it in a bundt pan and added about 1/2 a pkg of skor bits instead of the nuts. I also used 4 bananas as they were not too big. So moist and tasty! No icing, just a sprinkling of icing sugar. 10/10
  • swoon23
    10 JAN, 2010
    I made this cute cake tonight for a trial bday cake run, and I love it but my biggest Pyrex doesn't seem big enough - it shrunk and turned into a small cake. What size Pyrex works best? Or, other ideas for which bowl to use? I like the Martha collection stainless bowl idea but are they oven proof?

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