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Monkeying-Around Cake

Monkeying-Around Cake recipe
photo by:kraft
The monkey cake is so cute and we got nothing but complements on it. It looks tricky but was fairly easy. I mixed up a tiny bit of chocolate frosting for the nose and more
posted by
 a cook
on 5/21/2009
50 min
3 hr 20 min
16 servings
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What You Need

pkg.  (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
cup  cold milk
cup  PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter
cup  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
cup  whipping cream
oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
 vanilla wafers
 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies
piece  black string licorice

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF. Prepare cake batter as directed on package; pour into greased and floured 2-qt. ovenproof glass bowl. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in bowl 15 min.; invert onto wire rack. Cool completely.

BEAT pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Add peanut butter; beat until well blended. Stir in COOL WHIP. Cut cake horizontally in half; place flat layer on plate. Frost with half the pudding mixture; cover with remaining cake half, rounded-side up. Spoon remaining pudding mixture into resealable plastic bag; refrigerate with cake until ready to use.

BRING cream just to boil in small saucepan on low heat. Add chocolate; cook until melted, stirring constantly. Cool 10 min. Meanwhile, dip edges of wafers in glaze; place on plate. Let stand until glaze is firm. Spread remaining glaze onto cake.

MAKE 2 small cuts in top of cake; insert wafers in cuts for the monkey's ears. Refrigerate 30 min.

CUT corner off 1 bottom corner of bag of pudding mixture; use to pipe pudding mixture onto cake for the monkey's mouth and into mound on top of head as shown in photo. Cut 6-inch length from licorice; place on cake for mouth. Cut remaining licorice piece in half; add to cake for the nostrils. Split OREO Cookies in half; place creme-covered halves on cake for the eyes. Discard remaining OREO halves or reserve for snacking. Keep cake refrigerated.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Special Extra
Add banana slices to the base of the cake for some fruity fun.
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