Happy monkeys for happy children!
This is the same cake recipe as I used for the Animal cupcakes.
Ingredients for the cupcakes
175g/6oz softened butter
3 beaten eggs
4Tbsp golden syrup
225g/8oz self raising flour
2tsp ground ginger
1 pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds
1 – 2 Tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs and syrup.
Sift in the flour and spices and gently stir until combined. Stir in the ground almonds and milk until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To decorate I made up a small amount of buttercream:
7 oz icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 oz butter, softened
Combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract and butter in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
Spread over the top of the cupcakes. Dip the edges of the cupcakes in chocolate sugar strands, add mini chocolate beans for the eyes and corner of the mouth then add a smile with a tube of writing icing.