I've made a lot of cakes over the years, but none have seemed as important as the cake I made a couple of weeks ago for my son's birthday. For Little B's first year we've heeded the words of our pediatrician and various baby guide: no sweets. But for the little guy's birthday, it seemed fitting to mark his passage from baby to toddler with cake...
Since Little B hadn't ever experienced dessert, I wanted to make sure his birthday cake wasn't too sugar high-inducing. He loves bananas, so a banana cake with cream cheese frosting seemed like it would be just the ticket. For the cake itself, I used this banana cake recipe that I developed for Peanut Butter & Co's All-Star Recipe Blog (minus the bourbon, people, this is a first birthday after all!) For the frosting I threw together 1 stick of organic butter, one block of organic cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and confectioner's sugar (to taste, less than a cup).
Inspired by both the pirate monkey cupcakes I recently made for my niece's birthday, I created this monkey face by dividing the batter into two layer cake pans and two cupcake tins. I then split the cupcakes in half to create the ears. The accents on the cake are chocolate frosting and with cocoa powder around the mouth.
And the reaction? After demolishing a rather large piece Little B uttered his first word, (other than Dada and Mama): "Moh-ah!" That's my boy! Happy birthday, little man!