How to Make a Monkey Smash Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: One 6-inch cake
A chocolate smash cake that looks like a monkey! This first birthday cake is made from scratch and delicious.
  • 2 6-inch layers of chocolate cake (recipe below)
  • Light chocolate buttercream (recipe below)
  • Dark chocolate buttercream (recipe below)
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 regular Oreos
  1. Spread about ¼ cup light chocolate buttercream over one layer of cake; top with second layer of cake
  2. With a small offset spatula, spread, use the light chocolate buttercream and spread a circle in center of top cake layer; spread additional light chocolate buttercream under the circle in a big arc rounding the edges to make “cheeks” for the monkey
  3. Use a clean offset spatula to spread dark chocolate buttercream around the face of the monkey (careful around the edges) and around sides of cake
  4. Use chocolate chips OR pipe dark chocolate buttercream to make eyes, nose and mouth for monkey; line the edges of monkey’s face with chocolate chips where different buttercreams meet if desired
  5. Take each Oreo and carefully tuck them in (1/3 of the cookie) to each side of the cake where layers meet for monkey’s ears
You may have extra buttercream
Store cake lightly covered in a cake box or with seran wrap at room temperature up to two days
Recipe by Keep It Sweet Desserts at