2016 Is the Year of the Monkey (Cake Pops): Let’s Go Bananas!

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey and to celebrate, we’ll make some monkey cake pops! Monkeys make for a super cute party or shower theme, year-round. Go bananas with it! I’ll teach you how to make monkey cake pops in 10 easy steps for just about any occasion, including the Chinese New Year!

How to Make Monkey Cake Pops

How to make monkey cake pops

You’ll need:

  • Cake pop dough
  • Brown candy wafers
  • White candy wafers
  • Smarties candies
  • Licorice rope
  • Candy coated sunflower seeds
  • Banana Runts candies
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Ziplock bag for piping
  • Wax paper
  • Cake pop stand or styrofoam block

Step 1:

Line your work surface with wax paper. Learn the basics of shaping cake pops, using this shaping tutorial if you’re unfamiliar with the process.

Making cake pops Scoop your cake pop dough using a cookie scoop and form it into a ball.

Shape into oval Then roll it into an oval.

Cut 1/3 of ovalUsing a sharp knife, cut 1/3 of the dough.

Form ball and ovalRoll the smaller piece into a ball and the larger portion into an oval. These will form the monkey head and body. Refrigerate all the pieces on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

Step 2:

Gather and prep your candies.

Smarties candiesWe’ll use the Smarties for ears. The colors you use won’t matter as they will be attached before dipping.

Cut licorice ropesThe little monkey tails will be made with licorice rope. Cut them to 1-inch pieces.

Candy Coated Sunflower SeedsThese candy coated sunflower seeds are as versatile as they are delicious. They can be found at some arts and craft stores, specialty supermarkets as well as online. We’ll use these for the arms and legs.

Banana RuntsAnd of course, banana Runts are a naturally fitting detail for these monkeys! You can find runts at pharmacy stores and 7-Elevens. Banana-only runts are sometimes sold at bulk bin candy stores.

Step 3:

Melt the brown candy coating in a microwave-safe plastic or silicone bowl.

(Brush up on your melting and dipping skills by reading through this melting and dipping tutorial.)

Since we’ll be attaching so many little pieces to this cake pop, be sure to thin your candy coating to the consistency of a fresh gallon of paint. Let rest at room temperature to cool.

Step 4:

Remove the cake pieces from the refrigerator and let them rest in room temperature for at least 5 minutes. We will attach the sticks and assemble the monkey body.

Insert sticksAttach sticks to the body pieces by dipping a lollipop stick, about ⅓” into the melted coating, then carefully push it in until it’s about ¾ of the way into the body portion.

Attach headTouch the bottom part of the head into the candy coating and gently press the head onto the body. Let set completely before moving forward.

Step 5:

Let’s attach the ears!

Create grooves for earsGently press a Smartie into each side of the head to create grooves for placement.

Attach earsDab the Smartie into the coating and press one into each groove. This will “glue” the pieces in place.

Step 6:

Attach the tail.

Create groove for tailPress one end of the licorice rope into the bottom backside of the monkey. You’ll want to make a groove that’s about 1/4 inch deep.

Attach tailDunk the tip of the rope into the coating and push into the groove you made.

Step 7:

Attach the arms and legs.

Create groves using candy coated sunflower seedsPress the pointed end of a candy coated sunflower seed into the body to create four grooves.

Attach arms and legsDab the pointed end into the coating and place four candy coated sunflower seeds; one into each groove. Let set completely.

Step 8:

Let’s dip the monkeys! If you find your coating solidifying, place it in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds at 50% power. Give it a good stir to get it fluid and smooth again.

Dip cake popsDip the monkeys by first submerging the head and front side at an angle; flip and dunk the back side. Let the excess drip off. Give it a gentle shake to help the coating glide off and use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles. Place on a cake pop stand and let dry completely.

Step 9:

Melt and thin the white candy coating. You’ll only need a few wafers to add details to the face. Place in a corner of a ziplock bag and snip the tip with some scissors to create a piping bag.

Pipe white on faceAdd an oval to the bottom center and two circles above the oval. While its still wet, use a toothpick to move the coating around to even out the edges if necessary. Pipe coating into the middle of the ears. Let dry completely.

Tip: A paper towel can also be used to “sand” down any bumps once dry.

Step 10:

Using a toothpick and the brown melts, add eye and mouth details.

Monkey cake pop frontFinish by using a toothpick to place brown coating across the chest and add a banana in between the arms.

Monkey cake pop side Monkey Cake pop angle

Kung Hei Fat Choy; or Happy Chinese New Year!

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