No More (Modeling Chocolate) Monkeys Jumping on the Bed!

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head!
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

I don’t know about you, but this is probably the first nursery rhyme/ finger play that I can remember. In fact, this rhyme accounts for some of my very first memories of my parents tucking me in at night.

So when our school librarian approached me saying that the author, Eileen Christelow, would be coming to speak at our school and would I please make a cake for her?- I was beyond excited!

The monkeys each are made of modeling chocolate. I know I talk about it all the time- modeling chocolate is SO easy to make and is much more workable than fondant. Take one bag of candy melts, melt them in the microwave, then mix with 1/4 cup corn syrup, put in fridge for a few hours, and it’s ready to go! (Tint the color after you melt but before you mix with corn syrup.)

For these particular monkeys, the arms and legs are stuck in with toothpicks. I attempted to give each monkey a unique pose.

IMG_4242IMG_4243Once the bodies were firm, I used white modeling chocolate to form pajamas. Then I used a food-dye marker to draw on patterns (they match the illustrations in the book!).

IMG_4244  The bed is simply a cake made in a 9×13 pan, cut in half, frosted, with an orange piece of fondant thrown across the top like a blanket. I covered a cake board (that I had already cut into a headboard shape) with brown fondant and stuck it to the cake. Finally, I used the leftover white modeling chocolate to make pillows that I scattered around the bed.

five little monkeys jumping on the bed eileen christelow 2It was such a pleasure to meet Eileen Christelow! She was a wonderful speaker and had our students captivated for the entire assembly. Hearing her speak and watching her draw was like having a piece of my childhood come to life right before my eyes!

What other childhood books do you think would translate nicely into cake? It may be my next series!


9 thoughts on “No More (Modeling Chocolate) Monkeys Jumping on the Bed!

  1. jkatzel

    This is so darling. What a wonderful thing to do for an author. I could see more cakes based on children’s book titles. What a great idea for a child’s birthday cake…based on his or her’s favorite story!
    Goodnight Moon!


  2. Wicked Goodies

    That is a very cute monkey cake! Awesome work with modeling chocolate! I would also love to see your rendition of ‘In the Night Kitchen’ by Maurice Sendak. That and ‘Hansel & Gretel’ are two of my favorite and most influential stories from childhood.


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