Monkeying-Around Cake

8  Ratings
  • 50 min prep
  • 3 hr 20 min total
  • Makes 16 servings, 1 piece (112 g) each.

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Monkeying-Around Cake Recipe


  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 4-1/2 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • Nilla Vanilla Wafers
  • 2 Mini Oreo Cookies
  • 1 piece black string licorice


  • Heat  oven to 350ºF. Prepare cake batter as directed on package; pour into greased and floured 2-L ovenproof glass bowl. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool cake in bowl 15 min.; invert onto wire rack. Cool completely.
  • Beat  pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Add peanut butter; beat until well blended. Stir in Cool Whip. Cut cake horizontally in half; place flat layer on plate. Frost with half the pudding mixture; cover with remaining cake half, rounded-side up. Spoon remaining pudding mixture into resealable plastic bag; refrigerate with cake until ready to use.
  • Bring  cream just to boil in small saucepan on low heat. Add chocolate; cook until melted, stirring constantly. Cool 10 min. Meanwhile, dip edges of wafers in glaze; place on plate. Let stand until glaze is firm. Spread remaining glaze onto cake.
  • Make  2 small cuts in top of cake; insert wafers in cuts for the monkey's ears. Refrigerate 30 min.
  • Cut  corner off 1 bottom corner of bag of pudding mixture; use to pipe pudding mixture onto cake for the monkey's mouth and into mound on top of head as shown in photo. Cut 6-inch length from licorice; place on cake for mouth. Cut remaining licorice piece in half; add to cake for the nostrils. Split Oreo Cookies in half; place icing-covered halves on cake for the eyes. Discard remaining Oreo halves or reserve for snacking. Keep cake refrigerated.

Recipe Tips

Special ExtraAdd banana slices to the base of the cake for some fruity fun.

Size-WiseSweets can add enjoyment to a balanced diet, but remember to keep tabs on portions.


Nutrition Information

Makes 16 servings, 1 piece (112 g) each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 350 
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Sodium 410 mg
  • Carbohydrate 38 g
  • Dietary fibre 2 g
  • Sugars 23 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Vitamin A 6 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 8 %DV
  • Iron 15 %DV