Sock Monkey Birthday Cupcakes

I love how old things some how become new again!! As a child I remember Sock Monkeys, I don’t remember ever owning one, but I do remember seeing them.

So when my niece told me she was using a Sock Monkey theme for her son’s Birthday, I immediately started thinking of how I could help. You see, they live in Oklahoma, so I won’t be able to attend the party, but I still wanted to help out, if I could.

And…Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake {once again} came to my rescue! She created some absolutely adorable cupcake wrappers and toppers for the Birthday Party. Now, all I had to do was come up with some cupcakes and frosting. Since monkey’s {and most humans} love bananas, what better cupcake flavor than banana!

Aren’t they the cutest EVER? Even though these are virtual cupcakes…I’m so excited to share them with my niece and her son!!

Happy Birthday Noah!!!

I’m just so proud of my niece and her amazing little squishy!! I just wish I lived closer to celebrate the big day with them!

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:

Cupcakes: {adapted from Food Network} recipe makes 12-18 cupcakes

  • 1 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnute, chopped, optional


Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the sour cream and vanilla, mix well. Add the eggs one at a time. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well, but be careful not to over mix. Fold in the bananas and walnuts.

Tip: if your bananas are not “over-ripe” simply place them in the microwave for about 1 minute to soften them. Be careful when removing them, they will be very hot. Chunk them and mash them in the food processor or by hand.

Divide batter into cupcake liners, bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1-2 tablespoon Milk


Beat cream cheese until fluffy, gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with a little milk at a time until desired consistency. Add spices to taste.


Monkey Cupcakes:

Because I know you are simply dying to know how to make these…


  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate frosting {store bought or homemade}
  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • M&M’s {I used light blue from the Easter bag}
  • Black Frosting
  • Red Frosting
  • Decorator bags
  • #1 and #3 round tips
  • Small star tip for hair

Putting these cute little Monkeys together are really easy…

  1. Frost cupcake with chocolate frosting. Cut off 1/3 of a  mini vanilla wafer and place on cupcake
  2. Cut a Nutter Butter cookie in half, add to cupcake for ears
  3. Add M&M’s for eyes
  4. Add eyes using a #1 round tip with black. And mouth using a #3 round tip with red. Add hair with chocolate frosting using a small star tip

Bakers Tip: Use a serrated knife to cut the cookies, and carefully “saw” them.

Here is a closer look at how I did the faces…

And now for the printables…

Head on over and visit Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake!! She has these adorable wrappers, toppers and even some invitations in her Etsy Shop!

I decorated them with blue sugar, yellow sprinkles and small candy bananas.

And, in case you are wondering…I found the Sock Monkey at Target. The Monkey Cupcakes were inspired by the Taste of Home Fun Food Magazine.

I’m linking to…Weekend WrapUp Party, Saturday Night Special, Get Your Craft On, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Ultimate Recipe Swap, Ingredient Spotlight



  1. Kim says:

    I LOVE this! I’m making squishy’s smash cake for his birthday and these cupcakes are AMAZING!! Can’t wait to taste one.

    You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

    • CupcakeLady says:

      I’m just tickled with how they turned out. I bet your cake is going to be amazing! Can’t wait to see pictures from the party.
      Have fun! So glad you lke the cupcakes ;-)

  2. Anne says:

    These are just darling. So very crafty.

  3. Sue says:

    That little Noah is darling, and so are your monkey cupcakes!

  4. Kat Taylor says:

    I have done something very close to your monkeys before. Only I used the mini nutter butters, for smaller ears.

    check them out…

    close-ups on some can be found on my flickr as well.

    Love your work as always!
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  5. Jessica says:

    Oh those look so cute and sound really yummy too!

  6. Kristen says:

    Oh that picture of your nephew in that hat brought a huge smile to my face. What a cutie and what great cupcakes. Good job!
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  7. Jammie says:

    Woohoo… I got this wonderfully fun little package in the mail!!! I’ve got the first batch of cupcakes in the oven. While they are baking, I’ll be cutting out cupcake toppers! :-)

  8. The cupcakes are almost as cute as your niece’s son! When I was pregnant for my little guy, I made him a sock monkey. Bookmarking this for sure!

  9. Claire says:

    Love these! I am a sock monkey fanatic! Thanks for such a cute idea. I’m gonna share with other sock monkey fans on FB!

  10. Claire says:

    Seriously, these are amazing!

  11. Kendra says:

    love that you posted this–I am a sock monkey fan and seriously think I can make them

  12. What cute little monkeys.So quick and simple to do,- not too complicated. . This is a very clever cupcake design. Love it.
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  13. kathryn says:

    I love the nutter butter ears! so cute. I just had my sons birthday party. thes ideas are great.

    new follower,
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  14. Lolly Jane says:

    OH my goodness too darn cute! Would love for you to link this up :)

    Lolly Jane

  15. Gina says:

    Cute cupcakes! I love the idea of making a banana cupcake too.

    Your nephew is absolutely adorable.

  16. Dusty says:

    How cute! I’ll have to keep these in mind for my son’s birthday later this year!
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  17. Jami says:

    OH NO!!! THESE are the CUTEST cupcakes EVER!!! If you can find the time, I’d love for you to stop by and share this at the Tuesday To Do Party.

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  18. Megan says:

    These are adorable!!! I know a little girl who would go ape over these. ;)

  19. lisa says:

    Just happened to find these today when I was looking for sock monkey ideas. Very cute!

  20. LubbyGirl says:

    I love this – gotta share it with my friend, who has little ones she loves to bake for. And with my hubby, who has a wife he loves to bake for. I found this through Eat At Home, in their Highlights from Ingredient Spotlight: Bananas, and had to look around your site a bit.
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