Monkey Cake

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monkey-breadThis is a fun snack to make and eat, especially for beginning cooks.  This is also a great way to keep the kids busy during summer break. 

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

3 cans of refrigerated biscuits with at least 6 biscuits per pack. I like to use the packs with at least 10 biscuits in them

1/2 cup white sugar

3 t. cinnamon

 Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball.  Mix the cinnamon and sugar together well in a bowl. Roll each ball into the mixture
until the ball is well coated.  Put each ball in layers on an angel food pan.

Mix the following ingredients together:

1/2 cup of sugar

1 stick of melted margarine

Pour the ingredients over the dough balls.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until brown.

Most kids like to eat the monkey cake by pulling individual dough balls off the cake.  You can also cut slices of the cake so they can eat it that way.  When I make monkey cake for my large family, I usually triple the recipe!  I have to tell you that the cake gets eaten fast.

For variety, you can add nuts such as pecans or walnuts to the mix.  You can also add raisins too.  I’ve used nutmeg instead of cinnamon.  Experiment to see which variety your children like best.

Why do they call this recipe “monkey cake”? Folk lore says because eating the cake makes one look like a monkey.  Monkey cake is also known as “gorilla cake”, “pluck it cake”, or “ape bread”.  The original recipe first appeared in cookbooks in the 1950’s.

Why do you think they call it “monkey cake“? 



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