Because it's the middle of the week, I thought I'd offer up a sugary little pick me up to all of you and tempt you with these fun little Monster Cakes I made for my nephew's first Birthday.

What You'll Need:

3 - 9 inch round baking pans - for a larger cake
2 - 4 inch round baking pans - for a smash cake
No. 233 Multi-Opening Decorating Tip for "hair/grass"
Icing bags
Food coloring (I like the Wilson set)
Lollipop or Cake Pop Sticks (optional for the eyes)
This awesome Monster Party kit by It'sAllAboutKidz

Ingredients (for one monster cake)
2 boxes yellow cake mix (will have some left over if you want to make the smash cake!)
This Icing Recipe

Bake cakes according to package instructions.
While cakes are cooling, follow the recipe above to make the icing BUT WAIT ON ADDING THE EXTRA HEAVY CREAM!
Use a toothpick, dipping it into the food coloring, and add it slowly to the icing until you reach the color you want. If it's still too thick, add a bit more cream so you can mix the icing without a ton of difficulty. You can always add more confectioners sugar to thicken it back up before decorating.

Once cakes have completely cooled (I even like to stick them in the freezer for 10 minutes), use a leveler or knife to remove the "dome" of the cakes so that they lay flat on one another when stacked.
Place your first cake on the serving dish you intend to use and put a layer of icing between it and the next cake layer. Repeat with the third layer. Spread and smooth and thick layer of icing around the sides and top of the cake to completely cover.

Put your icing tip into the icing bag and fill with colored icing. Starting from the middle of the second cake layer, firmly squeeze your icing bag from that point, downward and release it, allowing it to form a layer of hair that lays on the plate. Continue all the way around the cake.

Next, start another "hair layer" from just above the top edge of the cake and let that overlap your first hair layer a bit. Continue around the cake.
Finally, from the very top center of the cake, make your final "hair layer" and let it fall over the second hair layer. Continue around the cake. Fill in any empty spot along the way. And remember, it's a MONSTER! It doesn't have to look perfect!

Place in the refrigerator until about 2 hours before you plan to serve it to keep the icing from melting or shifting.

Attach the Monster eyes to a cake pop stick and push into the center of the cake. For the mouth, I just let it lay against the cake so that it wouldn't mess up the hair. You could also make a fondant mouth, which I originally intended to do. But this was just so much easier!

Here are a few more photos from the Monster Bash!

Monster Party Printables from It's All About Kidz