What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Shara's Birthday Cake - 2015

Saturday was my birthday.  My birthday cake is a big deal to me.  It's not that I am conceited and want things to be all about me, because trust me, things are never all about me.  But, as the person that buys all the food and prepares all the food, I guess having someone else make something JUST FOR ME is a pretty big thing.  Also, seeing SHARA on something and not MOM or DEAR, is a plus. My Mom, God love her, always plans out a cake for me and orders it for me.  It is always white cake with real buttercream frosting.  I like pink - so there is usually pink.  

Let's take a stroll back through time to visit the cakes of the past:

Then there was the year we decided green might be fun.

It was.  Until the next day.  IF you know what I'm saying.  And, I know you DO!

Of course, we cannot forget the ONE year that The Breadman conspired with The Bean and decided that I needed a cupcake cake in the shape of a cute, happy monkey - maybe a little like Curious George.  Sweet, cute and happy.  



At least they got my name right?

Although that cake is super famous on Cakewrecks and has garnished me a lot of blog followers and a bit of "fame" per say.  So, it was really one of my best cakes even though it was truly terrifying.  

So, this year, I decided I wanted a plain white Coconut Cake.  Not plain - triple layer with coconut buttercream and coconut custard in between the layers.  Oh My Lanta - it was gooooooood.  But, since it came pre-made, it couldn't be decorated.  Luckily, SOMEONE had just purchased over 1,000 cake decorations that week.  So, I plucked a few from the bag and placed them on the cake.

So, now it is with great delight, I present to you......Shara's 2015 Birthday Cake.


One big ass Ballerina, a boombox, a musical note, Charmander and two rifles.  Oh, and a PINK "Happy Birthday" to keep it classy.  

I really think the rifles made it.  

This concludes the Annual Cake Walk.  

Thank you for coming.  


  1. LOL!!! Love the decorations. Yes. I think the rifles made the cake. 8+)

  2. Happy birthday great cake walk but I have to say I would love the cupcake the most as it was done by hand by people who love me.

    1. This was a WalMart cake - the boys just asked for a Curious George looking cake and this is what they got when they picked it up.

  3. HAHA that monkey cake was truly awful. Loved how you decided to make a little joke of this year's cake. :)

  4. Charmander on your birthday cake? You totally ROCK! Totally. Hope it was happy, happy, happy, HAPPY!

    PS It's okay to be conceited on your birthday.

  5. Happy Belated Birthday, Shara! I was camping this last weekend and went to see Luke Bryan on Saturday. So I was celebrating for you!!


  6. All I can say is that it is quite memorable. Happy belated Birthday!

  7. Adding a Happy Belated Birthday wish too!! This year's cake is a tribute to your many interests. A visit here is always a treat Shara :)

  8. Happy birthday Shara! I am a librarian and we have the book with your monkey cake in it on our library shelves all the way here in Indiana. So you are famous in several states!

  9. Love your cake walk and this years was extra special with the guns!

  10. Happy belated Birthday Shara. I always think of a yeti or bigfoot when I see that older birthday cake. The rest of those cakes look great. I hope you had a great day.

  11. Happy Birthday Shara, I love when you have a birthday cake reveal...but I don't think any of your cakes will ever beat your monkey cake. I hope you had a wonderful day.

  12. Love it! Happy birthday to you!

  13. Happy belated birthday Shara! Love the trip down memory cake lane but this years cake..,guns, ballerina, Charmander? The best. But physcho monkey is one for the books, literally!

  14. Happy belated birthday! Love this year's cake... Perfectly decorated..guns and ballerinas. Perfect!

  15. Happy Late Birthday! I love your cake. Perfect decorations!

  16. A little late on your birthday, Shara...but Happy Birthday anyway! I didn't catch it when I saw the cake on IG. I feel so scatterbrained these days!


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