Banana Bread Shaped like a Banana w/ Duct Tape / Monkey Around Day
Updated: Aug 25
When I was thinking about Monkey Around Day, I thought of bananas, of course!, because monkeys eat bananas. I thought it would be funny to make banana bread in the shape of a banana and then I thought it would be even funnier to make a banana bread in the shape of a banana with duct tape like the Comedian by Maurizio Cattelan that has been in the news lately.
I only learned about Cattelan from the Comedian piece, but as an absurdist, he would probably think banana bread shaped like a banana was funny. It is about the size of a real banana too. Haha! :) After learning more about it's conception and the name, I appreciate the Comedian piece more.
More on the Comedian and Cattelan here:
"Every time he traveled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze, and in painted bronze (before) finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana.”
Duchampian in nature, the ridiculousness of the whole thing is perhaps what it’s all about. There’s a reason it’s called Comedian, after all, a vaudeville reference to slipping on a peel. “The genius of Cattelan’s banana is that it draws out the mainstream media’s suspicion that all contemporary art is a type of emperor’s new clothes foisted on rich people,” Half Gallery owner and art dealer Bill Powers told me when we saw that work together at Basel. “Was it Warhol who said, ‘Art is whatever you can get away with’? Case in point.”
Monkey Around Day
This fun day was created in 2016 by Bob Matthews, of Rochester, NY. Bob is the creator of Holiday Insights. He selected June 14th, in honor of the birthday of his daughter Kimberly. Since she was a little child, Kimberly just loved monkeys and everything about them.
According to Bob: "There is way too much stress in our everyday lives. We need at least one day to set aside our stress, troubles, and worries, and to just relax and monkey around."
My plan was to make a cake pop banana sculpture and make "duct tape" out of fondant. It was pretty fast and easy to make -- faster to make than usual because I used microwave 1 minute cake!
What I used:
- Duncan Hines Microwave Banana Bread (2 packets)
- White chocolate wafers
- Vanilla frosting
(to make cake pop mixture and colored yellow to make the banana)
- Yellow food coloring
- Fondant (leftover that had already been colored grey from my Dinosaur Abduction cake;
- Silver edible paint
Tip: Make cake pops faster (Microwave cake)
I have found that you can use microwave cake to make cake pops. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of cake you use since you mix them with frosting.
I sculpted the cake pop mixture (2 packets with frosting) into a banana shape. Then I covered it with melted yellow chocolate and put it in the fridge to set and harden.
The hardened yellow chocolate casing alone didn't look great, so then I added frosting with yellow food coloring on top. The white chocolate case around the cake pop was helpful because it provided a nice base to to paint on the yellow frosting. So I do recommend doing a white chocolate case around a cake pop -- sort of like a crumb coat of frosting as I mentioned before -- but you don't need to color it yellow since you will cover it with frosting on top.
To make the duct tape, I took some grey fondant I had and painted it silver. I made it about the size of real duct tape. :)
Then I put them together! It turned out better than I thought, haha! :)
Give it a try! We are good at this! :)