Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monkey La La Recipe

Monkey La La is a drink with coconut, vodka, Kahlua and Bailey's. A coworker asked me to recreate the drink in a cupcake, and this is what I came up with....BTW, it's super good.

1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey's Special Dark)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp b powder
1 1/2 tsp b soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
1 cup boiling water (I actually use half coffee/half water)

preheat oven to 350 degrees. This recipe makes approx 28 cupcakes.

Sift all dry ingredients into large bowl (It's a pain to sift b sugar, but it really helps break it up), add all wet except boiling water, mix with electric mixer for 2 minutes on high. Add boiling water and mix until incorporated.

Make sure when you fill you cupcake pan, that you only fill these a little less than 2/3 full, they will make a mess if you fill too full.

Monkey La La mix:
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Bailey's
2 oz cream of coconut or reduced coconut milk
3 oz cream or half and half

Monkey La La buttercream:
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 stick salted butter, softened
pinch salt
5 cups sifted powdered sugar (or more to suit the consistency you want)
2/3 cup of monkey la la mix

Cream butter till lite and fluffy, add the rest of the ingredients and beat until well blended. you can add more powdered sugar if you want too.

with the rest of the monkey la la mix you can put it in a blender with a little ice, and have a little taste of the tropics.....


  1. can i omit the cocoa powder to make a vanilla based monkey la la?

  2. not for this chocolate recipe, try a vanilla based cupcake (I have a few on this site) and sub the liquid for the monkey lala mix. good luck!