We opted not to make a sock monkey shaped cake, but instead a two tiered primary colored cake with two smash cakes with sock monkeys on them for the boys. Here's how it turned out:
And here is a close up of the smash cakes:
Each smash cake was a block with the first letter of their names on the sides and a sock monkey on top in a different color.
The boys may be identical twins, but they are as different as can be! Wyatt was neater than his brother and wasn't such a fan of the whole experience after a bit. His brother Garrett on the other hand, took the concept of "smash cake" to a whole new level!
Dude...you gonna eat that?
Wyatt preferred to share his cake with the dog!
What's everybody looking at?
All in all, it was pretty fun. I think I will post a tutorial later on how to do argyle patterns in buttercream, but I need to tweak my method a bit first. There weren't any problems in terms of executions with this cake, just some timing issues thanks to a wee little person who felt that they didn't need to go to bed, lol. Such is the life of a parent of a toddler!