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Curious George Celebrates Hispanic Heritage and Latina Moms with a Mother’s Day Surprise

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When given the chance to host a pre screening party of the new episode “Mother’s Day Surprise,” featuring Curious George, I jumped at the chance.  Curious George is one lovable monkey who like our party guests is always curious,  always eager,  always willing to learn. 

The episode highlights Curious George helping his friend Marco celebrate El Día de la Madre, Mother’s Day.   I enjoyed that our kiddos were given a brief introduction into a holiday celebrated in their culture.  The episode promotes the love for a mother, Hispanic heritage and friendship.  For our Curious George party our guests ranging from the age of 3 to 11 feasted on banana smoothies, fresh fruit, banana quesadillas and our Curious George inspired cupcakes.

Curious George continues its 5th season with a brand new Mother’s Day episode celebrating Hispanic heritage and Latina moms.  Premiering Friday, May 6, 2011 on PBS KIDS, “Mother’s Day Surprise” features George helping Marco surprise his Mami with a party. Together, they make a piñata and other festive decorations while Marco’s sister and the Man with the Yellow Hat prepare some of the guest of honor’s favorite foods.  Learn about Hispanic culture and help George and Marco celebrate El Día de la Madre in this special episode of Curious George.

from PBS press release   

Our smallest party guest models here Curious George party plate! Thanks Izzy!

Join us in a Moms celebrating Moms brought to you by Curious George Twitter Party for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificate from Aveda.com

Thursday May 5th

1pm EST / 10am PST


with special guest Dorothea Gillim  Executive Producer at WGBH

Fondant for Curious George found here.

you will need

  • fondant
  • black gel dye
  • pink gel dye
  • brown gel dye
  • rolling pin
  • powdered sugar (just in case the fondant sticks to the surface)


Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Southern Cakes (cupcakes)
by Nancie McDermott

Banana Cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1stick) butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To make the cake, heat the oven to 350 degrees.

(cupcake pan) makes 16 large

Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, and stir with a fork to combine well.

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar, and beat well, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one by one, and then the vanilla. Beat well for 2 to 3 minutes more, scraping down the bowl occasionally, until you have a smooth batter.

Using a large spoon or spatula, stir in half the flour just until it disappears into the batter. Stir in the buttermilk, and then the remaining flour, the same way. Quickly and gently fold in the mashed bananas, and then divide the batter between the 2 cake pans.

Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cakes are golden brown, spring back when touched lightly in the center, and begin to pull away from the sides of the pans.

Cool for 10 minutes in the pans on wire racks or folded kitchen towels. Then turn out onto wire racks or plates to coll completely, top side up.

To make the frosting, in a medium saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and evaporated milk. Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, until the cocoa dissolves into a dark, shiny essence. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at low speed until you have a smooth, thick frosting.

To complete the cake, place one layer, top side down, on the cake plate or serving plate, and spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top. Cover with the second layer, placed top side up. spread the frosting evenly, first over the sides and then covering the top of the cake.

Note: if you don’t have buttermilk, stir 1 1/2 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice into 1/2 cup milk, and let stand 10 minutes.

**I made cupcakes***

Thank you PBS  and Ana Flores of Latina Bloggers Connect for allowing Sweet Life to celebrate Curious George.

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38 Responses to Curious George Celebrates Hispanic Heritage and Latina Moms with a Mother’s Day Surprise

  1. ¡Me encanta!

  2. Ahhh! Absolute cutie pies! What do ya know, I had no idea that Curious George was even still a TV show. It’s neat how they’ve paid homage to culture ;]

  3. My sweet girl just loves Curious George. We may have to try these out this weekend.KB

  4. So cute! One of the birthday parties I did for my daughter was a Curious George party, made a banana cake for that, so fun.

  5. Thanks for passing from my blog and I am happy to have discovered yours. These sweet treats are so creative and the monkey face so cute.

  6. Bonnie, those are the cutest treats ever! You are so creative. :)

  7. Wow. These are really professional. I have a feeling if I tried them, Curious George would look like a monkey mutant. Yours are gorgeous!

  8. Oh my god those are SO cute! And the Curious George episode sounds great…I used to LOVE those books when I was a kid. Good memories.

  9. Bonnie! SO SO SO SO cute!!! I adore Curious George. Standing ovation to you! What fun! It feels so good to be back to the posts and blogging and reading and this is just an inspiration! Well done!

  10. These are the cutest cookies ever.

  11. Okay, these are too cute!! Makes me smile. :)

  12. You are so creative! Any child would be smitten by these cute cookies — almost too cute to eat.


  13. oh these are way too cute!

  14. Oh my, those are so incredibly cute! Love them!

  15. Curious George…I remember when my son was into it…the cakes are so so cute! Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

  16. Je ne connaissais pas curious Georges . Il a une tête très sympathique et doit être très bon à déguster.
    A très bientôt.

  17. darling, super cute… can’t believe these are eatable… you are just to great

  18. Those are so beyond cute. My husband used to love curious george growing up and it is crazy to think he is still around. You know you made a great character when it lives this long through generations! Your cookies are magical- great job

  19. Those are beyond cute!

  20. These are absolutely adorable! You are very talented!

  21. Your curious George cupcakes are so cute. It must be so much fun having themed parties for little ones.
    :-) Mandy

  22. adore George and so does our little one fun party Bonnie

  23. Haha they’re brilliant! I should make these for Mr NQN and his family because they are all monkey crazy.

  24. So cute! I love them.
    Have a great day!

  25. I want to hug those cupcakes. I don’t even care if they stain my shirt.

  26. Super Cute…they can’t help but make me smile!!!

  27. Adorable! When my kids were small, curious george was the only story book character that I enjoyed thoroughly; I miss him now!

  28. These cupcakes are gadorable! So cool. Love themed parties, especially when they focus on one of my favorite holidays :) Well done!

  29. How cute! They look just like the real thing – thanks for sharing!

  30. OMG! These are SOOOO adorable. Makes me want to be 5 years old again. Seriously. ;)

  31. Your cupcakes are adorable!

  32. You never fail to amaze me. Curious George is gorgeous!

  33. So cute! And what a fun theme :D

  34. These are adorable! Curious George is a timeless character; I read many Curious George books to my kids when they were little. While I probably won’t attempt to make his face (I’m not that talented!) the recipe for the cupcakes I will definitely try!

  35. What cute cakes! So lovely. For children and adults alike.



  36. These are too adorable!! Forget giving them to mom (is that bad?), I’d eat them all.

  37. Super Cute!
    I love the tip about not finding buttermilk. Thank you!!

  38. These are precious! What a fun addition to a themed party.

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