I know you're just as excited as I was to see how these turned out. My coworker asked if I could make four dozen cupcakes for their baby shower; two dozen chocolate and two dozen white. I decided to frost 12 of the chocolate and 12 of the white with chocolate frosting, and the remaining of each with vanilla frosting. That way there's a little more variety.
Making the monkeys I knew would be a little difficult due to the shape of the face. So as you can see, to make the face of the monkey, I used a heart cutter and a circle cutter. I then used the same circle cutter on the heart so the circle piece would fit like a puzzle. Magic.
I just used a larger circle cutter for the base of the face then used the inside part of a "6" cutter for the eyes for a more oval shape. For the lighter portion of the ears and the nose, I actually used straws because I didn't have cutters small enough. The inner portion of the ear I used a standard straw (used also for the green "confetti" circle around the actual monkey) and for the nostrils I used a small cocktail straw. Crafty, I know. The smiles were just strands and more circles upon circles. It really wasn't difficult getting the pieces. It was tedious trying to get them to stick considering by the time I was finished cutting all of the pieces, the fondant was drying making it difficult to adhere to the base. Nonetheless, it was about 4 hours of work just doing the fondant, with plenty of breaks to re-hydrate.
Moving on, after frosting, I smushed the monkey on top so the frosting formed a lip around the edge so the green confetti pieces could fit accordingly. Annnnd done.