Pepper’s Party Pastries

No birthday at the Zoo goes unnoticed by Chef Yohn, and Pepper the orangutan’s 40th birthday was no exception. Even though Zoo Fans had to celebrate virtually with Pepper and her best friend Schnitz this year, Chef Yohn, Sous Chef James and Pepper’s Zoo Keepers went above and beyond to make this sassy orangutan feel special. What better treat for a birthday than with cupcakes!

Head over to the Zoo’s Facebook to rewatch all the action after you check out the recipe below!

 Pepper’s party pastries

(Makes approximately 12 cupcakes)



• 2 cups of your preferred primate biscuit powder, Chef Yohn used Mazuri Primate Browse biscuits and Mazuri Banana biscuits, broken down in a food processor

• 1/2 cup of oats

• 1 1/4 cup of non fat, plain yogurt

• 3/4 cup of water

• 1 Tbsp of Honey

• 1/4 cup non fat, plain yogurt

• 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


Step 1: Pre heat the oven at 375°F.

Step 2: Mix batter ingredients well to a dough like consistency.

Step 3: Put batter in cupcake cups and bake for 40 minutes. Cook longer for firmer cake.

Step 4: Blend icing ingredients well until a thick, icing-like consistency.

Step 5: Place icing on cupcakes and enjoy!