Thursday, June 5, 2014

Super Mario Bros. Mini Cakes

by Darla

Super Mario Bros. Mini Cakes from BakingdomI made Super Mario Bros. cakes! I could probably just stop right there, say no more, and it doesn’t matter. Because Super Mario Bros. cakes.

These are kind of my Father’s Day tribute this year, because when I was a kid, we got the original Nintendo system when it first came out, and my dad absolutely loved to play Super Mario Bros. He totally beat the entire game before any of us kids did, and we were always Player Two to his Player One.

The original Nintendo system came out right around the same time my dad was first diagnosed with his illness, shortly before he was forced to retire early, due to medical reasons. Silly as it may sound, I have no doubt that he took comfort in losing himself in the running and jumping to rescue the princess. The repetitiveness, and maybe even monotony, was probably a great distraction from the fears that come tied to terminal illnesses.

I’ll always have happy memories of coming home from school and taking turns with my sisters to play Super Mario Bros. with my dad before he got too sick to spend as much time doing things like that. Back when dying in the game meant starting over again all the way from the beginning until you had every last coin, brick, power-up, and pipe memorized long before you finally finished the level, slid down the flagpole, and ran into the castle that waited.

We eventually graduated to a Super Nintendo, and then on to Sega game systems and PlayStations, but for me, there will never be another game like this one…and that means it deserves cake.

I’ve kind of been wanting to make these cakes forever. I used my mini tiered cake pan, obviously, because that pan makes happy happen (really, reallyit does).

The decorations are pretty simple: Mario Bros. pipe green-colored fondant on the top tier, brick orange for the middle, and black and blue bricks from the underground pipe world for the bottom tier. The brick design from the game is ridiculously simple, and easy to recreate, and I added some green lines to the pipes to match the 8-bit shading from the game.

Super Mario Bros. Mario Cake from BakingdomI had initially planned to top the cakes with cake bite piranha plants, but I really wanted to represent the characters, so instead, I printed out a simple 8-bit Mario, in his jumping pose, of course, and glued him to a candy stick.

Super Mario Bros. Piranha Plant Mini Cake from BakingdomI still couldn’t resist the piranha plant, though. :)

Super Mario Bros. Luigi Mini Cake from BakingdomAnd then there’s this guy. Luigi holds a special place in my heart, because I’m the youngest. That means that I was absolutely always Luigi when my sisters and I would play. I used to hate it, but I grew really fond of poor, neglected Luigi, and now appreciate him very much. Plus, green and white suit me much better than red and brown. ;)

Super Mario Bros. Cakes Game-Over from BakingdomI hope you guys like my simple little tribute to one of my favorite childhood games. Give them a try! Plus, if you’re not crazy about fondant, these would be really easy to recreate with buttercream.


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina June 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I looooooooooooooove these!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Heather June 5, 2014 at 11:47 pm

OMG, sis!!! These are amazing!!!! I love love love them!’nn


3 Andrea R June 6, 2014 at 4:47 am

Love these! Super Mario Bros makes me think of my brother Brian.


4 heather June 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Darla, I am so in love with these cakes! Such sweet memories. And that little gif at the end – beyond!


5 Cecily June 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

These are so great. I love them.


6 PeggyF June 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

They look awesome! You are really getting some use out of that 3 tiered pan – I’ve never seen it used in such ways before. Makes me think I could buy one and actually use it more than once. :) Great job!


7 Jaime June 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I’m glad you’re back! I’ve missed your posts!


8 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 7, 2014 at 5:33 am

Amazing! I actually thought there was something wrong with my computer screen resolution for a second looking at the mario toppers.


9 Bernadette June 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm

A sweet story for you to share along with your beautiful treats, Darla–to dad!


10 Nadja June 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Omg, I love this!


11 Nicole June 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Girl these look amazing. I am always impressed by your creations!


12 Texy Vera June 19, 2014 at 1:38 am

Congratulations, its a great job!!!


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