I doubt that I could ever duplicate this Mario cake again, but it sure was a fun one to do! My boys all decided that the upcoming 4 year old wanted a Mario Cake for his birthday….and since all my cake ideas come from them, I said “sure thing”! The Mario upper body portion was going to be the most work, so I started with him first. I used white fondant and mixed in Wilton food coloring to get each color that I would need for him and started molding it by hand. He ended up being pretty big and heavy and looking back now, I probably would have wrapped the fondant onto a small Styrofoam ball or something similar for his head.
Once Mario was finished and set aside, my plans were to make a few more characters from the game and stop there…but my boys had other plans. It’s a good thing that I started making these fondant figurines a few days before I was going to bake the cake, because every morning my boys would add someone or something else to the scene of the cake. After they saw Mario finished and I made a couple of goombas, all they could say was “make some coins, make a free life, make a Yoshi Egg, make MORE!! So for the next few days, they gave me the figures they wanted me to try to make, and each night after they went to bed, I tried to make them. Each morning it was the same thing!! After making as many pieces as shown in the pics, I decided that if we tried to make any more to fit on the cake, it would now be falling into that “tacky cake” scenario. So we stopped!
I decorated the cake with butter cream icing tinted blue and added the characters wherever the boys thought they would look the best. The candles were from the grocery store and once I added the eyes to each side of the star with a marker, they fit in with the theme perfectly. I piped in white icing for the clouds and green for bushes…now for Mario on the top. Originally I was going to just have the upper portion of Mario sitting directly on the cake, but my cousin (a 30 year old Mario game playing vet) stated that Mario must be coming out of a warp tunnel…not just on the cake. Thanks to his idea, the plastic container that I had in the Tupperware cabinet was cut, glued and then covered with green fondant and set upon the cake. It actually was a great idea and finished off the cake beautifully!