Super Mario Brothers Birthday Cake

This was easily the most fun cake I have made to date. For any kid who grew up in the 1980’s, there is undoubtedly a soft spot in your heart for Nintendo and Super Mario Brothers. When an old friend asked about doing a Super Mario Brothers cake for her boyfriend’s 30th birthday, I was giddy. I couldn’t wait to get started. I wanted to depict all of the old, traditional pieces of the original game, but since they play the New Super Mario Brothers game on the Wii I decided to use that scenic backdrop, and I was thrilled with how it turned out.

Can you hear the music? “Do do do, do do do doo do, do do doo!…”

Everything on the cake was created with fondant and edible; I used toothpicks to create the detail on the bricks, coins and turtle and used a black edible marker for the faces and goomba legs. For the star topper, I pre-measured craft wire that I get at Michael’s, so that it would go about 1/3 of the way up the star, and the whole way into the top layer of the cake for support. I cut out the star, brushed on a little water, then gently pressed the wire onto what would be the back. I then cut another star and laid it on top of the wire and gently pressed it into the other star. This sealed them together, and the wire between them, to create a sturdy support for the topper. I let it dry overnight before adding it to the top of the cake before delivery.

A 360-degree look at the cake:

And a confession by yours truly:

I love video games. I own a DS, on which I love to play Super Mario Bros and Pac-Man (I’m so old-school). My Chief Culinary Consultant and I spend lots of time playing his PS3 and Wii. I’m partial to NHL09 (now NHL10), Tiger Woods golf and any of the boxing/fighting games. So there you go – a little glimpse into the non-kitchen world of the Brown Eyed Baker :)

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  1. Tracey on March 23, 2010 at 1:00 am

    You nailed this cake – I love it!! :) If I showed my husband this post he’d be begging me to make this cake for his birthday and there’s no way I could recreate the masterpiece you’ve made here!

    I love video games too though I’m no good at the sports ones…

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  2. AJ on March 23, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Awesome!! Memories of childhood are flooding back! This is a rockstar cake, my friend!

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  3. Mallika on March 23, 2010 at 3:01 am

    What a lovely Birthday Cake! I wish someone could make this for me too. I would feel flattered! :D

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  4. mie on March 23, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Oh, this is my favourite! It’s amazing! But what cake was it? :D

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  5. Becka on March 23, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Oh. My. God.
    That is quite possibly the most amazing thing I have EVER seen!!! I want one!! I don’t think I could bear to cut it though!
    Wow. Just wow!

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  6. Courtney on March 23, 2010 at 7:28 am

    BEST CAKE EVER!! LOL I love this!! :)
    Makes me miss my Nintendo!

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  7. leslie on March 23, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Adorable!!!SUPER SUPER CUTE! My sons wants a Mario cake for his Birthday in a week. But I really dont feel like all the work! So I think spongebob it is!!!

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  8. Katy on March 23, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Love the cake, so cute! The colors are great too!

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  9. Hungry Jenny on March 23, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Wow, this is awesome – whoop whoop! Is it filled with 1-up mushroom goodness inside?

    Hungry Jenny x

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  10. Meghan on March 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Oh my gosh this is so amazing! My husband would totally freak if I made something like this for his birthday – we both love old-school nintendo. You did an incredible job!

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  11. Jen on March 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

    This cake is awesome… you did a fantastic job! Now my husband is going to want me to make this for him.

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  12. shelly (cookies and cups) on March 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I love this! I have to make some Mario Bros. cookies ~ this cake is so cute.
    I’m a tetris girl ;)

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  13. Emily on March 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Did you really only take the Wilton classes to learn how to do all of this? You are awesome! I have the super mario bros music in my head now. ha

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  14. Lauren on March 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Great job on the cake! I remember playing Mario Brothers all the time growing up!

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  15. Maria on March 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    The cake is AWESOME! Nice Job!

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  16. beth on March 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This cake came out so amazing!! I’ve seen a bunch of Super Mario cakes, and this one is my favorite!

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  17. Rach on March 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    As soon as this cake popped up in my reader the theme song started playing in my head!!! HOW CUTE IS THIS CAKE!?!? I love it! I never knew I wanted a Super Mario bday cake- but I do- oh well, I can turn 30 again next year. Fantastic job {Love the fire flowers!!}!

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  18. Natalie (The City Sisters) on March 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I LOVE this cake!! It is just so cool and absolutely perfect! You really did a great job. Oh, and thanks a lot for putting the theme song in my head. My co-workers are going to think I’m nuts today!! Heehee…

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  19. Tracy on March 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

    LOVE this! Absolutely perfect. :-)

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  20. Rebecca on March 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

    That is so “Super” Cute! Ha, I crack myself up…but truly, the coolest gaming cake I’ve seen!

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  21. jaclyn@todayslady on March 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I love this!!! Such a great idea! I love nintendo and we actually just bought an original super nintendo system from a used video game store! Its so fun!

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  22. Jade on March 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Fabulous!! That was my favorite game as a kid. You did a great job capturing the game in cake. Love it.

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  23. Tiffany on March 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Wow!! Nice job. I need to up my game because I think my husband would love a cake like this too. Now I have the song stuck in my head…do do doooo do do do do…..

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  24. Katie on March 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

    WOW Chelle!! That is beyond impressive! Every simple piece of the decoration is just perfect! And the Mario bros themselves are stunning!!!

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  25. Cookin' Canuck on March 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Awesome job! I absolutely love the detail you included on this cake.

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  26. Jeanne on March 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I absolutely love this cake! I was just thinking about Super Mario Bros the other day, I used to play it all the time! Your cake is just perfect.

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  27. annie on March 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Amazing cake…. you’re very creative. What kind of cake did you make and what filling did you use?

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  28. Lauren on March 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    This is AWESOME! I luuuuurve Super Mario Brothers, though I must say that I am partial to the 3rd one on original Nintendo. Level 7 was SO HARD! This cakes looks uh-may-zing.

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  29. Hot Polka Dot on March 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    That cake is awesome! I’m also a bit of a Nintendo geek myself. I love playing Wii games with my family like Mario Kart and Wii Sports. I was never allowed to have a game system while I was growing up so I guess I’m making up for it now.

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  30. Bob on March 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    That is frigging awesome. Heh, I think I need to bust out my SNES and play some Super Mario World now. :D

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  31. Allison on March 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I love this cake! I’ll definitely have to file this idea away for my husband’s 30th birthday in two years…he’s a Mario lover as well.

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  32. Katrina on March 23, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I want this cake SO BAD! This is awesome!

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  33. LilSis on March 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

    This is an ADORABLE and beautifully decorated cake! I grew up in the Mario days and now my 16 year old son is playing Mario on the Wii!! Such a classic!

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  34. kristan roland on March 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Who doesn’t love Mario? Good job, cake looks awesome!!

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  35. Danielle on March 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I have SMBro. for the Wii and it’s awesome! Brings back many of the traditional pieces of the original…

    anyways, the cake is amazing!

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  36. Jacquie on March 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    That’s so cute! You definitely captured the whole game there- it reminds me of when I first moved to Maryland. I didn’t have older brothers or anything so I never knew about it until I moved and my friends had it. LOVE it!

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  37. Christina on March 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    This is the best cake ever! Great job!

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  38. Elle on March 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake! I’m still a Mario fan–and my 2 sons are obsessed, too. They’d love a cake like this–you did an amazing job!

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  39. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

    HOLY YUM! what an awesome cake. i think i need it. now :)

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  40. bridget {bake at 350} on March 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

    That is so fun!!! My kiddo is very impressed…telling me about all of the elements on the cake. :)

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  41. gaga on March 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my, that’s adorable!

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  42. Kelly on March 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Wow, fabulous blast from the past. Great job!

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  43. Barbara on March 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    My 13-year-old son says, “That’s a really cool cake!” Mario crosses all age barriers!

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  44. the wicked noodle on March 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    WOW! Amazing job!

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  45. Nic on March 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Mario cakes always make me happy. They lend themselves so easily to fondant. Very cute!

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  46. Erin on March 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    You did such an amazing job with this cake! It looks wonderful!

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  47. Married to an Aussie in OK on March 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    OMG! Dude! I love it!

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  48. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on March 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Wow… The cake looks amazing! Mario was always one of my favorite games, too… Lots of fun.

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  49. linda on March 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    this is just AMAZING!
    btw: i baked your espresso & coffee layered cheesecake with the ganache topping & it was a delight to bake…& super YUM!
    the recipe was just perfect…thanks!! :)

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  50. Fuji Mama on March 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    K, this has to be one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever seen! My husband would go berserk over this. LOVE that the star says “30 up!” Too awesome!

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