Saturday, December 10, 2011

Guest Blog Post - Super Mario Birthday Cake

This is our very first guest blog post! Sadly, Melissa's computer crashed and there wasn't a picture to go with this.

My Son’s Super Mario Birthday Cake

My six-year-old son, Tyler, is a Super Mario fanatic. He would stay up all night playing Super Mario Galaxy on Wii if he could. My husband didn’t make things any easier when he bought a Super Nintendo and started playing the vintage Super Mario games with Tyler. Now they’re both obsessed. For Halloween this year, my husband dressed up as Luigi, and my son dressed up as Mario. They almost convinced me to dress up as Princess Peach, but I thought it would be too over-the-top. Needless to say, my son wanted a Mario themed birthday party for his birthday last month (November). So, we gave him one. Doing so required extensive research of different options of Super Mario cakes and decorative possibilities. We eventually decided to make a Super Mario Cake at home. It actually ended up looking and tasting pretty good, despite my poor baking skills. Here’s how we made the cake:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups unbleached cake flour, sifted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ¾ sticks of butter
  • 3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
2. Then we mixed the ingredients together and baked the cake. Here’s how:
  • First, we set the oven to 350 and mixed the eggs, milk, and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  • Then we mixed all of the dry ingredients and butter in another bowl with an electric mixer for two minutes.
  • Next, we combined the wet and dry ingredients and beat them for around a minute.
  • Finally, we poured the cake batter into two 9” circular cake pans, popped them in the oven, and took them out 30 minutes later. After they cooled, we took the cakes out of the pans and stacked them together.
3. Once our cake base was ready, we started our decorative efforts with icing. We spread regular vanilla icing over the surface of the cake. My husband used red, peach, blue, brown, and white frosting to draw Mario and some red mushrooms on the top of the cake. He used a picture of Mario he printed off the internet to help him with his design. The cake design actually ended up looking pretty good. We could have made the cake fancier overall, but I’m glad we kept it simple, since neither one of us is a culinary or artistic genius.

The cake was a huge hit at the birthday party. The kids loved the design and the homemade funfetti cake. I highly recommend making your child’s birthday special with a themed cake!

Author’s Bio: Melissa is a guest post writer on the subjects of parenting and easy cooking/baking on a time crunch.

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