How To Make A Mario Cake For A Super Birthday

How To Make A Mario Cake For A Super Birthday

Whether your little one is a Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach or Yoshi fan, this step by step guide to make a Super Mario cake is a must-read for anyone holding a Super Mario birthday party.

Decorative birthday cakes are all the rage, however, ordering a custom birthday cake can get pretty pricey so why not get your kids involved and make your own? We've got plenty of birthday cake ideas, ranging from our super simple football cake, to a more complex camera cake!

Super Mario cake ideas are everywhere, and we've kept ours simple with an outline of the infamous Nintendo star Super Mario! Covering everything from how to make the perfect vanilla cake to tips and tricks for awesome Super Mario Bros decoration ideas, we can almost guarantee your Super Mario birthday party will be one of the best yet.

What You Need

How To Make A Mario Cake For A Super Birthday

For The Big Cakes: 225g self-raising flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 4 medium eggs, 225g soft margarine, 225g caster sugar, 6 drops vanilla extract, 2 tsp milk.

For The Small Cupcakes: 120g butter, softened, 120g caster sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 120g self-raising flour.

For The Icing: 100g milk chocolate, 200g butter, softened, 400g icing sugar, 5 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp milk.

Plus: Ready to roll fondant icing in red, black, blue, white, brown and a skin colour tone.


This awesome Super Mario cake takes around two to three hours to make and you should get around 12-20 slices so there will be enough cake for everyone. Kids can get involved with the process of making all the cakes, kids aged three and above will love getting involved! Or if you've got older ones with a keen eye for design, let them help roll out the fondant and shape and cut the more intricate features.

For The Big Mario Bros Cake:

1) Start by pre-heating your oven to 160C, gas mark 4.

2) Grease and lightly flour your two cake tins or, if you prefer, use greaseproof paper to line them.

3) Using a sieve, sift the self-raising flour (225g) and baking powder (2 tsp) into a large mixing bowl.

4) Then add your remaining ingredients into the bowl one at a time: four eggs, 225g soft margarine, 225g caster sugar, six drops of vanilla extract and  2 tsp milk.

5) Beat until they are thoroughly mixed and a cake batter has formed.

6) Split evenly across the two tins making sure to spread the batter out till it's smooth.

7) Bake for half an hour to 35 minutes, checking it at 30 minutes by poking a clean skewer in the middle.

8) Let the cakes cool in the tins for around 10 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool down fully ready for Super Mario Bros decorations!

For The Cupcakes:

1) Preheat your oven to the same temperature and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

2) Cream 120g of softened butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture becomes pale.

3) Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl using a fork and then mix them into the butter mixture along with one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

4) Fold in 120g of flour into the mixture, adding small drops of milk at a time until the mixture is of dropping consistency.

5) Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

6) Leave to cool and then place on a wire rack ready to be part of your Super Mario Bros cake!

For The Icing:

1) Melt 100g of chocolate in the microwave, stirring at 30-second intervals until it has melted and then leave it to cool for five minutes.

2) Mash the butter and icing sugar together first with a fork before using an electric whisk to combine until creamy.

3) Stir in the cocoa powder and pour in the melted chocolate before adding a pinch of salt, then mix again till smooth.


How To Make A Mario Cake For A Super Birthday

1) To assemble your Super Mario Birthday Cake, take one of your large cakes and cut a crescent shape out of it to make Mario's hat. Place that above the other large cake.

2) Cut one cupcake in half and use either side as ears for your Super Mario face and place one cupcake in the middle of the face to form your Super Mario nose. Stick the cupcakes down using your buttercream.

3) Cover your entire birthday cake in chocolate buttercream and then roll out your skin colour fondant until it is bigger than your cake.

4) Whilst the birthday cake is still wet drape over the skin colour fondant whilst gently smoothing it down and then trim away any excess.

5) Print off a template of Mario's face and then cut and roll out the coloured fondant accordingly and place on his face.

How To Make A Super Mario Cake Topper

If you don't feel like making Mario from scratch, another simple but still effective way of customising your Super Mario birthday cake is by making your very own cake topper for your Super Mario cakes!

You'll Need: Ready to roll red and white fondant, squeezy black icing and a little water.

1) Firstly, print out a template of Mario's red hat ( you should be able to find one online) and then blow it up to a similar size of the cake (we recommend around 15cm).

2) Then using the template, lay the coloured fondant on top and carve out the individual shapes.

3) After you've got all your individual components of Mario's hat, stick them down on top of your cake.

4) Once your Mario hat is firmly stuck down, you could even go round it with some squeezy black icing, outlining it to make it look super animated and cool! And there you have it, your very own Mario figure made of fondant!

Tips And Recommendations

If you don't have any coloured fondant to hand, you could always use buttercream on your Super Mario cake. Follow the same recipe, just without the cocoa and added food colouring!

If you would like to make a vegan or gluten-free version of this Mario birthday cake, you could always swap out butter for a vegan friendly spread and flour for gluten-free flours such as almond flour.

You can also freeze this cake for up to a month. Cut the cake into portioned slices before freezing, that way, it's really easy to take a few slices out of the freezer and defrost them as opposed to defrosting the entire rest of the cake!



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