Super Mario Smash 1up First Birthday smash cake

The mother who ordered this cake was a previous client that had ordered a Dallas cowboy cake for her father’s birthday last year.  Since then, she has become addicted to my cupcakes.  When her son’s first birthday came around, she couldn’t resist getting a cake from me. Unlike most mom’s of one year olds, she didn’t go with the typical theme (like Mickey Mouse, or anything in shades of baby blue).  Oh no, she is way to cool for that, her kid was turning one, so he needed a “1up” birthday cake, Super Mario Brothers style.

Instead of having the smash cake at the traditional first birthday party, she used it for a photo shoot for his 1st birthday photos.

Super Mario Birthday smash cake - by Nicole Jade Photography

Super Mario Birthday smash cake – by Nicole Jade Photography

Nicole Jade Photography took this photo and I love the background and all of the detail. Love it when people include me in their creative celebrations. Here is the 1up Mushroom cake before William got a hold of it.

Super Mario Smash 1up green mushroom cake

Super Mario Smash 1up First Birthday smash cake

Quick background on Super Mario Brothers. Created in 1985 for the Nintendo gaming console and one of the most popular selling games of all time. I even bought the Nintendo DS version for my kids and it was nice to see them loving the game as much as I did as a kid.

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Dr. Suess Birthday Cake & Smash Cake

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of a Dr. Seuss birthday cake would be a tall, whimsical masterpiece with colorful characters and a cake that would tilt and turn towards the ceiling. But, you also have to keep in mind these cakes don’t have an unlimited budget and a 1 yr old has no need for a 6 tier cake that captures the essence of many of these cherished childrens books.

I kept this cake simplified with a 2 tier design that included the unforgettable hat from “Cat in the Hat“, the Lorax & his truffula trees, and the phrase, “Oh the places we will go”. If had more tiers you can bet I would of added some green eggs and ham & more.

This cake was the centerpiece for a book themed party. Instead of asking for presents, all the parents wanted was books for their child, a genius idea! Since most presents are played for briefly and forgotten, books are a longer lasting gift that has numerous positive benefits for a growing mind.

Since Henry was also allergic to eggs, I made the smash cake egg-free, which was more challenging than I thought it would be. Egg beaters are NOT egg substitutes, they are just pasteurized eggs…. so I had to use something else. (To see the differences between gluten-free, dairy free, sugar free and organic click here)

Dr. Seuss birthday cake and smash cake

Dr. Seuss birthday cake and smash cake. Includes the Dr. Suess Hat, the Lorax, and the saying “Oh the Places we will go”!