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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Oh Brother! Two Crazy Custom Birthday Cakes!!!

This is a warning.  The birthday cakes you are about to see came from the brains of babes.  They’re a little out-there, a little odd, even a little schizophrenic! 😉 But most of all these babies were CUSTOM!!!

A couple of weeks ago I met with a new friend of mine, the lovely Mrs. Kimberly Hobbs, owner of Cafe Liquid in Niceville Florida,  at [gasp] Starbucks.  We were meeting to discuss birthday cakes for both of her sons, J who’s 11 and C who’s 7, and boy-oh-boy, do these boys know what they like, well except for Mr. C– he likes EVERYTHING!!!

J was a little more organized.  He wanted to incorporate three of his favorite interests:  the University of Alabama, Tae kwon do (he has a camo belt), and reading, specifically his 3 favorite books– Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon (I didn’t realize that was a book! Lol), and The 39 Clues.  So I thought a cake with sculpted books for a base with a 2nd tier featuring Alabama and Tae kwon do would be pretty easy to accomplish without looking too crazy.  With a plan in mind for a Alabama/Tae kwon do/book enthusiast cake, I turned to hear what C wanted.

But Mr. C, he wanted a little bit of everything on his cake.  First, he also wanted to incorporate Tae kwon do (he too has a camo belt), along with Super Mario Brothers, How to Train your Dragon, and Lego Star Wars….. whew!  Oh and when his brother said University of Alabama, Little C started telling me what sports team he wanted, too!  I tried, I really did, but I couldn’t figure out how to put all that stuff on one cake without it landing me on Cake Wrecks!  So I got C to narrow it down to a figure of Toothless in Mario Land wearing a Tae kwon do belt.  And yes, I do know how crazy it sounds, but the resulting Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)/Super Mario Brothers cake was adorable!  🙂

These boys also knew exactly what they wanted when it came to the flavors of their cakes.  Since they were both getting 2 tier cakes, they wanted a different flavor for each tier.  C wanted triple chocolate and vanilla, and J, who polled his friends LOL, wanted triple chocolate and strawberry.  Since there was an issue with red dye allergy, I made a fresh strawberry cake with a strawberry buttercream filling!  YUM!

In the end, I loved the cakes.  They were so original, and really represented each boy so well.  I hope they loved them as much as I loved making them!

tae kwon do alabama books birthday cake

Custom Tae kwon do, Alabama, and book enthusiast birthday cake

Alabama books birthday cake

The "ring" was from the book "The Lord of the Rings"

Close up of books birthday cake

A close up of the sculpted "books"

Toothless in Mario land birthday cake

Toothless with his Tae kwon do belt in Mario Land birthday cake

Toothless cake close up

Close up of sculpted Toothless

Aerial shot of Toothless Mario Land cake

Aerial shot of Toothless cake 🙂