Today is my husband Nolan’s birthday. He’s pretty neat. He wouldn’t let me tell you this if I asked permission, so I’m not asking… He is the person who makes all my creative projects and decorating work. I have the initial vision, but he is the one who always comes up with the detail that makes it great. He’s a civil engineer and incredibly smart and good with numbers, but he’s also really good at knowing how much I should tilt an antique cookbook, or how to balance the décor on my mantle, or even when to not make a wreath too full. I love this guy.
Because I love him so much, I wanted to make him an extra special birthday cake. The guy loves video games. But he calls himself a social gamer because he finds just as much joy in watching someone else play as playing himself. So I thought it would be fun to make him a Super Mario Brothers themed birthday cake.
The green mushroom is 1 Up, another life, so that seemed fitting considering he’s going 1 up with his age (29!).
He had asked for a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, so I tinted the frosting. The top is two shades of green like the different hills in the game. The question mark box has a brick box on either side (you never know if they hold coins or not!).
I did “bricks” around the sides.
I forgot to pick up blue dye at Joann’s while getting my other cake decorating supplies, and Safeway was all out of food coloring while I was there, so I had to use a package of blue cookie icing. I ran out of cream cheese frosting, so I couldn’t thicken it up at all, so it ran and dripped all down the back of the cake. The green mushrooms slowly slid down as the day wore on. Nolan said it was fitting with the game, after all, it never stays still and you have to catch it. What a sweet guy.
Happy Birthday Nolan!
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