Super Mario Cake

I had the pleasure of making a Super Mario Brothers cake for Nathan's 7th birthday today. Christine from Icing Smiles contacted me several weeks ago to find out if I'd be willing to make a special cake for a family impacted by the critical illness of a child. I'll mention a few things about my experience with the organization, only because Christine asked me to post in the hopes that this would build awareness of Icing Smiles and encourage other cake artists to participate. I'd never worked with Icing Smiles before, and looked them up online. According to the organization's website, "We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness.  Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child or their sibling that will provide a temporary escape from worry and create a positive memory during a difficult time." Needless to say, I thought it was a wonderful idea, and jumped at the chance to contribute. My interactions with Christine were extremely pleasant, and the organization as a whole struck me as well-organized and professional. Overall, the process was engaging and fun, and I urge fellow bakers/cake designers/pastry chefs to consider working with Icing Smiles, wherever you are in the U.S. (it is a national non-profit organization). 

Nathan's mom told me, during our e-mail correspondence, that he was obsessed with Super Mario Brothers and would love any cake with that theme. So, here it is - a giant mushroom, to serve 30, carved out of white cake with strawberry preserve and white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream filling, with homemade marshmallow fondant covering. The board is decorated with handpainted gumpaste decals of Mario, Yoshi, and Bowser. 

Happy Birthday, Nathan!

Find out more about Icing Smiles here:
Icing Smiles - Website
Icing Smiles - Facebook page
YouTube video about Icing Smiles