Friday, August 6, 2010

Super Mario Bros Cake (and Oreo IMBC Recipe)


A birthday cake for Rowen who wanted Bowser, Mario, Luigi and Goomba's and this is what I came up with to pull it all together.  My crazy story behind  the idea - Bowser's Castle with Bowser chasing the Bros while they were running away trying to catch the stars and jump into the Pipe.

Bowser was the hardest and most time consuming of the characters to make; so many pieces!  All hand cut and put together piece by piece, layer by layer.  He took 2 hours but I loved how he turned out...grrrr! 

Mario's and Luigi's outline was cut out of fondant then I lightly engraved in all the details and painted in all the features.

The Goomba's were put together from 3 seperate pieces (feet, legs, head).  Each piece was left to dry for 1 day before assembling it together.

I made the bricks by using "Duff Brick Texture Tile" bought at Michael's (with my 40% off coupon - whoo hoo).  It made it so easy to create instant tiles that worked perfectly with the cake.

And Rowen's name was made using the Wilton Alphabet Cutterwhich fit perfectly over the brick blocks.  Plus I added 6 gold coins around the cake since he was turning 6 (I used a flower tip impressed in the middle of each coin to give it some dimension).

Rowen loved his cake and so did I!  I hope you do too :)

Lesson learned:  Make extra Goomba's, at least one per guest - the kids all wanted to eat one and I only had 4...ay yay yay!

8" round Chocolate Sour Cream Cake filled with Oreo IMBC.  Covered and decorated in MMF.

Oreo IMBCMake your usual IMBC or Buttercream, set aside.  Take Oreo Cookies, break them apart, scrape off the cream filling and set the filling aside. Crush the oreo cookies (without the cream center) in a blender or chopper (I used a Magic Bullet). Take about a third of your buttercream (enough to fill and thinly crumb coat the cake with) and fold the crushed cookies into the buttercream. For the actual filling that goes between the cake layers, I mixed the cream filling from the middle of the cookies into it (so that it won't go to waste ). Spread the oreo buttercream filling over the cake layer, sprinkle with additional crushed cookies if you want, and top with another cake layer. Repeat between the layers.  Cover the entire cake with the rest of the oreo buttercream.  Add another layer of plain buttercream over that then top with fondant (this way, any chunks from the oreo won't show through to the fondant).

I do the same technique with fresh strawberries blended into the buttercream/IMBC. You can pretty much add anything to it and just be sure to save some aside plain to use as the final coating over the cake if you want to cover it with fondant.

23 comments:

  1. This cake is amazing!!! :) Alot of work but great!! You do an amazing job on the characters!!

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  2. Thanks Tanisha! Yeah, I do love recreating characters, they're so much fun to make.

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  3. I have a question for you, i'd love to try and make the filling for this cake, so is it just IMBC with crushed OREOs in it? Or how is it made? It sounds very delish and i'd love to make it for my son's b-day which is around the corner. Thanks.

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  4. I added the Oreo IMBC recipe to the bottom of the post. I just eye the amount of oreo cookies. For this particular cake, an 8" round, I used 1/4 bag of Oreo Cookies.

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  5. Do you paint fondant with regular gel colors mixed with alcohol?

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  6. Yes, I paint with gel colors mixed with either almond extract, lemon extract or Vodka. As long as what your'e using dries dry, you can use it to paint with - just don't use water, it dries sticky/tacky. You can also paint with straight gel colors but I find it easier to thin them out a bit first.

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  7. hi i love your cakes and i'm new in decorating cakes i would like to know what is IMBC please i really apresiate it. thank you

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  8. Hi Monica, IMBC is Italian Meringue Buttercream. It's made with egg whites, sugar and butter. Very light and not too sweet.

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  9. Hi Monica could you tell me how much of everything we need to try your IMBC recipe I would love to try it thanks Martha my email is mvfranco2317@hotmail.com

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  10. @ Martha - here is the link to where the IMBC recipe can be found:
    http://sugarsweetcakesandtreats.blogspot.com/2010/06/music-themed-80th-birthday-cake.html

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  11. How did you make the little goombas???

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    1. They're like a mushroom. I rolled out their heads into a hershey kiss shape, added the eyes and eyebrows with fondant, slit their mouth using the edge of a piping tip and added little teeth to it. For the body, rolled out a short cylinder in a lighter color and for the feet, made 2 rounded ovals and flatten half of it to stick under the cylinder. Used piping gel to get everything to glue together. HTH.

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  12. LOL Amazing Cake and high five for the coupomn!!

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  13. Great work! I have to make a Mario Brothers cake and want to try the 2D type technique. Do you make them ahead of time or right before you are ready for them to go on the cake? I was worried that it would be hard to put the figures on a round cake if I pre-make them.

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    1. It depends on the timing. If you do make them ahead of time and want them to remain soft and pliable, store the letters over a piece of parchment or wax paper and slide them into either a sheet protector or a zip lock bag and keep them flat in the freezer. When you're ready to use them, pull them out and pop them on the cake, they'll feel just like they did when you made them - works like a charm!

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  14. Wow, this cake is so awesome! :)

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  15. Wow, this cake is so awesome! :)

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  16. I love this! I generally spend days sculpting figures for my kids' cakes but decided to consider flat cut outs to save some time. I think I'll be stealing your bowser method!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. OMG.......this cake is beautiful! Love....love...love.......Do you sell your cakes?
    Have you done a LEGO theme cake or cake pops? would love to see them?

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    1. I make cakes as a hobby and my friends and family have been keeping me plenty busy =D. I've done 1 Lego Star Wars cake for my son a few years ago when I had first started decorating cakes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarsweetcakes/5190300784/in/photostream

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  18. do you happen to know if fondant and modeling chocolate is a good idea to decorate a ice cream cake?

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    1. I'm not sure - never tried it. Sorry I couldn't be of any help here.

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