How to Make a Mario Birthday Cake

Updated on March 29, 2018
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I am a stay-at-home mom of seven, and I feel blessed to be able to do what I love (baking) for the people I love!

My son, Kellen, was thrilled with his Mario cake!
My son, Kellen, was thrilled with his Mario cake!

My kids love the Super Mario Bros, so for my son's most recent birthday, he insisted on a Mario-themed birthday party, and of course, we needed a fabulous Mario birthday cake to go with it. I found one that really isn't that hard to make and looks very impressive!

I'll share my step-by-step directions—complete with pictures—to make your own Mario cake!

Ingredients:

This is all you really need to make a Super Mario cake:

  1. One box of cake mix
  2. Assorted icing
    • Chocolate (for the skin and hair)
    • Vanilla (for the skin, eyes, and hat)
    • Red (for the hat)
    • Blue (for the eyes)
    • Black (for the pupils and detailing)

1. Bake Two 9-Inch Rounds and Three Cupcakes

One box of cake mix can make two 9-in round cakes and three cupcakes.
One box of cake mix can make two 9-in round cakes and three cupcakes.

I used one box of Yellow Cake Mix. That was enough to make two round cakes that are 9 inches in diameter. There was enough leftover to make three cupcakes as well.

2. Build the Template for Mario's Head and Hat

One round cake will be the main face, while the other will be cut to form the hat. The cupcakes will form the nose, ears, and chin.
One round cake will be the main face, while the other will be cut to form the hat. The cupcakes will form the nose, ears, and chin.
  1. Put one of the round cakes on a sheet/tray/dish.
  2. To make the nose, cut the bottom off one of the cupcakes and place in the center of the round cake.
  3. To make the ears and chin, cut the other two cupcakes in half.
  4. To make the hat, cut a crescent shape out of the other round cake. (Note: I decided I needed a taller hat; that is why you see a cut mark on the crescent piece.)

3. Make Skin Tone Icing

Making skin or flesh tone icing requires a mixture of vanilla and chocolate icing, with a few drops of red food coloring.
Making skin or flesh tone icing requires a mixture of vanilla and chocolate icing, with a few drops of red food coloring.
  1. To make Mario's skin color, mix a bit of chocolate icing into a container of white icing.
  2. Add about 5 or 6 drops of red food coloring to give a rosier skin tone.
  3. Layer the icing on the face, nose, chin, and ears.
    • You can also use the icing to attach the parts to each other.
    • I found it easier to put the icing on the nose separately and reattach it after.

You Should Get Something Like This

The skin on the Mario cake finished.
The skin on the Mario cake finished.

Time for the Fun Part—Decorating!

4. Decorate Mario's Hat

You can be creative with the decoration. I used a start tip on my icing bag to get a little more texture.
You can be creative with the decoration. I used a start tip on my icing bag to get a little more texture.

The hat took three tubes of Wilton ready-to-use decorator icing.

  1. Use red icing to cover the hat, leaving a space for the "M" logo.
  2. Use white icing to make the circle for the "M" logo, and spell the M with the red icing.

Wilton 5-Piece Decorating Tip and Nail Set
Wilton 5-Piece Decorating Tip and Nail Set

These tips screw right onto the icing tubes. I used the star tip for the hat and the round tip for the eyes, the outlines, the "M," and the mouth. They can be re-used again and again—and they are dishwasher friendly!

 

5. Make the Mustache, Eyebrows, and Hair

I used chocolate icing for Mario's eyebrows, sideburns, and infamous mustache.
I used chocolate icing for Mario's eyebrows, sideburns, and infamous mustache.
  1. Pipe chocolate icing for the mustache, hair, and eyebrows.
  2. I also piped white icing for the mouth.

Hey, It'sa me, Mario!

6. Add Eyes and Outline the Details

I used black icing to outline the hat brim and logo, eyes, mouth, and chin.
I used black icing to outline the hat brim and logo, eyes, mouth, and chin.

Eyes

  1. To make the eyes, pipe a bit of white icing in a semi-circle shape.
  2. Pipe some blue icing inside the white, toward the middle of the face.
  3. Add black icing inside the blue for the pupils.

Outlines

  1. I outlined the hat brim and the circle for the log with black.
  2. I added a chin mark and outlined the eyes.
  3. I also wrote a "Happy Birthday" message on the board with the black icing.

Thanks for reading this article! I hope you realize how easy it is to make this cake. Go on and try it yourself!

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      Auriel 5 years ago

      wow! cake.. beautiful.

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      babyelmo25 5 years ago

      This is the best how-to i have ever done! made me look like a pro and everyone loved it!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      This is really awesome! Excellent photos and instructions! I know lots of children who would love this cake.

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      Kellenmadagan7 5 years ago

      I want to eat it!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Your cake was very tasty, too! ~ I saw the link to your "Mario" party in the top box, but perhaps other people would like links between the two awesome lenses, too.

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      Kellenmadagan7 6 years ago

      I loved this cake!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      This cake is so cool.

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      brmadagan 6 years ago

      What a great cake!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That cake looks professional! What a great idea! Makes me think I can do it too!

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Mario is one of my favorite!! Super cute lens..blessed*

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