So, my to-be 9-year-old daughter had planned her birthday party perfectly! It was going to be a Wii themed party, where they would play Birthday Party Bash on the Wii, and Just Dance, and New Super Mario Bros. We asked a good friend of ours to make the cake. Now, this is not just any cake-maker, but he makes the most amazing wedding cakes at the local bakery. He also makes the most amazing cheesecakes, chocolate ganache, butter cream icing, you name it. He was going to make a Wii-remote shaped cake, it was going to be awesome! Personally I was thrilled that we didn’t have to have another Hannah Montana or Barbie party!
There were several things that thwarted the best laid plans of 9-year-0ld girls, not the least of which was a huge ice storm Christmas day, and a cold snap that prevented the melting for almost two weeks. The party was slated for the first Friday in January, but since the kids didn’t have school all week, we couldn’t invite all her friends. Alas, the birthday girl had to pine for another week. We finally got the invitations to her classmates, and the date was set for the following Friday.
Now that we had the party planned and the invitations sent, all that was left was the cake. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but our cake-maiking friend’s wife (who is a great friend of mine) decided to have a baby this week! He was home with the other four kids and going back and forth from the hospital. SO no matter how much we wanted a Wii Remote Cake, we couldn’t ask him to do it. His family needed him.
So… that was the time to get creative. Well, not yet, actually. I was just going to go to the grocery store today and get a generic birthday cake from Walmart. I figured we would put some squeeze icing on it and write “Happy Birthday.”
But then… I spotted them! The little mini cupcakes with puffs of bright green and blue icing. They totally reminded me of the mushrooms in Super Mario Brothers! So I decided to chance it, and get those. I was going to make the best Mario Bothers Cake possible without a supermarket cake decorating kit! Either that or we’d have some really cute mini-cupcakes and bright blue lips.
Well, I got home and showed Hip Chick the cupcakes. She tried to be positive, but I could tell she wasn’t quite catching the vision… until I started pulling out the different levels of platters, and funky shaped plates. Oh, and don’t forget the plastic slinkies I bought to become the Mario-World tubes! We started creating, and she perked right up. She was inspired! So we created this amazing world of cupcake mushrooms, andparty slinkie tubes, the only things I could not find were Mario Brothers toys to put in the mix! (Hello? Nintendo? They’re called “Action Figures.”)
So anyway, this is either a masterpiece birthday cake display, or it was an awesome time of bonding between a mom and her kids. Either way, it tasted like a million bucks to me.