1up Mushroom Cake

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is a game designer making up game ideas and games. For his birthday I wanted to make a special cake and in the end I decided to do a 1up mushroom from the Mario games. For those that don’t know what 1up means, it can be two things. In old games 1up was used when displaying player one’s score but nowadays it’s used for refering to the acquistion of an extra life in a game. In the Mario games the icon used for 1ups is a cute mushroom and gives one extra life. So a 1up mushroom cake is the perfect birthday cake!

It was my first time using sugarpaste and I found it hard to make it smooth enough after rolling it, but for a first sugarpaste cake I think that it looks OK. My husband was very happy for the cake and I think that he had a hard time when realizing that he had to cut up the cute cake. The cake was delicious but as sugarpaste is really sweet, we both skipped to eat that part of the cake.

    1up Mushroom Cake

    4 eggs
    200 ml sugar (of which half is vanilla infused)
    100 ml flour
    75 ml potato flour
    1.5 tsp baking soda

    Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until white and fluffy. Carefully fold in the flour, potato flour and baking soda. Pour into a buttered and breaded rectangular springform (mine is 23 cm* 23cm). Bake in 170 degrees C for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool. With a sharp knife cut out a mushroom and then cut the cake in two layers.

    Raspberry filling:
    250 ml whipping cream
    200 gram raspberries
    sugar – to taste
    marsàn powder – a few teaspoons (this is custardpowder for cold vanilla custard that I use to keep the filling together)

    Whip the cream. Add raspberries and combine carefully. Add sugar – amount depending on how tart the raspberries are and the custard powder. Combine carefully.

    Chocolate Buttercream:
    225 gram unsalted butter (room temperatured)
    170 gram semi sweet chocolate
    1 tsp vanilla sugar
    140 gram icing sugar
    0.5 tsp instant espresso powder

    Melt the chocolate, I do it in the microwave oven. Beat the butter with the icing and vanilla sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the melted chocolate, it should be lukewarm, and continue to beat. Add the instant espresso powder.

    for decoration:
    about 500-600 gram sugarpaste
    green food colouring

    How to assemble the cake:
    Put the first cake layer on a serving plate. With a spatula place the raspberry filling on the cake and cover with the second cake layer.

    Place the chocolate buttecream on and all around the cake with the help of a spatula. Put more buttercream in the middle of the cake so it will be a bit higher there. Put the cake in the fridge, I left it there during the night so that the buttercream would set properly.

    Roll out a bit of sugarpaste large enough for the mushroom fot. Smooth the sugarpaste to get rid of marks. Carefully place it on the cake. First smooth the top using your hands and then the sides. With a sharp knife trim any excess sugarpaste at the bottom edge.

    For the mushroom cap mix a large amount of sugarpaste with the green food colouring. Roll it out and carefully place it on the cake. First smooth the top using your hands and then the sides. With a sharp knife trim any excess sugarpaste at the bottom edge.

    For the white dots, roll out sugarpaste, smooth with your hands and with the help of a glass cut out 3 dots. Sprinkle some water underneath and place them on the cake. For the eyes I used two chocolate beans that I attached with the help of a small amount of sugarpaste soaked in water.

    Store the cake in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap or in a large container.

29 Responses to “1up Mushroom Cake”

  1. Lucile Poppins
    September 15th, 2007 18:25

    Really really nice !!! Excellent for children, young or old one !!!

  2. Anne
    September 15th, 2007 21:38

    Oh, great job!! That’s a really gorgeous cake! Per got green with envy, he kept repeating “oh, that’s really cool!”

  3. Lena
    September 15th, 2007 22:32

    Wow! That is the cutest cake ever!
    What a fun idea for a birthday cake.

  4. Pat
    September 15th, 2007 23:39

    Dagmar that is a lovely looking cake!!! YUMMY!!!!

  5. ilva
    September 16th, 2007 10:00

    This is a spectacular cake Dagmar! You are so talented!

  6. Zarah Maria
    September 16th, 2007 11:33

    SO adorable! (if adorable is okay to say about a man’s cake? Hmm…?:-)) I love the little black eyes – it looks like it’a about to tease someone!

  7. Michael
    September 16th, 2007 12:37

    That looks excellent! Must be the funniest, cutest Nintendo cake I’ve ever seen :p

  8. brilynn
    September 16th, 2007 19:10

    Well done!
    I just started experimenting with covering cakes with fondant. I agree though, the taste isn’t all that appealing, but the final product looks awfully pretty!

  9. awoz
    September 16th, 2007 21:41

    Wowo, your cake is very pretty , inside and outside .Very lovely and original cake!

  10. Dolores
    September 16th, 2007 23:17

    Dagmar, your cake is precious! I wish I had half of your creativity and your talent.

  11. connie
    September 17th, 2007 01:58


  12. Cricket
    September 17th, 2007 07:22

    Just wandered in from google. I am a foodie here in the southeastern US. I just got Mr. Samuelsson’s ‘Soul Of A New Cuisine’ and it is terrific.

    Your cake looks too good to eat, but the raspberry filling did me in. I love berries.

  13. Dagmar
    September 17th, 2007 13:02

    Lucile Poppins: Thanks! We’re all children within :-)

    Anne: Thanks :-)

    Lena: Thanks!

    Pat: Thank you!

    Ilva: Thank you Ilva. I just wished that I could handle the sugarpaste/fondant better. But I’ll keep practicing and hopefully one day I’ll be able to create the perfect fondant cake, really smooth and pretty.

    Zarah Maria: Hihi :-) Actually I first didn’t know what to use for eyes, until the newly bought chocolate beans from Brussels caught my sight :-)

    Michael: Thanks :-)

    Brilynn: Thanks, I took a look at your cakes yesterday and they were really pretty.

    Awoz: Thank you!

    Dolores: Thanks, I’m blushing.

    Connie: Thanks! Almost too cute to eat :-)

    Cricket: Hi, welcome! I love berries too, much more than chocolate.

  14. Michelle
    September 17th, 2007 16:42

    Just ADORABLE! Well done!! :)

  15. Dwiana
    September 17th, 2007 19:22

    It takes patient to make this cake and it looks so adorable. greeting from PA:)

  16. peabody
    September 19th, 2007 10:03

    I’m having Super Mario flashbacks. What a great looking cake…very cute.

  17. Carla
    September 21st, 2007 16:31

    A very adorable cake indeed!! Not wanting to cut it is probably the best compliment a cake decorator can get ;) The cake part looks delicious, so I may be making this recipe as a boring rectangle.

  18. Scott at Realepicurean
    September 22nd, 2007 19:28

    Well, it is a cute cake! I just can’t imagine where the need for a mushroom shaped cake will ever come up ;)

    Still, great stuff!

  19. Dagmar
    September 22nd, 2007 21:05

    Michelle: Thanks!

    Dwiana: Thank you!

    Peabody: Thanks! Next time maybe I’ll try Mario himself :-)

    Carla: Thank you! Rectangle cakes are great as well, the interior is the most important part :-)

    Scott: Mushroom shaped cakes are perfect now during autumn, or every day if you’re gamer :-) Thanks!

  20. Tartelette
    September 23rd, 2007 06:29

    This is so a cute cake! Well done!

  21. Caroline
    December 31st, 2007 03:34

    WOW! Sitter här och spelar Super Mario Galaxy och såg dina fina Totoro-cupcakes och kom in på din sida. Denna tårtan var otroligt snygg! Någon gång ska jag göra den, fast vegansk.
    Tack för inspirationen. Väldigt vackra bilder! Thumbs up!

  22. Dagmar
    January 6th, 2008 22:19

    Caroline: Tack så mycket! :-)
    Tartelette: Thanks!

  23. Sabina
    January 17th, 2008 11:26

    Världens finaste tårta!! ska försöka göra en till min pojkväns 30-års dag :)
    Hoppas den blir lika fin som din (tveksamt:))

    MVH/ Sabina

  24. greeneyes98310
    March 6th, 2008 03:32

    what an AWESOME cake!!! My future son-in-laws birthday is coming up and daughter is thinking about making this for the party.. it is Super Mario Themed… Thanks for the idea!

  25. Etna
    May 28th, 2008 17:05

    That’s really awesome. My boyfriend and I are both avid gamers, and I wish I had the skills to pull something like this off for him. Unfortunately I’m just not good at baking!

  26. Redpaw
    October 29th, 2008 06:40

    i love the cake but it has nothing to with cats i searched in cats on the coputer and i did not find what i was looking for.

  27. Redpaw
    October 29th, 2008 06:41

    he he he he

  28. Hungry Jenny
    July 24th, 2009 13:24

    Wow, that’s amazing! I’m so gonna try making that mushroom cake one day, though it certainly won’t look as beautiful as yours!



  29. Gemma
    September 11th, 2011 13:01

    I’ve just pinned this to remind me to make it for OH next year, he’s a computer geek and hopefully will love the pacman cake I’ve made for his birthday in a few days time!

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