Thursday, January 12, 2012

Super Mario Brothers Inspired Cupcakes

I made these last minute for a friend that ALWAYS allows me to push through any type of creative barriers I might think I have at any given moment in time!

Since I was making these little guys at 5:00 am and my kids would be awake around 7:30 am, I didn't have much time, so I skipped making Mario's buddy Luigi.....next time though! 

I don't have a ton of experience in fondant, but I love, love have mentioned LOVE working with it! The only other thing I have used it for was the Rapunzel Tangled Tower and WWE Belt Cake I made.  I like to think that with each new project I get a little better.

I was going to do a break down type of tutorial for these, but I there is a lot of stuff going on. So if you would like to make these yourself, they aren't as hard as you may think, let me tell you why.

A long time ago when I was younger....okay MUCH younger, I went to art school in NYC. My dream at the time was to be a cartoon animator. But given my immaturity at the time, my low-self esteem and poor self image...I just wasn't cut out for the self criticism that ran rampant throughout my head as I compared myself against everyone else, who was as I thought at the time were a million times better than me.

So instead of facing my image and esteem challenges head on, I made a lot of poor decisions that led me to flushing 12 years of my life into many different toilets...which is a another story for another time. 

So back to the art school thing, although much of what I learned at that point in time has been lost, there was one or two things I haven't forgotten......

"Everything is made up of one shape or another....figure out the shapes and you can create anything."

That has stayed with me and frees me to break down what I may perceive as difficult image into smaller bits of digestible information. Take Mario for example. All put together he may seem really hard to make....

But if you break him down you can see he is simply a variety of ovals, circles, half moons, semi-circles and wedges. Dissect him  like that and it becomes a bit more simple to make him. Sometimes, I will even trace over and image to get a "feel" of what the differernt shapes may be. Try it, you may surprise yourself :)

And the rest...well they are self explanatory! Ba Bomb is a ball of fondant with circle eyes.

The Toad Stool is a Oval shape and a rectangular bottom shape.

Once you break them down...you can create just about anything!!

Hope you enjoy!!