Mario Mushroom Cupcakes

Mario Cupcake
Mario Cupcake

Remember that Mario Birthday Party Brainstorm article? It is full of great ideas, but sorely lacking photos. Now my kids are asking for another Mario Party this spring, so we’re perfecting our favorite Mario Party ideas and documenting them in individual articles. Starting with 1-up Mushroom Cupcakes, perfect for a Mario Birthday Party, or even just a fun Saturday afternoon activity… my kids and the neighborhood children that came over sure enjoyed it!

Ingredients:
– Mini Cupcakes or Muffins – enough for your Mario party plus a few spares
– Almond Bark
– Frosting – I used Betty Crocker Lemon
– Food Coloring
– Mini Chocolate Chips
– Small round candies for the spots (M&Ms, smarties, etc)

The Ingredients
The Ingredients

You’ll also need
– Waxed Paper
– A cookie sheet or large plate (Put the wax paper on this)
– At least two custard cups (one more for each extra mushroom color)

For the mushroom stem and its eyes, melt 2-3 ounces of the Almond Bark in a small glass custard cup or tiny bowl according to the directions on the package. Holding a cupcake by its top, carefully swirl the bottom of the cup cake till it’s coated up just up to the edge where the mushroom top will begin.

Dip the bottoms of the cupcakes in melted confectioners coating, aka Almond Bark
Dip the bottoms of the cupcakes in melted confectioners coating, aka Almond Bark

Let the extra glaze drip off a little while you add two mini chocolate chip eyes. Press the pointed end into the glaze so you’re left with tiny round eyes. Stand this mini mushroom cupcake up on the waxed paper, and then repeat with the next cupcake.

If the cupcake crumbles a little, scoop out the crumbs, then reheat your coating a little to make it easier to work with. And of course, you can melt a little more when you start to run out. The small quantity makes it manageable.

Once your Mario cupcakes all have stems, put all of them in the fridge to cool off for at least 20 minutes.

Swirl the tops in slightly melted, colored frosting
Swirl the tops in slightly melted, colored frosting

Meanwhile, scoop your frosting into glass custard cups, and food-color it till it’s a shade you like. 1up mushrooms are green with white spots, but other mario mushrooms have been red with white spots, or orange with red spots (in the old-school Mario Brothers).

After checking to be sure your mushroom cupcake stems are hard enough (they should easily come up off the wax paper), microwave the frosting for about 10 seconds to thin it out. Now grab each mushroom cupcake by the stem and swirl it in the frosting, coating up to part where the stem begins. Again, turn the mushroom to the side a little to let the excess drip off. Then press the candy spots in hard enough that they’ll stick, and set the mushroom back on its waxed paper to cool.

A variety of Super Mario Brothers Mushroom cupcakes
A variety of Mario Brothers Mushroom cupcakes

And that should be it! Serve them up on a cute plate, possibly with a star shaped icecream cake for a large party (I’ll post THAT how-to soon), and you’re ready to party Mario style! If you’re looking for other ideas for your Mario party, you can find several here. Enjoy 🙂