Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – Muku Cookies

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With Christmas mere days away, I’m in full swing with baking Christmas themed cookies. I wanted to bake a few different kinds and although normal Christmas cookies are all well and good, I pulled some inspiration from my usual source: video games.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is one of those anomalies of a game that sounds like quite an odd concoction of ideas. However, a Mario RPG developed by Square and published by Nintendo just seemed crazy enough to work, and work it did. Featuring on many “Top [insert number here] Game” lists, SMRPG touts a colorful soundtrack, clean visuals (for the time) and chirpy dialogue. It really is a must play, and comes highly recommended by myself.

It even features cookies! When the item is used, the party summons a Mukumuku, who tries to hit a member of the party, but fails. The creature then hurts himself by throwing a bomb. For some reason, this recovers 69 HP for all party members.

A Muku Cookie

A Muku Cookie

For these cookies I used a simple shortbread recipe with buttercream icing, it makes it look nice and tastes great! Not to mention quite hard to mess up for anyone who is baking challenged.

Fun Fact: In the Japanese version, Bowser’s Haiku was instead a free-verse poem, which translated to “Why does everyone say ‘Mario, Mario’? My heart is very sad”, with his name at the end (as a sort of signature) instead of “Haiku”.

Shortbread Recipe

Ingredients:
175g butter, softened
½ cup Icing Sugar
1½ cups plain flour
½ cup cornflour
Pinch of salt

Too cute to eat.

Too cute to eat.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease or line an oven tray with baking paper.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Sift in flour, cornflour and salt and mix thoroughly with the butter mixture until it forms a dough.
Knead dough, then roll out to 10mm thickness on a floured surface. Press out shapes using a biscuit cutter. Press remaining dough together and roll out again, press out shapes until mixture is used up.
Bake for 30 minutes or until pale golden.
Makes: about 14, can halve recipe.

I dyed a buttercream icing brown and then simply piped bear faces on top, and iced the sides. Simple!

Fun Fact: Bowser’s victory pose was changed when it was brought to the U.S. as it previously resembled the “Up yours!” gesture.

DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Super Mario 64 – Mario’s Cake

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Is there anything that says “I love you” more than making someone a Mario themed birthday cake? I think not. I mean, I personally could solely receive a huge cake for my birthday nowadays and be completely excited about it. This week, however, was my husband’s birthday, and I wanted to make it something special with a unique cake.

The cake as it appears at the end of Super Mario 64

The cake as it appears at the end of Super Mario 64

Princess Peach is also a firm believer of the phrase “The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”, constantly baking Mario cakes upon her rescue. It’s funny to think the entirety of Super Mario 64 starts upon the promise of cake, with Mario receiving this letter from Peach:

What a tease.

What a tease.

Unfortunately for Mario, this begins an insane quest to rescue Princess Peach and receive said cake. Thankfully for my husband, this cake requires no princess to be rescued, nor Koopas to be stomped, in order to relish in its deliciousness.

I’ll include the really easy cake and frosting recipe I use when I’m making a white cake, it’s super yummy and can even be used for cupcakes!

Fun Fact: Many fans of Super Mario 64 are convinced that Luigi is hidden inside the game somewhere, citing numerous, in-depth attempts to find him. However, Nintendo themselves have gone on record saying they didn’t include Luigi because they needed more room for levels.

White Cake

1 cup white sugar
1/2 (113g) cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

White Frosting

Fondant Peach - beautiful AND delicious

Fondant Peach – beautiful AND delicious

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly. Stir constantly.
In a medium mixing bowl, lets eggs whites and salt sit for a couple minutes. Whip the egg whites, salt and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes.

I used a few things to assemble the cake. First I used a buttercream icing to smooth out the bases and fill in the gaps between the top and bottom layer. I then poured the white icing over the top of the cake to give it a similar effect to Peaches original cake. And finally, I sculpted the figures of Mario, Peach and the Star with my own two hands. Then I waited to serve before piping whipped cream and adding the fruit. It took me, in total, about 3 days as I’m a very busy Boo.

Fun Fact: Princess Peach doesn’t do too badly for herself either, she’s featured in more video games than any other female character in gaming history since her debut in 1985.


DIFFICULTY: 4 AND A HALF MOOGLES
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