In my defense, I didn’t actually design this cake, I merely executed it for Paige, the Birthday Girl. What Paige asked for was a dance floor with the Mario characters that you see specifically: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser (no mention of poor, forgotten Toad). She included a wee picture and the characters but I had no idea of what she meant by dancefloor though.
Fortunately, I’m a gamer from way back Atari Days and have logged in enough hours under the console that I hadn’t really needed the picture. A lot of the “butt bounce” mini-games feature a DDR-like disco floor so I went with that in Color Flow icing. I didn’t really want to do just a round cake so, since the story takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom, the mushroom shape took place really quickly. I torted two of Joe’s Grandma’s White Cake recipes, 10″. A little bit of carving and then filled them with Cookie’s & Cream filling. High Test Buttercream around the outside and base (with a little more time, I would have put white dots on the mushroom cap but I procrastinated so damn long with the figures out of sheer terror.
I molded the figures out of fondant beefed up with Gum Tex and, if I had to do it again, I would start the figures days in advance so they dried properly. I might put an armature in some next time because I’m not entirely sure that Waluigi could support his own weight.