1-Up Cupcakes

From the Super Mario video games    

I can't take credit for these cute little shroom cakes, but they're just so geeky delicious I had to make my own version. These cupcakes are based on the 1-up mushrooms of the Super Mario games, which give Mario an extra life if caught. Probably won't work for you, though. Maybe. Try it out. Store bought vanilla or buttercream frosting can be used, but if you want to make your own, here's a basic recipe. Make sure you have plenty of green food coloring!


8 ounces white chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

3 large egg whites

1/2 cup canned coconut milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 16oz container pre-made frosting or 16 ounces of home-made frosting

White chocolate buttons

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line three 6-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners. If you don't have an official double boiler, suspend a metal or heat-proof bowl across the top of a pan with a little simmering water in the pan. Make sure the bottom of the bowl or pan doesn't come in contact with the water below. Put the white chocolate in the bowl and stir until melted and smooth. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in an average-sized mixing bowl. Beat the sugar, butter, and vanilla in large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the hot white chocolate to the butter and sugar; stir until blended. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and then 1/3 of the coconut milk, and stir. Repeat until everything is thoroughly mixed. Whip the egg whites in a bowl. Fold the egg white mixture lightly into the batter. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for about twenty minutes or until you can stick a fork in it and it comes out clean. Let cool. Put the frosting into yet another bowl and start adding your food coloring to it. Add a little bit at a time and stir in. Keep adding until you get the desired color. You'll probably need a lot. Spread the frosting on to the top of the cupcakes and smooth out evenly. Place the white chocolate buttons in the frosting to your aesthetic preference and enjoy!
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  1. I am passing this on to a girl, Alexis @ Running Away? I'll help you pack, she is doing a CCC blog now and features cupcakes, and I think this is worthy!

  2. I sent it over, and someone else I noticed just posted a Mario Game Cake, too funny...

  3. Ha, what a coincidence... Guess we both had Mario on the brain.

  4. Too funny. I like your site and your sense of whimsy.

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  5. These are all amazing recipes, and just generalyl a great idea for a blog, but this one especially made me happy.

  6. This blog=Awesome. Me very happy. I love Mario foods, lol. =D

  7. I loved this recipe, but to what degree do you whip the eggwhites? I assumed you wanted them kind of still like a meringue, but the cupcakes themselves had some trouble rising at all, and we had flat mushrooms :( Any suggestions?

  8. These cupcakes are too cute! I love your blog and your sense of whimsy.
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  9. its looks like a wonderful birthday party,music,dance and some kids birthday party games are also necessary to make a birthday party memorable...

  10. I think you could make a super mushroom variant on this. Just substitute the green icing for red.

  11. Did not get the rounded, peaked shape of the muffins so they turned out nothing like mushrooms, but the amazing taste of them made up for it ^^ I love their taste of white chocolate. I also have a feeling they'd do really well with some dark chocolate frosting...



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