Mario Question Block Surprise Cake

Mario Question Block Surprise Cake

A lemon surprise cake filled with chocolate gold coins and decorated to look like the question block from the Mario Bros. games! This Mario Question Block Surprise Cake is the perfect way to celebrate gamers all around!

Makes one 6-inch square cake

Things you'll need

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • Zest of 4 lemons
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Offset spatula
  • Rubber scraper
  • Whisk
  • Six 6-inch square cake pans lined with parchment
  • 8-inch cake board
  • Small knife
  • Fondant roller
  • Small circle cookie cutter

Let's get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a small measuring cup, whisk together milk and oil.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing and scraping between each addition. Add extract and zest and mix.
  5. Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the milk to the creamed mixture bowl (1/3 dry, mix, 1/2 wet, mix, etc.)
  6. Divide the batter evenly into sprayed and lined cake pans. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool and remove the cakes from pans.
  7. Level each cake then cut out a 4 inch square in the center of 4 of the cakes.
  8. Use an offset spatula to spread yellow frosting over the top of the base layer of the cake and then in between each layer as you stack the cakes.
  9. Fill the hole with chocolate gold coins. Place the last layer on top of the cake and then frost the entire cake yellow.

Time to decorate!

  1. Use the Mario question mark template to create five question marks and then cut out 20 small round circles using the cookie cutter (PICTURE at 5:23).
  2. Place a question mark on the center of one side and put four circles on each corner. Repeat with all sides of the cake (PICTURE at 6:08).
  3. TaDa! If Mario punches open this block, he’ll find lemony cake and yummy gold coins!
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