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Goomba Cupcakes
April 24, 2007

Goomba CupcakesGoombas are naturally cupcake shaped. Coincidence? I think not.

Goomba cupcakes involve baking chocolate cupcakes, then covering them with lots of frosting and sugary treats. Good times lay ahead.

The cupcake recipe:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

I'll warn you right now that you're only going to get eight cupcakes out of this batter. You'll most likely get tired of decorating after eight, but if you want more, better double up the ingredients.

Dump everything together in one big bowl and mix. Ladle up the batter and drop into a cupcake tray that's lined with those paper cupcake thingies.


I want to drink it.
You're not supposed to take food images with a flash, but doesn't that look delicious?


Fill the cupcake tray all the way to the top. You want a high puffy top on the muffin when they finish baking. If you're like me and made a mess all over the tray, take a napkin and wipe up any stray splatters.


Pop in the oven for 25 minutes. You'll know they're done when you stick a knife (or a toothpick) into one and it comes out clean.


Mmm, muffins.
Brought to you by shaky cam. If you can squint, you can see how the cupcakes are nice and puffy.


For this next part, you can substitute quite a few ingredients for this. Let your imagination go wild. Here's what I did -


The dressings:

Head: Chocolate frosting
Eyes: Chocolate chips with a backing of white frosting
Teeth: Silvered almonds
Eyebrows and Mouth: Black licorice
Shoes: Fudge Nut Goodies

So much sugar.
My choice of goodies!

There was much internal debate over what to use for the shoes. Chocolate covered raisins? Tootsie rolls? I discovered the Fudge Nut Goodies in the candy aisle. Feeling the bag, the size and shape felt right for little goomba booties, so I decided to give it a shot. Plus, they're called "Fudge Nut Goodies." That was the main selling point for me.


So much sugar.
Lured by the tasty title.

So cute!
Goomba booties!

The head frosting was half a stick of butter with a couple cups of powdered sugar, plus a few teaspoons of cocoa power to turn it dark. The eyeball frosting was three tablespoons of butter plus a cup of powdered sugar. The frosting for the eyes should be really thick, you don't want it running.


Looks like popcorn.
Looks like popcorn, but it's just really thick frosting.

Once the muffins are done in the oven, let them cool. If you start in with the dressings right away, the frosting will run. Faces will be melted.


After the muffins are cool, drop the chocolate frosting on. Use your hands to fashion ovals for the goomba eyes. Add the chocolate chips to finish the eyeballs.


Chop up the black licorice into two larger pieces (for the eyebrows) and a small piece for the mouth. I tried using one single piece of licorice for the eyebrows, but it wasn't working well. The licorice would slip right out of the frosting. But your frosting might be more powerful than mine, allowing for the eyebrow curve to hold. Personally I find black licorice is rather stinky, so I don't like working with it too much.


After adding the eyebrows and mouth, chop the silvered almonds in half. Add to the top of mouth. Goombas have a reverse snaggletooth so point the teeth upwards.

One tough cupcake.
The goomba in all its glory.


Some booties were rested next to the cupcake wrapper, while other cupcakes had the wrapper cut at the bottom and the booties placed halfway inside the cupcake. The latter gets a little messy, but it's not too bad. You do chance ripping up the cupcake wrapper more than you'd like with the latter method. Once you've decided your shoe style, you're done!


With any cupcakes you don't finish eating, you know what to do.


Wow, amazing! I love your site!
I'm going to make all your 1337-cakes and throw a party!

Thanks!

w00t party time!

Amanda:

These are adorable and we definitely used the design for cupcakes and they turned out awesome. Everyone loved making and eating them :P We even used the cupcakes as an excuse for a get together and watched the live action Super Mario Brothers movie lol.

Anonymous:

bADASS CUPCAKES

Michelle:

I did a variation of these when I left my office (along with a couple of other Nintendo characters), and they went down really well! They were really recognisable as goombas. I used brown M&Ms for the eyes, and realised I'd forgotten to buy the slivered almonds and so I did icing fangs. They looked really surprisingly like goombas, which is impressive given my cake decorating skills! I also didn't bother with the chocolate icing as I'd made loads of icing on all the other cakes and didn't want to overwhelm people, just sticking all the stuff on that cake with little dabs of icing and using icing for the eyes. I had an awesome time making the cakes, and my colleagues all seemed to enjoy them!

panchaTj.:

They look lovely!My best friend is a gamer and for his birthday im gonna surprise him with these lil cute goombas =D
Im gonna make a few changes in the recipe,but i will take the idea from here.
Ty very much!

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