I’ve returned to cake decorating this week with a special design that’s truly a blast from the past
I remember waking up on Christmas morning in the year 2000 and being rushed to the living room by Dad. A grin spread from behind his gold-rimmed spectacles as he pointed to a large box under the plastic branched. The seven-year-old me was still trying to rub the sleep out of my eyes. That didn’t stop me from tearing the paper apart, revealing a large, heavy cardboard box within.
The Ice Blue Nintendo 64 entertainment system was pictured on the front cover. A rectangle of translucent blue plastic with the revolutionary tri-grip controller. I didn’t know what to think. Of course I had heard my friends Flora and Frankie, siblings who lived in our street, talk about their hours playing Donkey Kong and Banjo Kazooie. But I never imagined that I would have ever owned one myself.
Dad went to the shops that morning and bought me my first game; Mario Kart, which came in a rectangular box about the side of an A5 sheet of paper. The cartridge inside was grey and almost trapezoidal with a curved top. I set up the system with dad on our Sony box TV and thus began my affinity with all things Nintendo.
Recently my friend Mark celebrated his birthday and I wanted to make him something special. Being a fellow Nintendo junkie I couldn’t think of a better design that the Nintendo itself.
Similar to The Ryan Gosling Abs Cake, I picked up a ready iced sponge slab from a local supermarket and a bucket of fondant. I dug out my Nintendo (which had been hiding in a cupboard for quite a number of years) and set it up near my workstation for inspiration.
The premise of this cake was fairly simple. Being a rectangular shape, all that was really required was to cover the surface in blue fondant and fill in the edges with fondant shapes that resembled the dimensions of the “64”. I cut out the power and reset buttons in blue fondant and made indentations in the cake for the air vent and game pack. A slab of yellow fondant (replicating the special Donkey Kong cartridge was the perfect fit. All that was left was some grey decals for the Nintendo logo and the controller slots.
I thought I had finished but I realised that there was something that I needed to do to give this cake a bit of charm. It was looking a bit too clean, which made the cracks and crevices through the icing noticeable. To resolve this I took inspiration from another Nintendo franchise, Pokémon. When the Diamond and Pearl versions of the game for Nintendo DS were released, a selection of older Pokémon from the Gold and Silver versions were to be made available. Their sprite pictures in posters and ads were buffed up and given a vintage appearance. I decided to use a similar technique with the surface of the cake, brushing it with a special fondant whitening gel which I had purchased. As a result, the cake had the appearance of a classic piece of gaming equipment which had been worn and torn through use.
Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,
Writers note: Brendon The Smiling Chef does not endorse nor is not associated with Nintendo or any of it’s franchises including Mario Kart and Pokémon. Admittedly, Brendon is a massive Nintendo fan and hopefully this post could be considered as fan art, thus equating to a creative licence to reproduce and re-imagine said names and logos.