I found a great pose of Super Mario for a cake design. I decided to do a flat fondant image on the top of the cake. I started by printing out a few copies of the image. The cut out made it easier for me to determine what size pan I wanted to use too. I just had to lay the image on my different size pans to see which one looked best. Then I cut one of the images into "puzzle" pieces. Here I am ready to begin...
Next I rolled out the colors of fondant I needed and placed a cut out piece on top. I used an Exacto knife to cut around the piece. Some of the pieces like the nose and eyebrows I just molded by hand. I used my gumpaste tools to add "seams" to the pants and texture to his moustache. After almost two hours I had put the fondant puzzle together!
I made this a few days early so I just wrapped him between two pieces of cling wrap coated with crisco to keep him from drying out. I also placed this into a ziploc bag.
Two days later it was still pliable so I could easily place him on top of my cake.
I had to come up with a design to add around the sides of the cake. I wanted Mario to be the focus so I decided on a simple blue border with a few 1UP mushrooms. I used different circle shape cutters to put this little guy together.