When my grandson was having his 8th birthday he said he just wanted cupcakes. His party theme was Super Mario. We thought it would be fun to make a cake in the shape of one of the mushrooms from the games. He agreed that the cake would be for the family birthday and the cupcakes and a giant cookie for the kids party.
Over the years we found that kids don’t really like cakes at parties and eat the frosting or take a bite or two and are done. The giant cookie has always gone over really well. At Nicholas’ request we studied all the Mario Wii games and their books and collected pictures of the items in each. The cupcakes were decorated with gum paste figures for all the ones we thought we could tackle. Using gum paste does go against my idea of natural ingredients but I haven’t figured out how to do it in something else yet. Maybe next year.