Day Eleven #BlogFestivus – A Piece of Cake

festivusThis story is part of BlogFestivus: 12 short stories, 12 days, 12 Days of Christmas. An I.Q. of 12 is also extremely helpful but not required. Oh, the stories have to be exactly 144 words in length, too. You know, that’s 12 times 12. (Use a calculator if you need proof.) The real bitch of this challenge is that you have to incorporate the words from the famous “12 Days of Christmas” song, too. Sick stuff, really. You can find more of these unique stories by clicking this link for a complete list of festive BlogFestivus participants.

A Piece of Cake
by Tom B. Taker

Doug “The Wrench” Stromboli had always been an exceptional plumber. As a third generation Stromboli he had naturally taken up the family business, but his secret inner passions had always been elsewhere. No one had ever discovered his prized secret possession: An Easy-Bake oven.

Super Mario Bros. Question Mark Cake FrontNow he was on the set of the EAT Network’s hit television show Cake Walk about to grapple with those dreams in a very public way.

Wrench had traded in his pliers, cutters and other plumbing tools for a Mixmaster and a spatula which hung ready on his belt.

Today’s project was a Super Mario-themed marble with mocha chocolate chip cream and espresso ganache. It featured, of course, the green pipes made famous the world over.

As so it was that the show started and the announcer eventually quipped, “The baker-plumber piper is piping frosting on pipes!”


It has brought to my attention by one of my hostage fans (aka Mrs. Abyss) that not everyone in the world is acquainted with the concept of the Super Mario pipe.

Say what???

See, the back story is that Mario is a plumber. Thus it makes sense for him to navigate a world of pipes. He always seems to find a reason to go slithering around in them. Little known fact: Like most pipes, they are filled with sewage!

Oh, Mario!

The pipes are typically green but can be other colors depending on Mario’s location in the universe. For your edification here are a few representations of Super Mario pipes and scenes of Mario in action:

12 responses

  1. Way to go . . . let them eat cake.


    1. Always a sound philosophy! 🙂


  2. Did the plumber piper prime the pipes prior to piping?


    1. Well, since Mario appears in this story, I guess you 1-up is appropriate! 🙂


  3. Brilliant mash-up of plumbing and baking right down to the Super Mario cake.


    1. Google it. There are a surprising number of them! And thanks!


  4. You baked ’em…I laid ’em. We’re a match made in Easy-Bake Oven heaven. I think you’ve mentioned these ovens before. I think you really want to get on Iron Chef and wok your way to a win. 🙂


    1. That’s one of the downfalls of having a regular reader. The crutches I use far too often tend to get exposed. I dip into some wells too much. 🙂

      I hope I didn’t disappoint the Chairman with my offering in Kitchen Stadium.


  5. Who doesn’t know what a Super-Mario pipe is? Not anyone I need to interact with!


    1. Yeah, well. About that. It was my wife. Something along the lines of, “WTF pipes are you talking about?!?”

      Ooops. 🙂


    1. LOL! Yeah, that. That level was a PITA. But an awesome example of Super Mario pipes. I think I saw a couple in there. Great find. 🙂


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