Layer-Cake Desert

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This article is about the world from New Super Mario Bros. U. For the golf course based on this world in Mario Golf: World Tour, see Layer-Cake Desert (golf course).
Layer-Cake Desert
Layer Cake Desert.png
Appearance New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Luigi U
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Levels 9
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Layer-Cake Desert is the sandy second world of New Super Mario Bros. U, lying directly north of Acorn Plains, northwest of Sparkling Waters and Soda Jungle and southwest from Frosted Glacier. Unlike the previous desert worlds, which had Egyptian pyramids, it has various desserts within the world, such as giant cakes (with one giant cake in the world map) and giant melting ice cream cones. Part of the name is derived from a type of cake with multiple layers, held together by frosting. The second part is a reference to the similarities between "desert" and "dessert". The boss of this world is Morton Koopa Jr., who was also the boss of Desert Land in Super Mario Bros. 3. There are also giant Moai-like statues called Stone-Eyes in a sea of sand, which also appear in some levels and in the world map. A Super Acorn can also be found in the map alongside the Enemy Courses, where it will place the Super Acorn in the inventory box. There are 9 levels in this world, with 6 normal levels, a secret level, the Tower level and the Castle level, as well as Goomba and Fire Bro Enemy Courses and three Toad Houses, two red and one green. At the end of Layer-Cake Desert, there is a fork in the road, allowing the player to progress either to Frosted Glacier or Sparkling Waters.


New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Level Number Level Name Preview Description
Layer-Cake Desert-1 Stone-Eye Zone NSMBU Stone-Eye Zone Boost Rush.jpg A desert level with shifting Stone-Eyes.
Layer-Cake Desert-2 Perilous Pokey Cave NSMBU E3 Perilous Pokey Cave.png This is a level with Pokeys and shifting sand.
Layer-Cake Desert-3 Fire Snake Cavern NSMBU E3 Fire Snake Cavern Baby Yoshi.png It is an underground level with Fire Bros and Fire Snakes, and introduces Glowing Baby Yoshis.
Layer-Cake Desert-NSMBW Tower Icon.pngTower Stoneslide Tower NSMBU Stoneslide Tower Screenshot.jpg The Tower of Layer-Cake Desert. The boss is the second round of Boom Boom.
Layer-Cake Desert-4 Spike's Spouting Sands NSMBU Spike's Spouting Sands Screenshot.jpg A level featuring Spikes and many Flying ? Blocks.
Layer-Cake Desert-5 Dry Desert Mushrooms NSMBU Dry Desert Mushrooms Screenshot.png The fifth course of Layer-Cake Desert with many Stone Spikes and mushroom platforms.
Layer-Cake Desert-6 Blooming Lakitus NSMBU Blooming Lakitus Screenshot.jpg A level featuring Lakitus and many Piranha Plants.
Layer-Cake Desert-Castle Icon.pngCastle Morton's Compactor Castle NSMBU Morton's Compactor Castle Screenshot.jpg The Castle of Layer-Cake Desert with many shifting platforms that can squash Mario. Morton is fought here in his airship.
Layer-Cake Desert-NSMBU Ice Block Icon.png Piranha Plants on Ice NSMBU Piranha Plants on Ice Screenshot.png A secret course unlocked by the secret exit in Spike’s Spouting Sands. This level is filled with Fire Piranha Plants and ice blocks.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Level Number Level Name Preview Description
Layer-Cake Desert-1 Spike's Tumbling Desert NSLU Spike's Tumbling Desert Screenshot.jpg A level featuring many Spikes, similarly to Spike's Spouting Sands from New Super Mario Bros. U.
Layer-Cake Desert-2 Underground Grrrols NSLU Underground Grrrols Screenshot.png A cave course with many Pokeys and Grrrols.
Layer-Cake Desert-3 Piranhas in the Dark NSLU Piranhas in the Dark Screenshot.png A course with moving platforms, Glowing Baby Yoshis, Fire Bros, and Big Piranha Plants.
Layer-Cake Desert-NSMBW Tower Icon.pngTower Wind-Up Tower NSLU Wind-Up Tower Screenshot.png The second tower of the game. It features many screws, and the boss is Boom Boom.
Layer-Cake Desert-4 The Walls Have Eyes NSLU The Walls Have Eyes Screenshot.png A stage featuring moving statues that can push the player.
Layer-Cake Desert-5 Stone Spike Conveyors NSLU Stone Spike Conveyors Screenshot.png A course with Stone Spikes and moving platforms.
Layer-Cake Desert-6 Spinning Sandstones NSLU Spinning Sandstones Screenshot.png A stage with many spinning hills and Stalking Piranha Plants.
Layer-Cake Desert-Castle Icon.pngCastle Morton's Lava-Block Castle NSLU Morton's Lava Block Castle Screenshot.png A Castle with moving blocks that act as bridges to guide the player across the lava.
Layer-Cake Desert-NSLU Fire Piranha Plant Icon.png Slippery Rope Ladders NSLU Slippery Rope Ladders Screenshot.png A course featuring slippery land, ladders, and many Piranha Plants.

Challenge Mode original courses[edit]

Boost Rush Courses[edit]

New enemies[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Level maps[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Appearances in other games[edit]

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Main article: Layer-Cake Desert (golf course)
Layer-Cake Desert in Mario Golf: World Tour.

Layer-Cake Desert appears in the Nintendo 3DS game Mario Golf: World Tour as the first course of the Flower Pack downloadable content (the second course being Sparkling Waters). It is a remake of Shy Guy Desert from Mario Golf updated with the style and assets of Layer-Cake Desert.

Pokey Vaulting from Super Mario Run

Mario Party 10[edit]

Layer-Cake Desert as it appears in Fruit Scoot Scurry.

Layer-Cake Desert is featured in Mario Party 10 as the setting of the minigame Fruit Scoot Scurry. The minigame involves players jumping across Stone-Eyes to collect various types of fruit.

Super Mario Run[edit]

The levels Big Spiny Blitz, Pokey Vaulting, and Desert Fuzz from Super Mario Run are set within Layer-Cake Desert.

Monopoly Gamer[edit]

Layer-Cake Desert is the third property on the game board in Monopoly Gamer. It is one of two properties in the Light Blue Color Set (along with Stone-Eye Zone).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デザートさばく
Dezāto Sabaku
Dessert Desert
Spanish Dunas Pasteleras Cake Dunes
French Dunes de Miel Honey Dunes
Dutch Zandkoekjesland Sandcake Land
German Sandkuchenwüste Sandcake Desert
Italian Deserto delle torte Cake Desert
Portuguese Deserto Caramelo Caramel Desert
Russian Пустыня пирожных
Pustynya pirozhnykh
Cake Desert
Korean 디저트 사막
Dijeoteu Samak
Dessert Desert
Chinese (Simplified) 甜点沙漠
Tiándiǎn Shāmò
Dessert Desert
Chinese (Traditional) 甜點沙漠
Tiándiǎn Shāmò
Dessert Desert


  • Layer-Cake Desert, Soda Jungle, and Meringue Clouds are the only three worlds to have three Toad Houses, two red and one green.
  • Layer-Cake Desert appears in the pre-made world in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft.