I had 6 cakes this weekend... but this was by and far my most unique: a Toilet Paper Cake for a 40th birthday!
Have you ever seen anything like this? I honestly don't think I had seen a Toilet Paper Cake before my client sent me a picture of what she wanted... or at least I couldn't think of one.
But as soon as I saw her idea, I knew I wanted to make it! I mean... it's just so fun!
So this was a double-barrel 8" round cake. You can see how I assemble double-barrel cakes in this How to Make a Rocket Ship Cake tutorial. The cake was white almond sour cream flavor, filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream.
I cut out the hole in the top center (about 3" deep) then used a brownish fondant to wrap the inside walls and put a black circle in the bottom so it would (sort of) look like it went all the way through.
For the actual lines of toilet paper (on top), I rolled out very, very long ropes of fondant and the wrapped them around and around and around... 😉 I almost made it the whole way with one long rope but ran out with maybe 2 circles left so I had to smooth them together to finish it.
Too bad I didn't get a pic from straight above, but after falling off of a stool a couple of weeks ago trying to take a pic like that - I've sworn off standing on anything other than the floor! Haha!
It's not easy to see in the pics, but I used a texture mat to give the toilet paper a little bit of a pattern. I used Tappit Block Letters for the words and my Funky Alphabet cutters for the "40" (the numbers are part of the capital letters set).
The black & white checkered board was probably the most time-consuming thing about this cake. I rolled out the fondant using cookie guide sticks to get it all the same thickness. Then I used a pizza wheel and an acrylic sewing ruler to measure/cut perfect 2" squares.
After letting them dry for a little while (maybe 15-20 minutes), I "glued" them on the square cake board with piping gel!
And that's it... all the details of the Toilet Paper Cake! 🙂 Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment! You can also click HERE to see all of my other 40th Birthday Cakes!
Rose, this is so HILARIOUS, I love you girlie! I have a couple of birthdays coming up, can't wait to make this!
Haha - thank you Lori!! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
This cake is so funny I haven't seen anything like it! I feel your pain, I fell off a chair last week too while taking a photo!!
On NO Kim! Us bakers live hazardous lives 😉
That is so COOL! To get an overhead shot without climbing use an iPad or a camera with a flip out screen. Mine is a Canon PowerShot I've had over eight years. I hope it lasts eight more.
Thank you Shawn!
My daughter and son in law both turn 40 next year. I'll have to remember this awesome idea.
Lisa @ The Cooking Bride
Seriously, this is so impressive. It almost looks real!
Thanks Lisa! Happy New Year!
Love the Toilet Paper Cake! So cute!! I do wish there was an illustated step-by-step guide for assembling one though. Have a wonderfu New Year!
Is the main part of this cake buttercream frosting or fondant? Did you just wrap one big piece of white fondant around the whOle cake to make it look like toilet paper?
There is buttercream in between the layers of cake and covering the cake - then it's wrapped in fondant!
Thank you, Rose!
woww...that's really nice. I'd definitely make this one for the coming birthday of my nephew 😉 thanks
I am NOT good with fondant. It always cracks on me. Any advice? I would prefer to do ALL frosting because frosting tastes better than fondant. Is there anyway you think i can get away with all frosting? I just don't know how i would get the unraveled part to look real. Maybe all frosting and then just the unraveled part can be fondant. HELP!! this is such a cute and fun cake
Personally I wouldn't attempt this design in all buttercream.
I just did this cake in all buttercream...well, except the piece hanging off, it is fondant with tylose. I used a textured scraper for the pattern....looks like Cottonelle. I wasnt quite as forward thinking to actually hollow the tube area, but matches thecolor of a regular tube in fondant, cut a circle and found something solidthe same size...my dusting cup...and pushed it down as far as i could. I will be putting sticked nameplate (the the birthday people) through there though so it won't be so noticeable. As far as attaching the fondant piece, i put it in place and then put a column of frosting where the frosting and fondant met and then blended it. I lightly used my perferating wheel to create the pattern on the fondant. I also used the same textured scraper to do theto of the cake. Or all came out beautifully. Wish i could post a picture.
I am getting ready to do one in all buttercream myself. My plans so far are just like you explained. I'm glad to hear that it worked out for you as my clients are dead set against having fondant except for the tail.
Typically, folks don’t eat the fondant. With a wedding service, they remove the fondant before serving. Go with the fondant!
i would like a tutorial please want to make it for my husband birthday he turing 50
How did you get the end of the roll (were it looks like it hanging down) to hold its shape? Did you use just fondant or did you have to add gum paste to it?
I used straight fondant - but if marshmallow fondant is rolled a little thick and left out to air dry a bit, it'll hold it's shape well.
Love the design!!! How tall does this cake end up being? I would like to try this for my
Cute cake. When you say 8” double barrell, do you mean 4, 8” cake pans? Thank you
Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by the blog. Yes, it would be 4 layers. A 2 tiered cake, but all the layers are the same size. 🙂
How big was the cake for toilet paper roll? How many layers?
It was 3 layers of 8" round cake (each appx. 2" tall).
I thought u said u made a double barrel 8 inch which to me is 4 cakes. then you said in another post it was 3 8 inch cakes.. so what is it??
I may be using the term wrong, but I consider "double barrel" any cake that's abnormally tall. For me, a normal tier is 4"-5", so when I do 3 OR 4 layers, it's over 7" tall and I consider that "double barrel".
Nadia du Toit
Hey Rose! This is a fab cake! I’m busy making one for a friend and I’m just wondering about the sides... did you emboss it with the design before of after you wrapped around the cake? And if you did it after how did you go about emossing the overhang, plap part? TYIA
I think before... it's been awhile! But I'm pretty sure I rolled out the fondant, laid a mat like this on it and rolled again for texture, then cut and applied to the side.
Hi I have to do a cake like this can u remember how high it was and did you wrap the fondent around it one go with the flap or did you do the flap separate 🙂 bricking my self something like this is out my comfort zone lol x
I think I did the flap separate, but ti's been a while!
How did you get the fondant that's danglinglike the end of the paper to hold its shape that way
Add in a little tylose. Plus homemade marshmallow fondant is a little sturdier than pre-made so it wasn't hard!