I've been waiting years to make this cake-- I just needed the perfect person (someone with a sense of humor) and the perfect situation (someone old enough where a cake like this is actually funny). I'm happy to say the perfect storm hit this Saturday!!!
With the big 4-0 approaching for one of my (many) cousins, his brothers planned a surprise party for him. I figured a cake would be a great addition to the surprise. And since my cousin is a chill, laid-back guy with a sense of humor, I knew he wouldn't mind getting a cake in the shape of a toilet paper roll.
.... and entertained with his cake!
I decided to make my cousin barefoot and wearing a wife-beater. Why?!? Because I thought it would be funny (and also a little easier). I love the power bestowed upon a cake decorator... muahahahahaha. But as you can see above, he's got a much better sense of style than his little figurine.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: its the smallest touches make the biggest difference in a cake.
It's hard to see, but by adding the bit of texture to the normally super-smooth fondant it made the fondant look much less harsh. And you'll never guess how I did it!!
For Christmas a friend gave me this gorgeous bowl...
... which just so happened to have an awesome texture on it's backside that looked a little like those flowered patterns on toilet paper.
The last little touch I added was to use a toothpick to create the seams between the squares. (Again, that happened after I took my photos.) I also wish I had a picture of the inside of the cake. Three perfect 8" layers of my Guinness chocolate cake with coffee buttercream filling (swiss meringue style, but with whole eggs instead of simply egg whites). Looked and tasted awesome, if I do say so myself.
So even though it took years before I finally had a chance to create this cake, I have to say it was worth the wait.
Yours in being patient until the time is right,