toilet paper cake

Toilet Paper Cake Recipe

Cake Base

  1. All-Purpose Flour – 3 cups (360g)
  2. Granulated Sugar – 1.5 cups (300g)
  3. Baking Powder – 1 tablespoon (15g)
  4. Salt – 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g)
  5. Unsalted Butter (room temperature) – 1 cup (226g)
  6. Eggs (large, room temperature) – 4
  7. Vanilla Extract – 2 teaspoons (10ml)
  8. Buttermilk (room temperature) – 1 cup (240ml)


  1. Unsalted Butter (softened) – 1.5 cups (339g)
  2. Powdered Sugar – 6 cups (720g), sifted
  3. Heavy Cream – 6 tablespoons (90ml)
  4. Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon (5ml)
  5. Salt – 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g)

Fondant (for details)

  1. White Fondant – 2 lbs (900g)
  2. Black Fondant – 1/4 lb (113g) for details

Edible Paint (for realistic texture)

  1. Gel Food Coloring (brown and gray shades)
  2. Vodka or Lemon Extract – as needed (for thinning the paint)

Additional Tools and Ingredients

  1. Round Cake Pans (9-inch diameter)
  2. Piping Bags and Tips
  3. Rolling Pin (for fondant)
  4. Paintbrushes (food-safe, for edible paint)
  5. Cake Board or Platter
  6. Cornstarch (for dusting the fondant)

Assembly and Decoration

  1. Toilet Paper Roll Core: Cylinder-shaped cake dowel or fondant-covered foam cylinder
  2. Texture Tools (for imprinting paper texture on fondant)

Remember, the key to a super realistic cake is in the fine details, like the texture and color of the toilet paper roll. Once you have all the ingredients ready, the next step is to bake the cake, sculpt it into shape, cover it with fondant, and add the realistic details with edible paint.

Baking the Cake

  1. Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare Pans: Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Combine with Dry Ingredients: Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to the butter mixture, starting and ending with dry ingredients.
  7. Bake: Divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool: Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Making the Frosting

  1. Beat Butter: In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  2. Add Powdered Sugar: Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add Cream and Vanilla: Beat in heavy cream and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Adjust consistency with more cream if necessary.

Assembling the Cake

  1. Trim Cakes: Level the tops of the cakes with a knife or cake leveler.
  2. Stack and Frost: Place one cake layer on a cake board. Spread a layer of frosting on top, then place the second layer on top. Apply a thin layer of frosting all over the cake as a crumb coat. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Cover with Fondant: Roll out white fondant to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Carefully drape over the cake, smoothing out any wrinkles or air bubbles.
  4. Shape Toilet Paper Roll Core: Use a cylinder-shaped object (cake dowel or fondant-covered foam) to represent the core. Cover it with brown fondant for a cardboard-like appearance.

Adding Realistic Details

  1. Texture the Fondant: Use texture tools or a toothpick to create the characteristic embossed pattern of toilet paper on the fondant.
  2. Paint for Realism: Mix gel food coloring with a bit of vodka or lemon extract to create edible paint. Use this to add shadows and highlights on the fondant to mimic the look of a toilet paper roll.

Final Touches

  1. Position the Core: Place the fondant-covered core in the center of the cake.
  2. Detailing: Use black fondant to create any additional details or text you might find on a toilet paper roll.


  1. Display: Place the cake on a suitable display stand or cake board.
  2. Serve: Use a sharp knife to cut the cake, revealing the delicious interior.

Remember, the key to success in this project is patience and attention to detail, especially when applying the fondant and painting it to look like toilet paper. Enjoy the process and the surprise of your guests when they realize it’s a cake!