For your next adult birthday party, a toilet cake might fit the situation. I have made several of these cakes and guests seem to enjoy them. The last toilet cake I made was for a son-in-law who had just graduated from plumbing classes. The toilet cake was a perfect match for the graduation.
Toilet cakes are easy to make. The cost of this recipe is minimal. Construction of the toilet cake is simple and involves little time or effort. The photographs I have included in this recipe are for the plumber's graduation toilet cake but the recipe and design are easily altered for birthday's or other special occasions.
Construction of the toilet cake
To create your toilet cake, you will need to begin with a box. The box that I traditionally use is a Pamper's box or one of that size. A shoe box lid needs to fit fairly tight on the top of the large box. These two items form the toilet tank which will be the backdrop for your cake.
Once you have located a box and shoe box lid that fit together nicely, cover each with white or marbled shelving paper. I've used both and they each looked nice.
An opened end on the large box should be on top. The shoe box lid will cover the open space and makes a perfect way to secure the toilet handle or work with the shelving paper.
After the boxes are covered, place the shoe box lid on top of the box.
Using a new toilet handle, force the handle inside of the box. This creates the handle on the toilet tank and makes the cake a bit more realistic. From the inside of the large box, tape or other fasteners can be utilized to keep the handle in place.
I usually attach a half-used roll of toilet paper on the lid to make the toilet idea realistic. Masking tape can be doubled over and placed under the toilet paper to help secure it to the lid.
Glue, tape or even staples can secure the box on to a piece of plywood that is covered with the shelving paper. If plywood is not available, a large cake board can be placed under the box and attached to the tank. When the tank is not attached to the board, it can be set on the board after transporting the cake to the location of the party.
1 cake mix
1 horseshoe cake pan
Blue gel (buy in tubes in most stores)
1 Baby Ruth candy bar
White frosting (buttercream can be used but add white coloring)
Writing tip of desired size
Star tip of desired size
Eggs and oil, plus enough water to make the cake mix
Create your toilet cake
Mix and bake the cake mix according to directions. Ensure the beating time is followed closely to get a light, fluffy cake.
After the cake cools, flop it upside down on a cake board or large platter. Flip it again to have access to the top of the cake. With a knife, cut the top of the cake to create a uniform surface.
Once the cake is flat on both sides, flip it upside down again on the permanent board. Frost the top and add another layer, repeating the cutting process.
"Dirty" frost the cakes to get rid of unwanted crumbs in the final layer of frosting. Freeze the cake layers if needed.
Squeeze blue gel inside the horseshoe design. This will create the water inside the toilet. Just before the presentation of the cake, lay the Baby Ruth candy bar in the center of the gel. For a birthday, write the passing age of the party girl or boy on the candy bar, giving the sense of "goodbye" to the passing of that age. The new age you are celebrating can be written on the top of the "toilet seat."
Add "stars" around the bottom of the cake. Don't worry about the inside, as the blue gel covers it.
For final touches, write, "Another year flushed down the toilet," along the top of the "seat." For my cousin, John, I wrote, "Another year flushed down the John." Write the appropriate saying for your gathering on the top.
I have added a cardboard cutout for the lid of the toilet in past presentations. This looks great, but a small piece of candy or the hardware for a spacer between the cake and toilet seat need to be added. I've used Nicco candy and I've also purchased the hardware for an actual lid spacer. Place one protection piece on the cake and line it up with the piece on the inside of the toilet lid. I cut the cardboard to allow for a small portion to be used to staple it on the front of the tank to keep it in place. Cover the lid with the shelving paper too. With or without the toilet lid, the cake is fun.
Bring plenty of Baby Ruth bars if the party has several children. In my experience, children normally get a kick out of the candy in the center of the toilet. I've had to bring several to give to other children too.