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Poop . . . CAKE!?
Now, I know that normally the words “poop” and “cake” are not something you see together in the same sentence.
But “funny chocolate cake?”
I could get behind that.
We’ve been celebrating the kids’ birthdays this week and our birthday conversations seem to inevitably circle back to the epic Poop Cake that I made a couple of years ago for my husband’s birthday.
It left quite an impression.
But it was also SO easy to make. And if you follow my blog you know that my favorite type of recipes are the easy ones – that also happen to be delicious.
I’m sharing the process today more than an actual recipe (um, it was totally a box mix). But if you know anyone who is a fan of toilet humor and chocolate, then you’ll definitely want to try this out. It’s pretty much a guaranteed hit.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box chocolate cake mix (I like this one)
3 tubs chocolate icing (like these)
1 tube decorating icing (like this)
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Plastic toy toilet (we used this wrestling toy toilet)
Candles (optional numbers like this)
Another thing I should mention is that we freely curse in my house. So, yeah, the cake says “crap,” but if you’re uncomfortable with that, you can totally sanitize it for any kiddos around. Or not.
Depending on your normal vocabulary, here are three options:
“Holy Crap, You’re Old!”
“Holy Shit, You’re Old!”
“Holy Poop, You’re Old!” (This one gets the message across to kids but adults still get the underlying double entendre.)
I will warn you: if you jump in and fully commit to making a cake covered in poo, kids will ask why. They’ll want to be in on the joke. For us, this was no issue at all. Crap=Poop and dayum my hubby is old. It’s the big 4-0! Holy shit!
Some of the other gifts and decor mimicked this phrase. I did manage to find this one that managed to match the sentiment of the cake perfectly:
I can’t find this particular poop squishy for sale anymore but here’s a similar one.
I also found poop emoji Easter eggs (the popularity of the poop emoji in recent years helped greatly with decorating!)
The rest of the signs and banners and streamers generally matched the color scheme: black with touches of gold and silver. I kept all of that fairly neutral so the focus would be on the humorous pieces.
Oh and that toy toilet? We didn’t just throw it out afterwards. It was an accessory for wrestling figurines so it happened to fit perfectly in the Barbie house. Dual purpose, yo.
So, how did I put together the cake?
Good question. This playful hunk of deliciousness was a pretty straightforward process. Check out the supplies I listed above. Most should be available in your local grocery store and you’re not making anything from scratch here so it shouldn’t be overwhelming.
And remember – always remember – homemade doesn’t have to look perfect! (Especially if it’s swirls of poo. Just saying.)
Step one: make the cake. Follow the package directions to make two 8-inch rounds of cake and let them cool completely. If they puffed up too much with big round tops, trim them flat. If they’re mostly flat already, just leave them as they are.
I suggest getting 3 tubs of pre-made icing, though you may be able to get by with two. I tend to be a bit paranoid about running out of things mid-cooking while prepping for parties so sometimes I overestimate. Besides, those things are shelf stable.
Here’s one of the fun parts. I forgot to photograph the inside of this cake (or a slice) but there’s an extra layer of chocolatey goodness. I did show pics on my post about the Merida cake I made, so check out those photo examples here. Essentially, place one layer on a plate or cardboard tray, and smear chocolate icing all over it. Then sprinkles those milk chocolate chips over the icing. Then take the other layer of cake, flip it so the flat bottom is now up, and place it on top.
Those chocolate chips inside add extra flavor and texture. I totally recommend it.
Now that you’ve got the basic cake base, spread chocolate icing over the whole thing. Before it sits too long and starts to harden, take handfuls of the chocolate sprinkles and press them into the side of the cake.
Next, scoop some of the icing into a decorating bag or a gallon sized plastic bag with one corner snipped off. Make the poop decorations by swirling the bag as you squeeze out the tiny piles along the top.
I also put one big pile right behind where I placed the number candles.
The final step is the decorations and text. Press the toy toilet into the cake, add the number candles if you’re using them, and write out your message with some decorating icing.
Then dump a handful of miniature chocolate chips into the open toy toilet and voila – a mildly inappropriate but wildly entertaining birthday cake!
Nothing left but to blow out the candles and enjoy.
If you make your own, please share with me! Leave a comment here or post a pic on my Facebook page.