Taking a page out of Marie Antoinette's book, Dallas-area bakers are helping residents deal with the toilet paper pandemic by turning it into cake.
The London Baker, a bakery in Lewisville's Castle Hills Village Shops known for its elaborate cake sculptures, has introduced two new Quarantine Cakes shaped like toilet paper rolls with nicknames like "#Surviving2020" and "Survival Kit."
A six-inch cake costs $45 for popular non-premium flavors including Wedding Cake, Strawberry Bliss, and Double Dutch Chocolate. Premium and boozy flavors cost a little extra.
Located at the Castle Hills Village Shops, at 2540 King Arthur Blvd., London Baker is from cake artist Elizabeth Rowe, originally of Essex, England, who opened her bakery in Fort Worth in 2016 before relocating to the Castle Hills Village Shops in 2018. She has appeared on national cooking shows like Food Network's Cake Wars.
"I think it's so important to find or create joy in a dark situation, that’s why I do what I do," Rowe says in a statement. "We always try to enhance happiness and make people's celebrations better through laughter – quarantine is no exception. All of us here at The Village Shops are doing what we can to continue serving the community we’re part of. Cakes and cookies make people happy, so like Marie Antoinette once said, Let them eat cake!"
Rowe is not alone: During these coronavirus times, toilet paper cakes have become a national phenomenon, says Food & Wine magazine. The cylindrical shape of a cake is a ringer for a roll of toilet paper.
Other area bakers who've crafted cakes with a toilet paper theme include Loft22 Cakes in Fort Worth, who are doing a series of cakes including one with a convincing circular swirl on top that sure looks like the real thing. Their other cakes boast COVID-19 messages on top like "Don't Touch Your Face" and "Wash Your Hands."
They come in three flavors, white/funfetti, chocolate, and red velvet and are $50.
"The quarantine cakes have been a huge hit, and honestly have been our saving grace this past week," Loft22 owner Tareka Lofton says.