Looking to make something special and non-traditional for your dad's next birthday or Father's Day. Make him a cake that reminds him of his favourite beverage; a cake that looks good enough to drink. And, you don't even need to be a pastry chef.
Prepare and bake the cakes according to package directions for the 8-inch round pans. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Working with one cake at a time, loosen cake with butter knife and invert onto large plate. Return cake right side up.
Using the serrated cake knife, cut the rounded top off of the cake, starting at the outermost edge and slicing straight through so that the cake's top is level. Reserve cake top for another use.
Repeat step 3 with two of the remaining three cakes, so that you have three level cake layers. Leave one cake uncut.
Unroll the rolled fondant. Using butter knife and ruler, cut fondant into 1-inch strips along the length of the fondant until you have about 12 strips. You should still have some fondant left over.
Remove four or five of the crispy rice marshmallow treats from the box and wrappers. Using clean hands, shape the treats into a C-shaped "beer mug handle."
Wrap the handle completely in fondant. Set aside.
Frost the tops of the three, flat layers of cake. Place one layer on top of the other and top with the fourth cake layer to form a large cylinder-shaped with a rounded top (This will be a LARGE mug).
Frost the cake all around with the remaining frosting.
Place fondant strips vertically along the sides of the cake about 2 inches apart. This should use about eight strips. Take two of the remaining four strips and place around the bottom of the cake on top of the fondant strips and press to adhere. Repeat this process with the last two strips.
Cut or break two 3-inch pieces off of the wooden dowel. Press one piece of wooden dowel into one end of the "handle" leaving about 11/2-inch sticking out. Repeat with the other piece of wooden dowel into the other end of the "handle." Insert the "handle" into one side of the cake, making sure it is stable and secure.
Top the cake with the extra creamy whipped topping so that the beer mug looks freshly poured and frothy.
When choosing a frosting for this recipes, remember that you are trying to make it look like a full mug of beer, so choose frosting that is an appropriate colour. Try dark chocolate frosting for a full-bodied Guinness look. Or maybe caramel or butterscotch for a light beer. You can also tint cans of vanilla frosting with brown paste colouring for a similar effect.
This recipe has a mature theme which would not be appropriate for a young child's birthday.