It's a bit harsh but it worked, 'cause let's face it, no kid wants to be the one who kills Spongebob. As kids came up the table to take a closer look at the cake, someone else will yell out if they got too close, "Careful, or you'll kill Spongebob!".............. it was music to my ears, lol. :-)
Below is a pic of Spongebob's legs before I started piling on the cake.....and the finished cake. I tell 'ya, it was really refreshing icing this cake and purposely leaving lumps and bumps under the fondant. It was also fun to be able to take a melon baller to the sides of Spongebob's body, lol.
Making Spongebob stand up wasn't too difficult, however keeping him standing up was the real challenge. This cake was well supported internally but anything that tall and narrow and most importantly, made of cake, is going to want to sway with external pressure and movement - It's just physics. And as luck would have it, the only table that was available for displaying Spongebob had one rickity leg so that the slightest nudge shook the table rather violently. With about 20 kids running around, I had to do something to minimize the risk of damage. Hmmmm......what to do, what to do.....I know!!!