A bakery on the East coast (probably one of the Carolinas) features a similar cake on its Facebook page. I live on the opposite coast, which is why I attempted to recreate the cake myself.
It’s a bit warm to be firing up the oven in Seattle so I ordered a tree stump cake from the local Safeway. What they created based on my drawing and description didn’t quite hit the mark – instead of using chocolate frosting as the bark they used white buttercream and airbrushed it “brown.” Not quite a fail, but a disappointment. I told them it was awesome, paid for it, then brought it home to fix.
Grocery store bakeries use a LOT of frosting no matter what you ask for, so my fix was easier than expected. I scooped off the frosted sides into a bowl, added cocoa and some gel coloring with a hand mixer, then piped it all back on. My pre-made figures were added later.
I did this in the interest of time. Safeway would have happily re-done the cake for me had I asked, and their cakes are delicious (the prime reason I went there), so the initial product was not technically at fault. It looked EXACTLY like the picture I drew for them. I only wish I’d used a darker brown marker to color it.