Posted by: tinkande | November 15, 2009

You can’t eat this cake…

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I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for one of my good friends a few weeks ago.  The party was held at a cute cupcake shop downtown and the setting was perfect for a shower.  I decided to add a bit to the decor by making a “cake” out of cloth diapers to give to the mom-to-be.  I had made one a few years ago for my roommate’s cousin out of disposable diapers.

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My friend plans to use cloth diapers with her baby so I made this cake with reusable items.  I thought it came out pretty well and I hope that she’ll be able to use all of the stuff.  It was a lot of fun to put together and the party was a smashing success!  We can’t wait to meet her new addition!

Large, three-tiered disposable diaper cake:
Instructions from: About.com

Supplies:
Approximately 50 medium size disposable diapers (give extras to the mom-to-be, she’s gonna need ’em!)
Large platter/cake stand/piece of cardboard to build cake on
50 small rubber bands or 70 feet of narrow ribbon for tying the rolled diapers
9 feet of wide ribbon for wrapping around the cake tiers
3 feet of narrow ribbon for tying the tiers together
One tall baby bottle
Tape
Assorted baby necessities such as pacifiers, teething rings, rattles, bibs, etc. if desired

Directions:
Roll each diaper up and secure with a rubber band or piece of ribbon. Create the largest tier using about 27 diapers arranged in a circle. To make tying them together simpler, first tie an inner circle of diapers together. Then stand another row of diapers around this circle and tie together again. Create the second tier with about 15 diapers using the same method. To create the top tier, stand five or six diapers around the baby bottle and tie them all together with the wide ribbon.

Place the largest cake tier on the platter. Using several pieces of adhesive tape on the underside of the diapers, tack them to the platter. Don’t use so much tape that the diapers will tear when the mother disassembles it. Place the second tier on top of the base and attach with tape to the lower tier. Place the smallest tier on top and attach as you did the other tiers.

Tuck the various baby accessories inside the ribbon, all around the cake. Finish the cake with the wide ribbon wrapped around each tier to help secure the accessories and provide a finishing touch.

Small three-tiered cloth diaper and wash cloth cake:
Supplies:
12 cloth diapers
6 small wash cloths
3 cloth bibs
Bubble wrap for filling the cake in where needed
Large platter/cake stand/piece of cardboard to build cake on
21 small rubber bands
6 feet of wide ribbon for wrapping around the cake tiers
Tape
Assorted baby necessities such as pacifiers, teething rings, rattles, bibs, etc. if desired

Directions:
Roll each diaper, wash cloth, and bib up and secure with a rubber band. Create the largest tier using about the 12 cloth diapers arranged in a circle. I cheated a little bit and added some rolled up pieces of bubble wrap to fill in the middle. I also used a 9-inch cake pan to help shape the diapers into a circle before tying it all together with ribbon. Create the second tier with the 6 wash cloths arranged in a circle and tied together with ribbon. Create the top tier using the 3 bibs and tie them together with ribbon as well.

Transfer the largest cake tier to the platter. Place the second and third tiers on top of the base. I didn’t use tape to attach the layers to each other because I wanted it to be easier to transport.

Tuck the various baby accessories inside the ribbon, all around the cake. Finish the cake with the wide ribbon wrapped around each tier to help secure the accessories and provide a finishing touch.

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Responses

  1. Ok, but the real question is…how were the cupcakes?

  2. The cupcakes are amazing!


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