The Diaper Cake is the Mother of all Cakes at a baby shower. Cute little piles of diapers all bundled and covered in ribbons – to look like a multi-tiered cake. It’s irresistible!
But how does a person make a diaper cake without spending hours rolling and tying up all those little diapers? The method shown below will have you on your way to diaper cake greatness in minutes. And the mom-to-be will appreciate being able to easily slip the diaper gift into her diaper basket. As a bonus, this pretty and simple diaper cake will make a great centerpiece for your tables or dessert spread, doubling as decoration for the baby shower you are throwing!
- 50 (approximately) Diapers, any size
- Cake pans in at least 2 sizes
- Rubber bands
- Cardboard tube
- Silk flowers
The cake pans you will need to make this diaper cake aren’t going to be gifted with the cake itself. They’ll just be used as a mold to make assembly easier. Create as many layers as you want, just make sure the cake pan sizes are graduated.
Start making your diaper cake by laying each diaper on its side (folded end out) and pressing against the side of the pan. Continue to layer the diaper until the cake pan is full.
Tuck the final few diapers behind the first diapers you put in, so you form a spiral in the pan.
Place the cardboard tube in the center of the diapers where the hole has formed. You can use an empty paper towel or wrapping paper roll—whatever is handy! If you’re using more than two layers, a paper towel roll will probably not be long enough. The tube serves as the structure that keeps the cake together, so it will need to be long enough to thread through all the layers.
Stretch a rubber band around the diapers while they are still in the pan.
Gently remove the diapers from the pan.
To make sure all those diapers are extra secure while you’re decorating your “cake” add a few more rubber bands around the diapers.
Repeat the layering/rubber band process with the other layers of the diaper cake.
After your second diaper cake layer is rubber banded, thread the layer onto the paper tube through the hole in the center.
If there is any excess cardboard tube sticking out the top of the cake, trim it off and tuck it down inside the diapers.
Now your diaper cake is ready for decorating! This is really a blank canvas for you to decorate. You can make washcloth rosettes, tie on pacifiers, wrap in baby blankets…really, anything baby-related works well on a diaper cake. For the cake shown in these photos, we are used ribbon and silk flowers because this cake is intended to be a centerpiece. For as quick and easy as they are to put together, it’s possible to create several diaper cakes for your party.
Wrap a wide ribbon around the center and securely fasten. Hot glue will be best, but you can also use a sturdy tape. Cut off the rubber bands once the ribbon is firmly adhered.
Add a silk flower to the top and sides of the cake by gently pinning or gluing them in. You just want to make sure the removal is easy for the mom so the diapers can be used.