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How to Make a Diaper Cake

Katlyn Joy |15, November 2010


How to Make a Diaper Cake

A diaper cake is a popular centerpiece and gift for baby showers. Nope, not a diaper-shaped cake to eat. A diaper cake is composed of diapers and other baby gifts, rolled and stacked to resemble a tier cake, or sometimes some other baby-themed object.

Before beginning a diaper cake, find out if the expectant or new mother prefers cloth, disposable or a combination. You'll need a decent amount of diapers, but buying a package or two of disposables is a nice number to start with and see how things come together. If you are getting cloth diapers, you might want to throw in a few patterned ones for some pizazz in the cake pattern. Some people use only newborn diapers, but babies do grow out of these quickly so consider getting the next size up.

You will also need rubber bands. Clear ones look nicest and can be found in hair accessories at the department store. For your base you can use a circular cardboard base, or a cheap pizza pan or some similar item. Ribbons to match the theme will be decorative touches for your cake. Most people go with the traditional pastel blue, pink or yellow but a minty green or other combinations can work too.
Lots of baby showers today involve men and women, so try not to go overboard with the dainty shades if men will be attending.

You'll roll each individual diaper, assemble the rolled diapers into a circular shape and secure with a larger rubber band. The largest tier will be the base layer, the next one up will be smaller and so on. Most people opt for one to three layers. Small wooden dowels can be inserted between diapers to connect the layers. It's probably a good idea to have at least two people working together so as to not get overwhelmed trying to hold it all together.

The top tier will feature your cake topper. This could be stuffed animals, rattles, rubber duckies, baby shoes nearly anything that fits the baby theme for the shower can be made to work as a topper. You'll want to choose items that match the cake and party decoration colors, too.

An alternate method for cake building is to place a plastic baby bottle in the center of each layer and attach the rolled diapers around the bottle. Another option is to buy hat boxes and roll diapers around the outer edges of the circular box. It will mean fewer diapers to buy, and you might stuff the boxes with assorted baby gifts if desired.

Now that you have the basic idea of how to build a cake, here is a list of possible themes or embellishments for the diaper cake. Use your imagination though and create your own one-of-a-kind diaper cake for the baby shower.

Diaper Cake Theme Ideas

  • Baby bath theme complete with matching baby washcloths, rubber duckies, baby bath products and related products.
  • Teddy bear theme with bears adorning the topper, and matching ribbons and decorations.
  • Yummy cake with baby spoons, bottles, bibs and dishes.
  • Nighty-night cake with moon and stars, pacifiers, blankies and such.
  • Doll baby cake, with a doll for a topper with assorted little dolls in the decorations and ribbons encircling the cake.
  • Noah's ark cake with assorted little animal toys or animal patterned ribbons and decorations.
  • Sports cake with a little baseball cap, tiny bat or balls around the topper and ribbons to match a favorite team.
  • ABC cake with little baby blocks theme, spell out b-a-b-y on the topper.
  • Patterns like polka dots, stripes or checks.
  • Trucks, cars and planes make a cute themed diaper cake for a baby boy shower.
  • Diaper cakes can be shaped to look like a bootie, a doll or an angel. Some are shaped like animals. Experiment!
  • Characters like Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Curious George or specific animals like cows, unicorns, ponies or ducks make cute themes as well.
Katlyn Joy is a freelance writer, and just graduated with a Master's of Arts in Creative Writing. She is mom to seven children, and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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