Sunday, August 19, 2007

How To Make Diaper Cakes - For A Baby Shower - Basic Recipe

Here is a basic recipe and how to make a diaper cake.

First thing you need to do is decide on a theme, that will help determine the types of items you will purchase and colors. Also you might want to check out these step-by-step video tutorial after reading through these instructions to help put it all together. Again making diaper cakes yourself is going to save you a lot of money.


  • 40-50 small diapers
  • 1 burp cloth
  • 2 baby towels (or receiving blankets)
  • 1 baby bottle
  • 3 – 4 diaper pins
  • Baby items of your choice – pacifiers, teething rings, rattles, baby brushes, etc
  • 1 cake plate – plastic or one cut out of cardboard
  • Rubber bands – the clear kind
  • Scotch tape (clear, heavy duty)
  • Colored ribbon (color will depend on your theme, I also prefer the curling kind)
  • Cake Topper – a small stuff animal or baby keepsake item

The Base Layer

Begin by taking 20 diapers and rolling them around the baby bottle. Just continue doing that for all 20 diapers, rolling and placing them around the bottle. Then use some strong scotch tape or clear rubber bands to hold the diapers together. When you are done, you have just created the first layer of your cake.

The Middle Layer

You are going to create the second layer, just like you did the first layer. This layer is going to be smaller as it will sit on top of the base layer. You will only use about 10-15 diapers for this layer – wrapping them around each other until you reach the desired width for this layer. Secure the diapers with tape or rubber bands.

The Top Layer

Again creating this layer that same of the other two layers. This is going to be even smaller – using about 5 diapers round. Secure the diapers with tape or rubber bands.


Now fold a baby towel or receiving blanket to match the width of the base layer of the cake and wrap it around. Use the diaper pin to secure this in place. You will do this again for the second layer – fold receiving blanket, wrap and pin. Now for the third layer you will use the smaller burp cloth and wrap it around the top layer and pin.

Take the ribbon (the color of you choice and preferably the curling kind) and tie it around each layer, leaving a little extra at the ends to be curled. Your small baby items will be used for decoration. Take those items and tuck them behind the ribbon all around the sides and on each layer.

Then add your small stuff animal or baby keepsake item that you want as a topper onto the top of the cake.

Congratulations! You have just learned how to make diaper cakes, now just repeat for the next baby shower.

Below is an fantastic example of a fancier baby shower diaper cake. If you want to learn how to make this cake and others like it - then I suggest checking out the "How To Make A Diaper Cake" step by step videos.

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