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special. Also called baby cakes, baby shower, or nappy cakes, a diaper cake does take some time to assemble, however, it's actually a very simple process that's well worth the time spent. The new mother-to-be will surely appreciate this truly unique and creative gift that can also be used as a beautiful centerpiece at the shower. Click Here for More Help on Making a Diaper Cake What You'll Need To make a three tiered diaper cake you will need: - Cake board or round piece of cardboard - About 50 cloth or disposable diapers; 6 for the top tier, 15 for the middle, and 28 for the bottom tier - Rubber bands - Double-sided tape - Wide ribbon - Narrow ribbon (or string) - Scissors - Wooden dowels or wooden rulers (2 - 4) - Baby items - small gifts for decorating and hiding inside the cake Some of the gifts that can be tucked inside of a diaper cake include: - Pacifiers - Bottles - Bibs - Wash cloths - Receiving blankets - Rattles - Baby shampoos and lotions - Parenting books or books and toys for baby - Baby clothes, sleepers, t-shirts, socks To start making the cake, begin by rolling each of the diapers, but not too tightly, and then securing them with a rubber band. Ribbon or string cut into the same lengths can also be used. Don't open any of the diapers, in fact, you'll want to try to keep them intact, with the inside staying as clean and protected as possible. The main purpose of a diaper cake, besides being a great centerpiece, is to give the new parents a supply of diapers to use when baby arrives.
Using the cardboard circle or cake board, start adding the rolled diapers beginning with one single diaper in the middle until a large ring of diapers is formed. Secure the ring with string or the ribbon. This base ring can then be secured to the cardboard with double-sided tape. Now do the same for the next two tiers of the cake, making sure to secure the rings with the ribbon. The wooden dowels or rulers are inserted down into the cake to add stability, keeping the it from collapsing or shifting. For the smallest cakes, one or two dowels should suffice while larger cakes may need as many as four, especially if the cake is being transported long distances or shipped. Now it's time to "decorate" the cake using wide ribbons in colors that match the theme of the shower, silk flowers, and of course, gifts for baby and the new parents. Helpful Hints - Plan on spending an average of two to three hours to construct your cake. - Diaper cakes can be made to resemble all types of edible cakes, although most have at least two tiers. - Ask several people to pool their money together to make an extra large cake that's filled with plenty of much needed goodies for the new mother. - For a creative touch, add a few soft baby blankets to the bottom of the cake or wrapped around the base secured with diaper pins. - Wrap the finished cake in cellophane or tulle and secure it with a fancy ribbons and bows. Click Here for More Help on Making a Diaper Cake