I am hosting a baby shower this weekend, and I decided to make a Diaper Cake to place on the gift table as a centerpiece. I did this for a shower I hosted about 3 years ago, and afterwards I had SO MANY people ask me how I made the diaper cake that I decided that this time around I would do a DETAILED blog with step by step instructions.
To get started, you will need some disposable diapers, rubber bands. I also like to get an tray to use to put the cake on to make it easier to move around. If you don't want to use a tray, you could cut a piece of cardboard the size you will need. This tray is about 16" in diameter, and I will be making a 4 tiered cake.
How many diapers will you need? Well, that depends on how many layers you want to do on your cake. I have done a diagram of how many diapers I used on each layer. The numbers represent how many diapers you need for each layer, so if you were making a 2 tiered cake you would need a total of 26 diapers. Three tiered cake would be 64 diapers total. The four tiered cake I am making will need a total of 127 diapers. I suggest purchasing a case of diapers if you will be making a larger cake.
I do like that most diapers will indicate right on them what size they are. In the diaper in the picture to the left, you can see there is a 2 in the circle.
The next part of the process is the most time consuming . . . rolling up all of those diapers! I like to take a stack of them when I sit down at night to watch television and roll them. It is something that you can do without much thought so it is good "television work".
Now, if the image that is printed on the diaper happens to match the theme of the Baby Shower, and you want to roll them so the front side is showing, that is fine . . . I have seen some done this way also, but for my purpose the image would clash with the theme of the shower so I like to roll them to have a nice white diaper and then I can decorate it with any colors and images I want.
Once you have several rolled up you will have a pile like this . . .
The next step is building the tiers of the cake. Because I don't want this post to get too long, I will show you that part tomorrow.