Baby Shower Cake
by Rachel Johnson
Creating an unusually beautiful baby shower cake
Every expectant mother has an edible cake at her baby shower, and the hostess may spend hundreds of dollars on it, but after it’s eaten it has no use! Once the cake is cut into it’s not pretty, and everyone will soon forget the expensive cake!
So, if you’re hosting a baby shower go to the bakery and order a nice cake, but nothing overly extravagant. Or, ask the mother to be if she’d rather have cupcakes than a typical baby shower cake. Her answer just might surprise you and save you a few bucks.
This is where you get to knock the socks off the mother to be! You are still going to make her a baby shower cake it just won’t be edible! It will actually come in very handy over the coming weeks! It’s a diaper cake! And, what’s great about this is that it can double as your gift to the mother to be, as well as serving as a beautiful centerpiece.
To assemble the perfect diaper baby shower cake you’ll need:
· About fifty medium size disposable diapers. You might want to have a few extra because sizes vary by brand, and any extras can be given to the mom to be.
· A large platter to build the baby shower cake on. A sixteen inch disposable platter will work. Most party stores carry a cardboard variation that is cheap and is ideal.
· 70 feet of ribbon (preferably narrow) for tying the rolled diapers. You’ll need one foot of ribbon per diaper, and then some to tie the tiers together. Pick pink or blue, or a favorite color of the mom to be. Or, something to go with the theme of the nursery.
· 8 feet of 1-inch wide ribbon for decorating the tiers after they are assembled.
· One tall (8-12oz) baby bottle.
· Small candies to fill the baby bottle.
· Adhesive tape.
· Assorted baby items such as teething rings, combs, brushes, bibs, pacifiers, etc.
The first step to creating a beautiful diaper baby shower cake:
This is the most time consuming portion of this special baby shower cake assembly.
· Cut 28 feet of the narrow ribbon into one-foot strips.
· You need to decide if you want the printed decoration on the diaper to show on the cake. If you do want it to show, roll each diaper from the fold outwards, keeping the decoration on the outside. If you do not want it to show, roll the decoration on the inside.
· Tie each rolled diaper with a strip of the narrow ribbon.
The next step is assembling your diaper baby shower cake. An extra pair of hands for assembly may be useful!
This diaper baby shower cake has three tiers. Starting with the top tier is the easiest.
· Fill the baby bottle with the small candies. Stand five or six diapers around the bottle and tie them very tightly around the bottle with a strip of the narrow ribbon.
· Create the second tier with approximately fifteen diapers. Again, tie them tightly together with a strip of the narrow ribbon.
· Create the third and largest tier of the cake using about twenty-seven diapers. Tie an inner circle of the diapers together first, to make the tying easier. Then, stand the final row of diapers around this circle and tie them off once again.
The best part of assembling the diaper bridal shower cake! Decorating!!
· Place the largest cake tier on the platter. Use several pieces of adhesive tape on the underside of the diapers to tack them to the platter. Don’t use too much tape, or the diapers will tear when the mother to be disassembles it.
· Place the second tier on top of the base and attach with adhesive tape to the bottom tier.
· Place the top tier on top and attach with adhesive tape to the middle tier.
· Place the various baby accessories inside ribbons all around the cake. Be sure the accessories fit snuggly, or tie with more ribbon to keep them from falling off.
· Finish the cake with the one-inch ribbon wrapped around each tier to help secure the diapers and accessories, as well as provide a finishing touch.
There you have it! You just created the most beautiful decoration, gift and baby shower cake your mom to be will receive! Make sure to tell her everything on your special baby shower cake is useable!
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