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Baby Shower Diaper Cakes, in Pictures

Updated on April 25, 2011

Diaper Cakes 101

Ah, the diaper cake ... an impressive gift that turns out to be within anyone's capabilities. Oh yes, that means you!

You can go cloth or disposable — just ask mamma first — one tier or three tier, 50 diapers or 300 (gulp!) diapers. The basics? Diapers, a display tray or cardboard round, lots and lots of rubber bands and some time!

After that, it's all about the fun stuff: beautiful ribbon, fun little gifts, and astounding the world with your boundless creativity and skill.

Read on, and watch one or two of the brilliant little how-to videos below, and you'll find yourself an expert in the time it takes to sip a cup of coffee.

Diaper Cake Themes

Once you've built the basics, it's great fun to design your cake around a theme. Here are some popular ones that grace baby showers all across the land:

Lion cubs, elephants, giraffes, baby duckies, rocking horses and teddies; frogs, monkeys, lambs, baby cows, baseballs and baby bees; bunnies, butterflies, kittens, ladybugs and ballerinas.

The Indispensable "How to Make a Diaper Cake" video

Don't waste another minute scratching your head and trying to follow arcane text directions on a project this complicated. (Most of the articles don't even have photos!)

Instead, kick back and watch this great video that shows a simple 'candlestick' method for making a diaper cake that looks like a pro did it. From exactly how to roll the diapers (a great trick: use clear rubber bands!) to really setting off the final project, it's all covered here!

Decorating Your Diaper Cake

There's no end of ingenuity when it comes to taking a diaper cake from good to great. Here are some popular ways to add zing to your creation:

  • Beloved books, like Dr. Seuss or Goodnight Moon: stack between layers!

  • Waterfall of silk flowers (just like the fanciest wedding cakes).

  • "Mod Mom" ribbon: poppy, geometric ribbons with pink and brown polka dots, for example.

  • Small stuffed animals: tucked into layers or tied to the sides.

  • Booties, bibs, receiving blankets.

  • Pacifiers, teething rings, rattles, and socks (turn baby socks into sock roses: learn how below!).

  • Wooden monogram letters

As for toppers, some beloved choices include:

  • Baby lotion or shampoos, tied with a pretty sheer ribbon

  • Baby bottles filled with sweet treats for Mom

  • Small stuffed animal, like a teddy or frog

  • Wooden spoon with a "Baby on Board" sign attached

For the final touch? Raise your creation on a cake stand, and surround with a ring of favors for your guests!

Pigs and Nappies and Diaper Cakes, Oh My!

Don't let a a little Kiwi color throw you off; this ultra-creative New Zealander shows how to 'bake' up a kickin' three tier cake after only having seen them on the internet!

She's a natural, though, and she shows just how to create a smooth-edged, superb-looking cake in which every single item's a practical gift for Mom. Bonus? Learn how to make roses out of baby socks, "candles" out of face towels, and a super-clever use for a wooden spoon!

Diaper Cake Poems

Many triumphant diaper cake designers want to tack on a little poem that helps explain the intricacies of their creation, or at least point out the highlights. Here are a few widely-used ones:

By Laura Kaye

1) Here's a special gift I made just for you.

I didn't have to sew or even use glue,

It's filled with lots of things you see,

But most of all with love from me!

2) Here's a cake for your special day,

Because the stork is on her way.

It's filled with lots of things for you,

On the outside, and inside, too.

Place them in your diaper bag,

So all the necessities you will have.

For the big day soon will come,

When you can show off your little one!

Tami Enos

6 Cloth Diapers, you can wash every day

6 More Diapers, you can throw away

Fold in 1 bib, in case baby should dribble

Add in 4 socks, to cover toes as they wiggle

Fold in 1 shirt (onsie), to keep in the heat

Bind with 4 pins, to keep the cake neat


Here is a cake made with love,

though I wouldn't call it yummy.

For the ingredients used go on the baby,

not inside your tummy.

Flour, sugar, milk, and eggs

will make a cake so sweet,

But diapers, booties, and baby socks

will make a handy treat.

Diaper Cake Trivia

Q) Who did that famous diaper cake that Carrie brought for Miranda's baby shower on Sex & The City?

A) BabyCakes, a successful small business run by mom-preneur Charlotte Fawkes out of Denver, Colorado.

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      6 years ago

      Nice and creative baby gifts ! These are original and different, im sure all mothers will like them !

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      7 years ago

      I'm not sure mine would look as good as these, but it is such a clever idea. Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      cool stuff! My best selling items are diaper cakes. It is time I created some designs myself! I do everything else :-)

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      9 years ago

      Hi Blakekr,

      Wow, those are really nice and beautiful diaper cakes.

      Thanks for sharing with us.

      I personally owned a blog talking about diaper cake instructions too,

      Therefore, I know about making diaper cakes as well. Sometimes it really needs to have a lot of determination and creativity to make it. However, once you knew how to make it, you can make it fast and decorate it beautifully.

      All the best!

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      9 years ago

      Diaper cakes. This is a great idea.

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      So that's how they do that ... I love these diaper cakes (making one with cloth diapers this fall).

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens. I loved the poem!

      How To Make A Diaper Cake

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      10 years ago

      these are so great. who knew diapers could be so cute and interesting

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      10 years ago

      Welcome to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group

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      5 stars for your great lens! Love the great pictures!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, keep up the good work!

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      10 years ago

      What a great lens. The baby diaper cake poem is adorable. Thank you!

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      10 years ago

      I love making them. You have some really cute ones here.

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      10 years ago

      Great ideas here, love the creativity! Your lens would be a great addition to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group

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      Feel free to add it anytime!

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      10 years ago

      This was an awesome site. I will send all my pregnant friends here...well, their friends/relatives...for the most wonderful ideas and instructions. Can't thank you enough!

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      11 years ago

      I make diaper cakes for every shower I go too and they are always the talk of the shower. I love doing it too. It is so fun picking out all the stuff to decorate it. Great job on your page!


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