Sharon & AlwaysSpecial.co.uk

How to make Towel/nappy cakes

When I first started playing with the idea of Always Special I was very keen on creating Nappy cakes. I had seen a few nappy cakes on the web….and they seemed very popular in the US often the centre piece of a Baby shower party – which I am led to believe have been around for centuries and are a tradition in many societies: however the origin is actually unknown. It is a wonderful way for friends and family to  share the excitement with mum-to-be, calm the new parent as she approaches the final few weeks of her pregnancy and offer advice and words of wisdom….also help with the expense of having a new baby by bringing baby shower gifts.

Many hospitals now in the UK are banning “real flowers” so these nappy cakes are a beautiful gift that can be placed on display…

 

Baby Girl Nappy Cake

Baby Girl Nappy Cake

Having had four children…I was determined to build all my nappy cakes with products that could be used….there are many on the market that have “dummies” (none of my babies have had a dummy!!) and well known baby Products in like Johnson’s….(most mums will be stocked up on what product they are going to use anyway) So I started my search for “products” that were different….but totally useful

I came across Baby Angel Wings……a towel/apron that wraps around mum’s (or dad’s) neck. when baby is finished bathing you gently lift out and then snuggle the apron’s wings around the baby…..no messing or struggling with a juggling act…..BABY VERSES TOWEL …..how many times have I struggled with a towel tucked under my chin and a slippery baby….

Our Angel-Wings Apron

Our Angel-Wings Apron

Chiggs baby feeding cards were another discovery for me…..a great invention…Remember those hazy nights and days of “when did I give baby that last feed?” “was it 2.30 0r 3.30?” well Chiggs have come up with feeding cards….where you simply turn the dial for a clear reminder of the last feed…

The list is endless…..my research took months but eventually I created my “nappy cake” in two forms…. regular and deluxe.

Deluxe Baby Girl Nappy cake

Deluxe Baby Girl Nappy cake

 Deluxe nappy cake "Exploded"

How to make a nappy cake….

Well that was where the real work set in…..there was not much information out there…. So for what seemed like an eternity I set about playing with nappies!!!

I always use size 3….either pampers or huggies (I have never used anything else and my babes have never had sore bottoms….so I went with what I was comfortable with) I use size 3 because this means new mum/dad have not got a packet of small nappies on their hands should they have a big baby!! (my baby number two was over ten pound!!!  newborn nappies were a joke!!!) or chose not to unwrap the cake immediately

Instructions for making a nappy cake.

1. Each nappy is rolled and secured with an elastic band…

Rolling the nappy

Rolling the nappy

Secure with an elastic band

Secure with an elastic band

 

2.place six of the rolled nappies, standing up on their ends, together and secure them with a larger elastic band. I always centre my nappies  around a Newborn Brush and comb set

Six nappies - first inner layer

Six nappies - first inner layer

3. place a further twelve nappies around the six and secure these with an elastic band

The outer layer of 12 nappies

The outer layer of 12 nappies

that is the first layer complete.

Now many nappy cakes are decorated with ribbon and presented with the nappies visible and they look lovely, but I wanted to go one step further and cover my “cakes” in “icing” so I drape the sleep-suits/vests or the (deluxe version) bathing apron/blanket over the first layer, and secure with ribbons…..personally I love the idea of the new parents opening the cake to discover all the goodies hidden inside…

Cake iced in Baby Clothes

Cake iced in Baby Clothes

4. If you are attempting a second layer….then roll six further nappies and secure on top of the first layer…I always use elastic bands in both my nappy cakes and towel cakes. (I pricked my finger so many times when practicing the with the cakes that I ditched all sharp objects!!!)

The 2nd layer

The 2nd layer

 The second layer is then “iced” in either a facecloth or (deluxe version) a fluffy baby blanket and topped with a cuddly toy

When you are happy that the structure is fine….you can start to add the finishing touches…..ribbons, flowers, butterflies…..let your imagination run…….

Add finishing touches

Add finishing touches

 

Wrap the entire nappy cake in clear cellophane and secure with a pull-bow…..

Finished product

Finished product

These nappy cakes look absolutely stunning when they are finished and are much nicer than handing a wrapped parcel of baby clothes over to the new parents….

…. if you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me….or leave a message.

 

Have fun…….;O)

 

cheers Sharon

 

www.alwaysspecial.co.uk

 

How to make Towel cakes…

There are many different ways that people make Towel cakes….I like to keep it simple. ;o)

So I’ll try to keep my instructions simple:

FOR A BASIC ONE LAYERED TOWEL CAKE.

INGREDIENTS.

Two Bath towels

One Cake Board

Insert of one toilet/kitchen roll

Large elastic bands

 

INSTRUCTIONS.

  1. Lay the bath towel out and fold length ways into four (fold in half and then half again), so you are basically left with a long length of towel that has been folded twice. do the same with the second towel.
  2. Place the insert of the Toilet/Kitchen roll at the end of the towel, roll the towel loosely round (like a Swiss roll), place an elastic band around the towel to keep it in place.
  3. Then place the first rolled up towel at the end of the second towel and repeat step 2…when completed, secure with an elastic band. (Most towel cake makers secure with a pin, I prefer to use elastic bands….it stops my poor fingers from getting pricked and also the poor person’s fingers who unwraps the cake)
  4. Place the rolled towels upon a cake board, decorate in the same way you would a normal cake…ribbons, mottos, flowers…etc.

Once you have grasped the basic principle of making a towel cake, you can then advance to two tiers, three tiers and even four tiers…

The main thing I believe is make them straight….you would not present a proper Birthday cake that was baked uneven, then iced roughly….no amount of ribbon can hide a cake leaning to the floor!!! and also use a high quality towel…550gsm or above

 

The towel cake is a great way to give someone a gift of “towels” but presented in such a different way that it will totally amaze and wow!!!.

 deluxe_wedding_towel_cake1

 

 Simply two bath sheets, two bath towels, two hand towels and two face cloths….rolled, tweaked and prettied up into a beautiful four-tiered wedding Towel Cake. A unique gift for the bride and groom, that sure beats giving them a set of towels!

 

A simple one tiered cake consisting of a pair of Bath Towels….turned into a gift that is just a little bit different. 

 

A Wedding Anniversary Towel cake

A Wedding Anniversary Towel cake

You can also add various products in between the layers of towel…so that when the Towel cake is unwrapped even more surprises are found….handmade soaps, fizzers, candles….just use your imagination.

 

Have fun making your towel cakes…. if you would like to post your pictures here please do so….I would love to see them.

 

cheers Sharon

 

 

www.alwaysspecial.co.uk

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