Why make a towel cake?


For years the
towel cake
has impressed brides and grooms around the world.

It has been seen at weddings and wedding showers.

Well, I think it is high time that it is used for babies!

It is just as beautiful as a diaper cake, but easier and faster to make than its diaper counterpart.

Reasons to make a towel cake

  1. It is calorie and fat free! Not only can you create a beautiful cake, you can stick to your diet at the same time!
  2. If you can fold a towel and roll a towel, chances are that you will excel beautifully at making the towel cake.
  3. It provides useful items to enhance the baby’s bath time .
  4. It is inexpensive and easy to create

On this page, you can get instructions on making a towel cake and view a great picture gallery.

To skip the instructions and see the pictures see the Towel Cake Gallery

Ingredients:

  • 2 regular size towels- color of your choice
  • 2 hand towels
  • 2 washcloths
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Safety pins
  • Dowel and support system-as needed
  • Decorative items
  • Your creative ideas!

Start the Assembly!

Bottom Cake Layer

Start with the regular sized towels. Fold them in half twice lengthwise. At this point, you have a choice of laying one towel on top of each other or end to end.

Roll from one end to another end in a tight roll. If you are rolling end to end, you will need to attach the towels with a safety pin or overlap slightly.

The tighter the towel roll, the better. This roll will form the bottom layer of your cake. You can hold it together with a safety pin and a tie decorative ribbon
around the middle of the towel roll.

(I enlist my husband at this point to hold the towels tightly so I can tie the ribbon around it.)

Middle Cake Layer

The second layer will consist of the 2 hand towels. Fold and roll the hand towels in the same fashion as the bottom layer. Add the ribbon and place on the bottom roll.

Top Layer

One more layer to go! Roll the 2 washcloths in the same fashion. Add the decorative ribbon and place on top of the cake.

The hardest part is now over. Now to add the creative ingredients…..

Stack the layers!

Use a cake stand or circular base to hold the weight of the cake. Start with the base layer and stack the other layers on top. Make sure each layer is centered on the layer beneath it. This will give you a visual idea of how much room you have for adding your decorations to the cake.

If you would like additional support a dowel may be cut to the height of the towel cake and inserted in the middle.

Decorating your Cake…..
  1. Choose your theme. Most likely the theme will be centered along with bath time. But you still have a lot of flexibility to twist the theme into any direction you would like.
    Your theme can be focused on color, gender, baby shower theme, pampering mom, education, baby items, characters and so forth.
  2. Choose ingredients that compliment your theme.
Frosting the Cake…

Don’t forget the most important and fat free part of cake. The top of the cake is the centerpiece of the cake. Ask yourself what item will create the final bling effect? This is where the eye will be focused.

You can put a rubber ducky, bath sponge, flowers, bath toy, big bow, baby shampoos or cleansers, etc.

Keep in mind that the top layer of the cake will be very small. A large stuffed animal or toy might not fit on top of the cake. It is best to get smaller items that fit well with your overall theme.

I have also seen a lot of wedding towel cakes sprinkled with fake rose petals to give the final effect. The same can be done with a baby towel cake.

Add flowers, pearls, decorative tulle or lace to give that creative touch!

To see step by step instructions with pictures, visit How to make a towel cake!

Add your cake photo!


Towel Cake Gallery

Submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

white and lavendar towel cake

I specialize in towel cakes for weddings but every once in a while I do baby towel cakes. My website www.candlesandmore.com features a collection of candles and gifts. Here is a lavender towel cake I made. It has lavender and white silk flowers on it. I topped it off with a cute lavender candle.

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~ Debbie Y. from The United States~

yellow duck towel cake

I wanted to share my first baby blanket cake with you. It was so much fun to make. I used a big baby bottle for the center to hold the whole cake together. I also hid more gifts inside it. It was a big hit.

Thanks for the help, I hope you like the cake I made.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

white and pink towel cake

Here is a baby towel cake I made with a peach and pink theme. I used a white candle on top and placed the cake on a lace doily. I accented it with pink and peach flowers, baby’s breath and a small dove figurine.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~Tara J. from Dallas, Texas~

pink tutu towel cake

I made this cake for my sister in law’s baby shower. The inspiration of the tutu outfit came from the cute shirt I found.
I tied the middle layer with pink tulle. The top layer I tied a
ribbon around and placed a washcloth on top to make it look like a hat.

The bottom layer I hot glued pink tulle to a decorative ribbon. I made pink washcloth bunnies and placed trial size baby products under the skirt.

She loved it!

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

blue and white flowers towel cake

This towel cake was decorated with white and blue silk roses. I used tiny rosebuds on top and a wrapped white candle.

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~Janice J. from St. George, Utah~

maroon christmas towel cake

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Towel cake submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

red and white towel cake

This cake was done with the patriotic colors of red white and blue. I placed red and white silk roses on a white towel cake. I then tied it off with navy blue ribbons. I accented it with cute rose stickers.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~Nisha W. from Las Vegas, Nevada~

rubber ducky towel cake

I made this towel cake for a friend’s baby shower. I started out
with the cute rubber ducky bath set. I used yellow tulle to tie each layer together.

Then I placed trial size bath items at the center of each bow. I thought a bath sponge would be really cute to be used as a flower for the base layer.

It was a hit!

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Towel cake submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

cream and lavendar towel cake

This towel cake was decorated with soft baby colors. I used pink, blue, white, lavender and cream colored flowers and ribbons on the cake. I tied tiny pacifiers on the cake and added a cute heart sticker on the bottom layer. A white candle tops it off.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

red and white towel cake

This cake has red and white silk flowers on it. I used both large and tiny rosebuds to give it interest. I tied a red ribbon on each layer and topped it off with a red candle.

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Towel cake submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

yellow daffodils and daisies towel cake

This fun towel cake was made by rolling 3 layers of white towels. I accented it with different kinds of yellow silk flowers. To finish it off, I tied yellow ribbons and added a yellow candle on top.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

pink and white towel cake

This towel cake was made “all girl” complete with pink towels! I used a variety of white flowers to accent the cake. I placed a pink candle on top and used some fun stickers on the bottom layer.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ JERAYA D. from Englewood, New Jersey~

yellow and black sunflower towel cake

I made this towel cake for my sister’s friend.

I used 1 bath towel, 2 hand towels, and 2 wash cloths.

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Towel cake submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

red and lavendar towel cake

Here is a picture of some cakes I made. Both were made with white towels. I accented one with red colors and the other with lavender. I used single washcloths to make matching cupcakes and displayed all cakes on lace doilies.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

pink and white towel cake

This towel cake has been decorated with pink and white silk flowers. I placed tiny rosebuds on the top layer and accented it with pink ribbons. I finished it off with a pink candle on top.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

pink towel cake

I made this cake with pink towels. I used red, pink, and white roses around the layers. I tied a cute Congratulations ribbon on top. I finished it off with a candle and lots of curling ribbon.

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Towel cake submitted to website by:

~ Becky C. from Palmerton, PA~

pink and white towel cake

I used white towels to make the layers of this cake. It was accented with pink flowers, ribbon and a pink candle on top. I rolled single washcloth cupcakes to match.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Keonna B. from Antioch, California~

its a boy rubber ducky towel cake

This cake is meant for the new mom, dad, and baby
it has:

2 adult body towels
2 adult face towels
2 adult hand towels
1 baby towel body towel
1 baby washcloth>

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Keonna B. from Antioch, California~

winter christmas towel cake

This cake is a great gift for any occasion, it has:
2 body towels, 2 hand towels, 2 face towels,
a blue poinsettia, and silver solid and sheer ribbon.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Keonna B. from Antioch, California~

its a girl towel cake

This cake is meant for the new mom, dad, and baby
it has:

2 adult body towels
2 adult face towels
2 adult hand towels
1 baby towel body towel
1 baby washcloth

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Elizabeth B. from Pikeville, North Carolina~

pink and blue towel cake

This cake is my first. My sister is getting Married and her colors are pink
in blue. I used this as a centerpiece

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Don P. from The United States~

pink and white butterfly towel cake

For more information on this beautiful Bridal Shower Cake, please contact us at diapergifts@yahoo.com.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ JERAYA D. from ENGLEWOOD, NJ~

green and white towel cake

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Karen C. from Adamstown, Maryland ~

creepy halloween towel cake

Thank you so much for letting me share these, I just love doing crafts.

I do this just for fun, the poodle cake was for my first grandchild and I had the best time doing it.

I saw your site about sharing pictures. I know how much I love looking at what other people do and the wonderful things other crafter’s share.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Karen C. from Adamstown, Maryland ~

elegant wedding bells towel cake

Thank you so much for letting me share these, I just love doing crafts.

I do this just for fun, the poodle cake was for my first grandchild and I had the best time doing it.

I saw your site about sharing pictures. I know how much I love looking at what other people do and the wonderful things other crafter’s share.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Karen C. from Adamstown, Maryland ~

blue wedding bells towel cake

Thank you so much for letting me share these, I just love doing crafts.

I do this just for fun, the poodle cake was for my first grandchild and I had the best time doing it.

I saw your site about sharing pictures. I know how much I love looking at what other people do and the wonderful things other crafter’s share.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Nancy B. from West Oneonta, NY ~

wedding bridal shower towel cake

Here is a wedding Shower cake with touches of purple.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Judy from Ocean Pointe, Hawaii ~

strawberry shortcake towel cake

This is my first cake in a bright fuchsia & lime Strawberry Shortcake theme.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Amanda B from Kamloops, British Columbia ~

black silver and orange halloween towel cake

My first towel cake was made for our best friend’s wedding. They had a Halloween wedding. Cake consists of: 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 wash cloths, many Halloween decorations and center is filled with candy rockets. Everyone thought it was great. Made a great centerpiece for the table at the after party. Hope to make more in the future. It was so much fun!


Photo submitted to website by:

~Laura L. from Argenta, IL~

blue and white bridal shower towel cake

I made this cake for my cousin’s wedding shower. I used two bath towels, two hand towels, two washcloths, and a five piece bamboo kitchen set. The fifth utensil is in the middle of the cake, offering stability. I used a silver serving tray instead of a cake board for the bottom.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~Amanda B. from Kamloops, British Columbia~

purple and white carnations and butterflies wedding towel cake

This is my 2nd towel cake. It is for a bridal shower. I used: 2 bath towels, 3 hand towels, and 4 wash cloths. Cake is filled with bath stuff and candles and mints for the bride to be. Butterflies, ribbon and flowers to decorate. This one I’ve included a “slice” of cake, which is also filled with candles and mints. Had a lot of fun making this one, went a lot smoother as it’s my 2nd one. The card says: So you can “dry off” after your “shower”.


Photo submitted to website by:

~Amanda B. from Kamloops, British Columbia~

beautiful lighthouse towel cake

Lighthouse Cake includes:
2 Bath towels
3 Hand towels
3 Wash cloths
pretzels and nuts inside

This was my first cake made to sell. It was for an anniversary present.

Visit my website!
www.wix.com/InedibleDelicacies/Cakes


Photo submitted to website by:

~ Judy from Ocean Pointe, Hawaii~

pink and chocolate brown towel cake

This was my second towel cake, in a Pink & Cappuccino bridal shower theme.

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Towel Cake submitted to website by:

~ Denise from Spokane, WA~

pink and black polka dot towel cakes

I made this cake for baby girl with a zoo theme. I used two cream colored bath towels, two hand towels, two wash cloths, ribbon, zoo characters from Michael’s already painted, rosettes, and a large pink rose on top that is a bath sponge!

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Kimberly from Mississippi~

green and red ladybug towel cakes

My Mom got me started making these beautiful centerpieces. I use 2 Bath Towels, 2 Hand Towels and 2 Wash Clothes w/ decorations. This Lady Bug Towel Cake was a special order for a girl who just loves, loves, loves lady bugs. Now she is displaying it as an everyday centerpiece in her kitchen.

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Photo submitted to website by:

~ Gloria S. from Cambridge, Ma~

red and white valentine towel cakes

I made this cake and I thought I would share with you. I have submitted in the past but, diaper cakes. I hope you enjoy it as I do. 🙂

Towel Cake supplies:

2 Washcloths
2 Hand Towels
2 Bath Towels
1 His and Hers Teddy Bears
1 Bottle Vanilla Bubble Bath
Valentines decorations


Photo submitted to website by:

~ Candace S. from Xenia, OH~

grey and white washcloth bunny towel cakes

I made this bunny cake with ribbon, 14 regular washcloths, 1 small towel, 1 infant fleece blanket, and 5 onesies. The bottom layer is made of 14 washcloths and one towel. the center layer is a blanket and the top is the onesies. To top it we made a boo-boo bunny. There are four washcloth lollipops around the center layer.

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Cake submitted to website by:

~ Courtney C. from Woodbridge, Virginia~

green and yellow ducky towel cupcaketowel cupcake

For my friends baby shower gift, I created a single layered towel cupcake that was made up of a towel, wash cloths, body wash, rubber duckies and cloth diaper pins. I rolled the towel up jelly roll style and then wrapped it around the baby wash. The baby’s dad is a policeman so I bought little rubber duckies that had police and firemen and double sided taped them to the towel cupcake.


Towel Cake submitted to website by:

~ Gloria S. from Cambridge, Ma~

black and white wedding towel cakefinished and wrapped towel cake

I would like to share my first wedding towel cake that I did for my nephew’s wedding this past Saturday 6-2-12. I was very pleased how it turned out. 🙂 I have did towel cakes in the past but, never a wedding one. The bride and groom love it!!! It looked just like the real wedding cake. 🙂 The wedding colors were black and white. I have submitted diaper cakes in the past so, I hope you enjoy my newest creation. 🙂


Towel Cake submitted to website by:

~ Cynthia from Fayetteville, GA~

tiffany blue wedding towel cake with wine and glasses

Wine down the night of your wedding with this 3-tier wedding towel cake. This cake was purchased from me as a wedding gift.

A co-worker purchased this gift for the bride and groom. The brides name is Tiffany, so the theme was Tiffany Blue’s Chocolate Factory with Creme on Top.

I used all Duvet towels
2 Bath Towels
2 Hand Towels
2 Face Towels
Reisling Wine
Wide open top wine glasses
Glass Candle Holders
Blue Candles
Contemporary Curved-Shaped Picture Frame
Fine Chocolate
Blue Marbles
Chocolate, Blue & Cream Ribbon


Towel Cake submitted to website by:

~ Gloria from Cambridge, Ma~

christmas towel cakecloseup of christmas towel cake

This is my first Christmas Towel Cake. I usually make other Towel cakes and Diaper Cakes. I made this for a friend for a Christmas gift. I figured what can be more perfect than a Christmas Towel Cake, its unique and one of a kind. 🙂
I used 3 bath towels, 2 hand towels and all kinds of Christmas decorations. I hope everyone enjoy it as much as I did making it. 🙂


Towel Cake submitted to website by:

~ Gloria from Cambridge, Ma~

valentine towel cakevalentines towel cake

I made this towel cake for Valentines Day and thought I would share my creation with you. This is my first time making this. I usually make baby diaper cakes and other style towel cake but, nothing like this. I hope you like it. 🙂






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