Colossal 5 Tiered & Columned Pink & White Diaper Cake
by Steve & Kat K.
(Mt. Pleasant, UT)
5 tier diaper cake
I had so much FUN reading about this Colossal 5 tier diaper cake sent in by Steve and Kat. I LOVE that Steve got involved and used his handy man skills to make this the most awesome diaper cake I've seen in quite a while! Check out how tall it is!! And the story behind it is just as fun. ;) All I can say is that this cake is going to be the HIGHLIGHT of the baby shower! Thank you so much for sharing your diaper cake photos and story with us Kat and Steve! I am awed by your amazing creation.
Cake Details Given By Steve and Kat:
After looking at all of your beautiful diaper cakes on this site and viewing your easy step-by-step video instructions, I decided to try my hand at making my own 3 tiered diaper cake, as I had never made one before. How fun & easy this will be...I thought? :) Then, I showed my husband, Steve, the diaper cake pictures...Oh, nooooo!
It was at this point that the cake morphed into the idea of becoming a 5 tiered AND columned masterpiece...Steve's idea, of course! So, I just thought...what the heck? Let him have fun and I'll just tag along rolling diapers and decorating each of the tiers.
So...off to the Walmart up north, we went, in Springville, UT, where we found 90% of our decorations, art supplies, & fun baby stuff. Next, we went to Zurchers, in Orem, UT, for 5% of the "couldn't-find-elsewhere" items, and last but certainly not least...the remaining 5% of the items we were able to get at Michaels, in Orem, UT, as well.
Nice rounded & fun day of shopping with Steve. :)
The very next day the fun began...and didn't stop for 2 more days! Steve began designing the foundations for each of the tiers. This required 5 different sized pieces of cut & rounded plywood, along with a beveled base for the cake to sit on. He measured each tier foundation for cutting out holes, in which he would fit the PVC pipes/columns, thus holding each of the tiers firmly together. He used 4 sets of 4 different sized pieces of PVC pipe for each of the column sets. Next, he spray painted all of the PVC pipes a light baby pink. After the PVC pieces were dried, he began attaching a thin white ribbon in a spiral fashion, from top to bottom, with dots of glue, on each of the PVC pieces.
Next, he pre-attached each of the PVC sets into their proper-sized foundations, for an accurate fit. (You'd have to call him to ask him how he attached the pipes to the plywood. He can explain this part better than I can... Sorry!)
Now the foundations of the cake would be ready to be put together, once I was done making each of the 5 different sized cake layers. (As name brand diapers can be very expensive, I used the Walmart brand of diapers for the cake.)
For each of the tiers, I used different sized diapers. TIER 1 - Newborn diapers. TIER 2 - Size 1 diapers. TIER 3 - Size 2 diapers. TIER 4 - Size 3 diapers. TIER 5 - Size 4 diapers. (SEE STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO OF HOW TO PUT TOGETHER EACH OF THE CAKE LAYERS.) I had 4 layers of diapers for each of my cakes, instead of 3 layers, as shown on the video. The layers of diapers were as follows: 7-13-19-25, for each cake. As I said earlier...Steve wanted a masterpiece-sized cake!
I also used 30 additional diapers to keep the cake as rounded as possible, where needed. This cake was beginning to take on a life of its own...Shiesh! ...And I was about ready to take Steve's!
Now, 350 diapers later... Steve was ready to decorate the sides of each of the cake layers. He then cut 2 equal sized pieces of wide ribbon for each cake layer and used gorilla glue to overlap the ribbon onto itself, then cut any excess ribbon off. He placed the ribbons around the top & bottom sides of each cake layer. For the center-side of each cake layer, he cut an equal sized piece of "fake" gold band and hand sewed this into place, as the glue wouldn't work. Definitely time consuming, but where Steve was concerned, we had lots of fun chat time, as we worked side-by-side. :)
REMEMBER: Buy extra ribbon. It is wiser to have extra that you can return to the store, versus not having enough and you have to stop what you are doing, just to run back to the store. :(
After Steve was done ribboning the sides of the cakes, I began to decorate each of the tiers with lots of decorations & fun baby stuff :)
We had a wonderful time together with this diaper cake and would make another one, in a heart beat! ...Just not too soon, hopefully! :)