Wedding season is practically here. I already attended my first bridal shower of the year. My mamma, always so crafty, created this vision of a wedding cake as a gift for the bride-to-be. This is a favorite of Italian mammas everywhere. Why you ask? Well, it’s pretty and practical. Who doesn’t need more bath towels? And it is pretty simple to make, not to mention a lot of fun. Here’s how to do it:
WHAT YOU NEED:
A set of towels (You’ll need at least one full bath towel, one hand cloth, and perhaps a wash cloth, depending on the size of towel cake you’ll be making.)
Artificial flowers and other decorations (At that last shower I attended, the mother of the groom made a cake, too, and she put a glittery monogram as a cake topper.)
Pins (preferably the kind with pearls at the tip)
A plate or cardboard cake base
Cellophane paper and ribbon (optional, depending on whether you want to wrap it or keep it naked for the event)
STEPS FOR MAKING THE “CAKE”:
- Gather your materials. Often, I check the bridal registry to see if there is a complete towel set listed. We have been unafraid of using colored towels. In other words, don’t feel forced into white. When the most recent bride’s sister wed, she was having a fall wedding and had khaki towels on the registry. We paired those with artificial fall leaves, and it looked perfect. If you prefer white or there are no towels on the registry, pick out a set with few embellishments, so you can more easily roll the towels into the cake shapes. Home Goods, Walmart, and Target are great places to find bath towels at affordable prices.
- Fold the bath towel in half vertically and then begin rolling it to create the base. Make sure the width of the base is slightly smaller than the plate on which it will sit. Pin the rolled towels together. Be sure the pearl is the only part of the needle that is visible, and that the point won’t stick the bride when she’s opening the gift or taking a part the present for use.
- Follow the same steps with the remaining towels. Be sure to stack the tiers, so they gradually get smaller as you build up. Of course, the widest tier should be on the bottom and the thinnest should be the top. Keep all the pins on the same side. In fact, you can use them as a guide for stacking
- Begin decorating. The front of the cake should be the smooth side without the pins. Be sure to put a topper in the form of flowers, bows, or even a plastic bride and groom. Just make sure that whatever you use is securely attached but won’t damage the towels.
- Wrap it up. If you want to wrap it, use transparent cellphone, so everyone can see your artistic talents.