Experiments in Pinning: Diaper Cake

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Last time I wrote one of these posts I told you that Pinterest is about three things food, babies, and weddings. Since food has been covered, it’s on to the babies! This is the first of my college friends to be preggo and she gets to reap the benefits of all my creativity. I wanted to give her something cool yet useful and not just something off the registry. Especially since she threw her registry together last minute and half the items were available online only. *side eye* But that’s another story for another day.

I finally decided that I, Sherelle Lattany, was going to make a diaper cake. In order to do this though, I needed to find some inspiration. So I headed over to Pinterest to search for diaper cakes and the crafty moms of America did not disappoint. I came across this diaper cake and it was love at first sight. Now that I had the inspiration, I need a tutorial, for this I turned to YouTube. Equipped now with photo inspiration and endless YouTube training I set out on my quest. First stop was Joann’s, there I picked up the letters for the name, some sticks to hold the cake together, a few yards of ribbon, but most importantly I left with inflated confidence from the blessing of the fellow crafters that I met in the fabric cutting line. Stop number two was less successful, let’s just say I vastly underestimated the intimidation factor of the diaper aisle in Target. The number of choices for diapers is so overwhelming. What brand do I get??? Pampers? Huggies? Luvs? Target brand? What size is most useful? Newborn? Size 2? Size 3? How many should I get?!? Should I get two smaller packs or one big box? I don’t know! YouTube didn’t tell me how to deal with this, HELP!! In the end, I chose a box of Luvs size 2 diapers and got as far away as I could from the baby section.

IMG_4675After an array of shopping experiences I finally had all the materials to start the project.

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I rolled up the diapers and used a small rubber band to secure each diaper, then I formed them into a circle with a large rubber band holding the circle together. For each new layer I just built the circle further out.

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After all the layers were built I wrapped them with burlap and then a colored ribbon.

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Next I glued on the letters and added some flowers for decoration.

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Finally, I topped the cake with soft toy thing I found at Target. All in all I think I did a pretty good job. *dusts off shoulder*

I used all diapers for my cake but you can put other surprise objects in it like bottles, rolled blankets, baby powder, or really anything you want. I end up a few diapers short so I just used paper towel rolls to fill the holes (shhh! Don’t tell Drea). To hold the three layers into place, I used a saw to cut one long dowel into three pieces, then carefully inserted the pieces in the middle of the cake.

Here is the list of what I used to make it:

  • 1 Box of Luvs size 2 diapers (108 count)
  • 1 pack of small rubber bands for the individual diapers
  • 1 pack of jumbo rubber bands to hold the layers
  • 1 long painting dowel cut into 3 pieces
  • Burlap fabric (~10 yards)
  • Colored ribbon
  • Wooden letters
  • Hot glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
  • Flowers for decorations
  • Topper for the cake
  • Box cut into a circle then covered in foil
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Experiments in Pinning: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

I’m going to assume that everyone knows what Pinterest is by now, but if you aren’t too familiar with the world of pinning, it is a site similar to Tumblr mostly for people who love food, babies, and weddings. I just so happen to love two of those categories and am in extreme like with the other. I have been interested in trying this recipe for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes probably every since I got my account. Of course, since this was St. Patrick’s Day weekend it was a perfect time to try these out.

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Here are the main ingredients to transform chocolate cupcakes to an Irish booze fest.

I didn’t take any pictures while making the batter #fail. But I can say if you decide to make these too, don’t be alarmed by the bubbles in the batter, it’s just the beer. I was a little worried that the eggs were scrambling but the cake turned out perfectly fine. Okay, on to the chocolate center!

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To make the chocolate filling with the Jameson you have to chop up those jumbo chocolate bars that you see in the baking aisle and then cover the chocolate with warm cream. After a minute or two you stir it up and like magic it turns into this:

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After the chocolate is a pretty melted consistency you add the Jameson. The recipe said 1 teaspoon, but I couldn’t taste the whiskey so I added about 4 teaspoons. Honestly, I would have added more but I was scared the chocolate would be too thin if I kept pouring.

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To take the center out of the cupcakes I just used an apple corer and put the centers in a bowl so I could eat them while finishing up. :/

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Once all the centers are out, you can fill them up with the chocolate. I used a piping bag, but you can make your own with a sandwich bag and cut a tiny part of the corner (make sure to cut the bag AFTER you fill it, trust me).

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I didn’t take any pictures making the frosting, but what I did differently is I made a basic cream cheese frosting instead of the buttercream frosting from the recipe (a whole pound of butter was just too unreasonable). I added the Bailey’s after the was frosting made, and I went with her suggestion of 6 tablespoons of Bailey’s, it was more than enough. Of course, all that was left was to frost the cupcakes and I decorated them with the green sugar sprinkles.

Here is the recipe I used: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Again, the changes I made were using about 4 teaspoons of Jameson in the chocolate center and opting for a cream cheese base frosting as opposed to the butter cream. If I ever make these again, I might omit the chocolate center all together.

You can follow me on Pinterst @sherellelattany and stay tuned for the next Experiment in Pinning! 🙂