How to Make a Towel Cake

how to fold a towel cake

Towel Cake

Many cruise ship passengers look forward to returning to their cabin each night to find a new towel animal.  I’ve been posting blogs about how to fold towel animals for awhile.  Something that keeps reoccurring in my google hits is “towel cake.”  I finally got curious as to just what is towel cake?

I posted the question on my facebook page.  One of my towel animal fans responded with the answer that people fold towels into cake shapes for giving them as gifts at wedding or baby showers.  I think the towel cake would make a great gift for a housewarming party too.  My daughter posted a link with some great pictures of bridal shower towel cakes, and instructions on how to fold them on her blog. Unfortunately neither her blog nor the site that link went to still exist.

The cakes looked a lot easier than the towel animals, and I’m pretty good at folding them, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Not having any sort of occasion to make a gift of towels to anyone for, I thought I’d just make a birthday towel cake instead since it is my husband’s birthday.  A no-calorie cake that won’t make anybody fat!  Of course it’s not exactly edible either.

folding a towel cake

step 1 – lay towel out flat

To make the towel cake you need two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths.  I added my own touch to the top layer of mine, folding a third washcloth of a different color into a candle in the center.

towel origami, making towel cakes

step 2 – fold towel in half lengthwise

Each layer is made the same way, just with a different size of towel/washcloth than the other layers.  Fold each towel/washcloth in half the long way and then fold in half the long way again.

towel art, the art of folding towel cakes

step 3 – fold towel in half lengthwise again

Pick a size to start with.  Roll one of your quartered towels until the whole thing is resembles a roll of toilet paper.

the no-bake towel cake

step 4 – roll the folded towel

Add the other one of the same size and roll it around the first towel.  To avoid the possibility of a lumpy spot, you could line up the edge of the end of the first towel roll with the starting edge of the next one and roll from there rather than setting the first roll randomly upon the next towel.

towel cake folding

step 5 – roll the second towel around the first rolled towel

Tie a ribbon around it to hold it together.  Repeat for each of the other layers, both towels/washcloths of the same size rolled together into one layer.

gift for bridal shower, baby shower or housewarming party

step 6 – tie a ribbon around rolled towels

making towel cakes

step 7 – repeat with next layer

finished towel cake

regular towel cake, ready to decorate

Stack it up like a layer cake with the bath towels on the bottom, hand towels in the middle, and wash cloths on the top.

For my wash cloth layer, first I folded a different colored washcloth in half, and then rolled that one so it stands taller than the others which are folded into quarters.  Then I rolled the first washcloth around the “candle” and the second washcloth around the first one same as in the other layers.  I made a flame cut from yellow paper to poke into the center of the candle.

folding washcloth candle for towel birthday cake

for the candle just fold a different colored washcloth in half once

Decorate the towel cake appropriately for the occasion.  Bridal shower towel cakes often have plastic flowers, lace, or strings of beads on them.  A baby shower cake could be made from either baby towels or diapers.  Decorate with pink or blue ribbon if the sex of the baby is known and adorn with things like booties, rattles, and other small baby items.

making towel cake with candle

roll the other washcloths around the candle washcloth

making a towel birthday cake

towel candle on towel cake

decorating cake to suit occasion

fishing jig decorations

My husband loves to go fishing, so I made his a bit fishy.  It has a string of beads with plastic fish interspersed between them on the bottom layer.  (Just that layer because I only had one.)  It needed some more decorations, so I added some Deep Stinger fishing jigs, and some little Point Wilson Darts.  He loved it.  He walked in the door, saw the towel cake, and said “That’s awesome.”  Upon closer inspection, he added, “Why does it have jigs on it?”  He thought for a minute, then added “Oh, is it my birthday cake?”

towel cake

fish bead decorations

That just goes to show all it needs is the right decorations and no explanation needed.

About LBcruiseshipblogger

MyCruiseStories blog tells stories about adventures in cruising on ships big and small. Things to do onboard and in port. Anything connected to cruising. Also food, travel, recipes, towel animals, and the occasional random blog.
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3 Responses to How to Make a Towel Cake

  1. So cute! Thanks for the quick lesson. 🙂

  2. Towel cakes are pretty cool! Is Dad getting a bit fat? Can’t eat any cake? hahahahahahahaha

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