Wedding Decorations & Accessories

Bridal Shower Towel Cake

Present the bride with two sets of towels in style. A wedding towel cake makes a great decoration at a bridal shower and is sure to bring lots of smiles. It is also very simple to make. Scroll down to see other towel cake submissions.

Materials and Tools:
  • Towel Sets - 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 wash cloths.
  • Satin Ribbon - #3 or #5 widths. Any color (130 inches)
  • Faux Rose Petals - Any color (1 bag of 100)
  • Silk Rose - Any Color (1)
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
Step 1. Roll the Towels

Fold each hand towel in half lengthwise twice. Start with one end and roll the towels up as shown. Set aside. Repeat this process with the wash cloths. Fold each bath towel in half lengthwise and repeat the folding until the width of the towel is roughly 6". Roll the two towels together in the same way as the hand towels. You should now have the three layers of the "cake."

Step 2. Add the Ribbon

Cut the satin ribbon into 60", 40" and 30" lengths. Tie the large piece around the bath towels as shown. Repeat for the other two cake layers. When complete, stack the cake layers starting with the largest layer at the bottom.

Step 3. Add the Details

Once the layers are stacked, move the cake to the final location. Pop the rose off of the stem and place it on top of the cake. Sprinkle rose petals around the cake remembering to put a few on the layers.

Step 4. Another Towel Cake Example

Rosemary Tyson sent us this photo of a beautiful towel cake she created for an upcoming bridal shower. She used pretty lace and daisies on blue towels. Thanks Rosemary!

Step 5. Another Towel Cake Example

Terri Dudash sent in her cake design which will be featured in an upcoming bridal magazine. She used white towels, white and yellow flowers, and tucked in green leaves at the base. Congratulations Terri!

Step 6. Another Towel Cake Example

Blanch Ostrander used beautiful sheer lavender ribbon, purple silk flowers and other interesting accents to embellish her cake. She then added travel-size spa products and votive candles to the layers and topped the cake off with a bath poof. Thanks Blanch!

Step 7. Another Towel Cake Example

Janet Thorpe created this elegant cake with light ivory towels, wired floral ribbon and hydrangea accents. According to Janet, the bride was delighted and it made a wonderful centerpiece for the bridal shower. Thanks Janet!

Step 8. Another Towel Cake Example

Nicole Finn found the perfect gift for her cousin's shower. Her bridesmaids are wearing chocolate brown dresses with pink accents so she created the cake with this color scheme in mind. She layered pink ribbon on wider chocolate satin ribbon and added pink roses. This cake looks contemporary without rose petals. Adding petals gives it a romantic look. Thanks Nicole!

Step 9. Another Towel Cake Example

Jan Vallejo created this colorful four-layer cake for her daughter's bridal shower. She used silk flowers and satin ribbon around each of the layers. She then topped the cake off with a bath poof. Thanks Jan!

Step 10. Another Towel Cake Example

Rebecca Steffler used white textured towels in her cake design. She wrapped the towels in a striped, floral, sheer ribbon and added small white flowers around the base of each layer and a few on the top. A beautiful pink lily added the final touch to the top of the cake. Thanks Rebecca!

Step 11. Another Towel Cake Example

Marlen Roberts used white towels, shimmering gold ribbon, and purple jewels on her cake. She also pinned some gold rosettes and then added some mini white doves. The flowers are purple and lilac mixed white baby's breath. A purple bath poof accents the top with seed pearls draping downward from the poof. The bottom ribbon on the first layer has 1.5-inch lengths of purple seed pearls tucked under the ribbon which hang down to the plate. Thanks Marlen!

Step 12. Another Towel Cake Example

Margaret Siegert created this romantic towel cake using white towels and silk flowers in lavender, white, and cream. To give this cake a soft touch, she then added delicate pearl sprays on each layer and finished with tiny white satin bows accents. Thanks Margaret!

Step 13. Another Towel Cake Example

Kari Easley designed this delightful towel cake with plush burgundy towels, white rose garlands and sheer floral-patterned ribbon. According to Kari, the cake was a great conversation piece at her sister-in law's wedding shower and really pulled the whole party together. Thanks Kari!

Step 14. Another Towel Cake Example

Sandy Buono made a beautiful towel cake for her daughter's bridal shower. She secured white cake layers with sheer wired ribbon and wrapped a pretty cherry blossom garland around the layers from the base to the top. She then placed a bow made of the same ribbon on top of the cake and let the longer strands drape down. The final touches include single flowers tucked into the top layer and a whimsical cake topper. Thanks Sandy!

Step 15. Another Towel Cake Example

Victoria Bayley sent us a picture of her elegant ivory and gold towel cake. She used silk flowers, ribbon roses, string-pearls, and lace accents to decorate her cake. Recognizing she needed to be able to transport her cake, she cleverly set it on foil-covered cardboard, then wrapped it all with beautiful, gold tulle. She then finished it off with shimmering gold ribbon and a contrasting blue flower. Thanks Victoria and have fun at the shower!

Step 16. Another Towel Cake Example

We created this towel cake for our booth at the Bride's Club Bellevue Bridal Expo (January 2008). We used white towels and #9 light blue double-faced satin and satin-edged chiffon ribbon for the color scheme. We then accented the cake with a rhinestone brooch, two prism sprays, and sparkling 6.5mm crystal diamond table confetti on each of the layers. A silver cake stand completes the look.

Step 17. Another Towel Cake Example

Jessica Patera sent us a photo of her simply gorgeous, white and yellow towel cake. She used white towels and accented them with yellow roses and ribbon. She then added white pins with round heads to the rest of the cake and completed the look with a unique cake topper. Thanks Jessica!

Step 18. Another Towel Cake Example

Iris Gilson-Kerr & Ashley Graham-Hamer created this wonderful fall-themed towel cake using cream towels with brown ribbons and fall leaf accents. They topped the cake with coordinating peonies and even bought a cake knife to go with it. Thanks Iris and Ashly!

Step 19. Another Towel Cake Example

Laura from Waterbury from Connecticut made this beautiful, red-lace, accented towel cake for her niece's bridal shower. It was made using 4 bath towels. She used two towels for the bottom layer and one for the middle layer, rolling each end of the towel to the center so that it would not be the same size as the top layer. This created a "pocket". She put "thank you" notes in the pocket as an added surprise and then one towel for the top layer. Red ribbon held each layer together. She then added the lace and string pearls using pearl headed straight pins to secure the lace and allow the pearls to hang evenly. Lastly she decorated the top with red and white silk roses and ribbons. Thanks Laura!

Step 20. Another Towel Cake Example

Pat Sanders from Michigan sent us a photo of her gorgeous white and yellow-rose towel cake. She chose waffle-textured towels to compliment the basket weave design on the bird cake topper and simply wrapped floral garlands around each layer. She mentioned that she made this one for a centerpiece at her daughter's bridal shower and everyone thought it was real! Thanks Pat!

Step 21. Another Towel Cake Example

Judy from Ocean Pointe, Hawaii sent us this stunning cake design made from fuchsia and lime towels. Although she made it for a child's birthday celebration, the design can be adapted to a bridal shower by simply changing the motif.

The bottom tier was made with two bath towels, the third tier with one bath towel, the second tier with two hand towels. Two wash cloths made up the top tier. She kept the tiers together with an empty paper towel roll in the center and a cake circle at the bottom. The finishing touches were contrasting polka dot ribbon and orange basket shred. She personalized it with the birthday girl's name and some cute graphics printed on her home computer. Thanks Judy!

Step 22. Another Towel Cake Example

Jackie Hall sent us this elegant, 25th wedding anniversary cake she made for a friend. She used white towels and accented each layer with white silk flowers, shiny silver ribbon and three poufs of curling ribbon down the front. She then attached silver cutouts of the number 25. This cake is sure to be the talk of the party! Thanks Jackie!

Step 23. Another Towel Cake Example

Judy from Hawaii sent us another cake she made for an up-coming wedding. She choose pink and brown towels which were the bride's wedding colors. She made the bottom tier with two bath towels, the third tier with one bath towel, the second tier with two hand towels. Two wash cloths made up the top tier. She kept the tiers together with an empty paper towel roll in the center and a cardboard cake-circle at the bottom. The finishing touches included contrasting polka dot ribbon and pink basket shred. Thanks again Judy!

Step 24. Another Towel Cake Example

Barb Grofe made this beautiful towel cake for an upcoming bridal shower. She used four white bath towels, four hand towels, and six washcloths. She then added damask ribbon, pink gerbera daisies, and white and aurora borealis crystal seed beads. All the beading, except the black and white trim on the top layer, was hand-strung on wire and then placed on the cake. A few feather butterflies, silver accents, and a silver cake top initial finished the look. Great job Barb and thank you for sharing your design with us!

Step 25. Another Towel Cake Example

Barb Grofe sent us a photo of another gorgeous towel cake she recently made. This time she used two bath towels, three hand towels, and three washcloths. She used popsicle sticks to hold the tiers together and decorated it with 27 ivory silk roses and a few sprigs of baby's breath. The scalloped trim was made using silver pearls and turquoise seed beads hand strung on wire in order to hold the shape. The butterflies are turquoise tulle with clear glitter and gems. The curlicues on the top are made of wire strung with turquoise seed beads. Thank you again Barb!

Step 26. Another Towel Cake Example

Penny Johnson from Canada was kind enough to send us a photo of her beautiful purple and lavender towel cake. She used two full sets of white towels and wrapped them in purple, white and silver ribbons. She then accented her cake with silk flowers, diamond confetti and bride and groom rhinestone decals. Thanks Penny!

Step 27. Another Towel Cake Example

This lovely pink towel cake was also designed by Penny Johnson. For this cake she used pink and white ribbons with diamond confetti accents, rhinestone buckles and a floral topper. This cake would also be perfect for a baby shower and would look great in a blue or yellow theme as well. Thanks, Penny!

Step 28. Another Towel Cake Example

Penny Johnson decorated this sophisticated looking towel cake in fall colored ribbons. She accented the cake with a couple of glass champagne flutes, rhinestone buckles and gold silk flowers. Another beautiful cake, Penny!

Step 29. Another Towel Cake Example

This eye-catching red and white towel cake designed by Penny Johnson features gorgeous ribbon accents with white silk flowers. She added more detail with rhinestone buckles and diamond confetti and once again included the set of champagne flutes which the bride can use at her reception during the toast. Another wonderful job, Penny!

Step 30. Another Towel Cake Example

This towel cake design, also by Penny Johnson from Canada, is decorated with pretty gold and silver ribbons and white silk orchids. She placed a few gold beaded garlands for extra interest and to bring out the gold color in the ribbons. Clear diamond confetti and a set of clear glass flutes add a beautiful sparkle to this design which would also make a stunning anniversary gift. Thank you Penny for all your wonderful towel cake submissions! :)

Step 31. Another Towel Cake Example

Danielle Bradshaw made this pretty towel cake with white towels, navy ribbon, yellow silk sunflowers and smaller white flowers. She then added four kitchen utensils and created a topper with a navy bath puff and glittered letter. Her cake was a big hit at the recent bridal shower she attended. Well done, Danielle!

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