Lil Baby Cakes is the brainchild of founder Candy Budyta, who took her passion for creating things with her hands to create a works of out that resulted in one interviewer saying, “Under the capable hands of this designing woman, diaper cakes become a bona fide ‘experience’ that speaks directly to the heart of the recipient.“
Cultures throughout history have long recognized and celebrated the miracle of life. Our modern traditions for a new mother is to hold a baby shower, however the concept of acknowledging the importance of a new child coming into the world goes back to ancient times.
There are records that the ancient Egyptians observed some type of ceremony similar to today’s baby shower. Archeologists have uncovered evidence from the site of the New Kingdom village of Deir el-Medina that mentions “the festival of such-and-such’s daughter.” It is believed the announcement referred to a celebration of a new birth where a child was named to mark its identity.
In ancient Greece, on the fifth day after birth a newborn would be the recipient of a ceremony called Amphidromia which meant Running Round. During the celebration the father would walk around the hearth several times to symbolize the child’s entrance into the household.
The tradition of celebrating the birth of a newborn continued throughout western history during the Renaissance where mothers to be were presented with a range of birth objects such as wooden trays, bowls and clothing. During the Victorian era, following the birth of a child, women would get together and hold a tea party for the new mother.
Each era represented a change in the traditions related to childbirth and following World War II the traditions began to change once again to the modern “shower” which began to take place before the birth of the child rather than after the birth. As part of the economic boom following the end of the war, consumerism began to take hold where the mother to be received gifts that were needed to care for the new child and were practical such as diapers, baby bottles and clothing. This also helped the family as they adjusted to the added expense a new member of the family would incur.
As we entered the 21st century the ancient tradition began making another change as technology continues to advance. Invitations are now sent by email rather than using the traditional mail system and games at the shower may feature events such as attempting to identify parts of the baby from the ultrasound photo.
While gifts are still passed around and opened, in an attempt to balance tradition with feminine charm, a new tradition has begun to gain acceptance, the diaper cake. Unlike a traditional cake that despite its decoration, is designed to be eaten, diaper cakes are typically designed to resemble a tiered wedding cake, however they are completely functional; consisting of items such as diapers, blankets and other baby supplies.
Examples of this are the cakes made by Lil Baby Cakes in Grand Blanc, Michigan. A person visiting their website www.lilbabycakes.com is met with a variety of themes such as pirates, teddy bears, frogs, monkey or a safari cake with several tiers of diapers.
The cakes are decorated in such a way as to appear to be a regular cake; however it is anything but that.
Bubyta explains that each cake is made from scratch rather than being mass produced from her original designs. The cakes are made in a non-smoking environment where the artisans do not even smoke at home.
As events such as baby showers celebrating the creation of life have evolved over the years the diaper cake appears to be an amazing step in the millennia old process that combines form and beauty.