Monday, June 4, 2012

Cake Stands

I love cake stands and have been collecting them for a couple of years now. Hunting for unique pieces at antique stores is one of my favorite things to do.  I often wonder what stories the little surface scratches in the glass or crystal could tell me about the children who smiled when they received their beautifully displayed birthday cakes on the stand, long before I found it.  I was once told by an antique dealer that "a woman can never have too many cake stands" (or lipgloss, if you ask me) and I have to agree.

In any case, a cake stand (or platter) is an absolute must-have for dressing up your dessert display and can take a cake (or cupcakes) to the next level when done right.  But why stop at using your stand for sweets?  There are so many other options for display that will fit beautifully on the right cake stand.

Below are a couple of my own cake stands as well as some I am currently lusting over. Also, some ideas on how to use a cake stand in your own dessert display.

Redlands Treasure:  My mom, two daughters and I looked for at least an hour at a multi level antique mall to find this treasure in Redlands, CA.  I wanted a milk glass stand and never thought I would find vintage Fenton.  Happy :)

Love in Seattle: This is the very first cake stand I ever purchase (it holds a very special place in my heart). I absolutely love the little beading detail.

Ebay Winner: I was stuck in a pretty intense bidding war for this beauty.  I love the shape and all the details in the crystal.  

Martha the B: I couldn't resist this sweet little cupcake (or mini-cake) stand by Martha Stewart at Macy's (on sale now!). Consider displaying a little bird's nest inside to add a bit of whimsey to a birdie theme birthday party, baby shower, or baby girl's nusery.

Cake stand lust: Round Pink Cake Stand by Sweet and Saucy Supply:

More lust: Round Aluminum Beaded Stand by Fishs Eddy:


I love this dessert table because of the use of the little cup cake stands.  It gives the display dimension and is overall too cute!  Good job Mazel Moments.

Here is a beautiful example of getting your cake stands to work for you.  By incorporating a number of cake stands Sweet and Saucy Shop was able to take a small vintage piece of furniture and turn it into a charming and functional dessert display.  Genius!

Here is perfect example of how a cake stand can take a very simple rice krispies cake (and a very simple party) to the next level.  Imagine the little cake on a paper plate or an aluminum foil covered tray.  The party would instantly look drab and ordinary!  Visit the ladies at eighteen25 for free Back to School printables displayed below.

Finally, for those of you who are crafty and love to make your own treasures, you'll love this tutorial by  theKitchn on how to make your own cake stands using inexpensive supplies from your local hardware store.  I may just have to try these myself!

Do you have a favorite cakes stand?



  1. Love the first white one and the one with the glass cover and the bird on top, so much! I have a two-tiered cake stand I love, but it's mainly for cupcakes. I'll have to get one for normal cakes. But I don't do cake that often.

  2. Two of my favorites, too! Look on ebay for deals, you might get lucky :)

  3. Love all of them! I want them all Lol

  4. mom my favorite cake stand is any one that is your favorite xox i love u

    love marylin