You could liken my cake stand addiction to that of Imelda Marco’s shoe collection.  I have an entire room in our home full of cake stands.

I don’t say that to brag nor to encourage anyone else to delve into a sometimes costly and hard to organize addiction!  (Cake stands are clunky.  #truth) I just want you to know that when it comes to cake stands, I know what I am talking about.

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Today I am going to tell you two important things.

The first is what makes a good cake stand and the second is where do you get a good cake stand.

Rose Cake Stand

This was purchased at a specialty shop in Blaine, MN. The owner did not want to part with and I had to pay a LOT more I would normally spend! I used it for my Rainbow Birthday Cake.

The perfect cake stand should: (for the record, I also love the exceptions to all these rules, but for the average daily use, these rules apply)

Has no lip on the edge.

Is about 3 inches tall.

Is white or glass.

Is completely flat, not bowing in at the center. (you would be surprised how many do that!)

If the cake stand has a lip, is too tall, bows in the center, or is an odd color/design, I typically will NOT buy it. (there are always exceptions though…) *wink*

Green Glass Cake Stand

This one has a deep indentation in the center that can be a pain! But it is so darn beautiful in that emerald tone I make an exception or use a cake board.

This was purchased at an antique store in Stillwater, MN. Arguably some of the BEST cake stand shopping I have ever done is in Stillwater.

Thrift stores are excellent for finding unique cake stands. Antique stores are wonderful as well, but you will often spend more.

Blue Cake Stand

This stand only fits 8-inch cakes or it gets messy. I love pairing with deep dark chocolate creations! I got this one at Homegoods.

MacKenzie Childs Cake Stands

I actually have the whole set of these… plates, cups, tea pot, cookie jar, etc. It’s one of the most coveted pieces of the collection! (McKenzie Childs)

Michael Aram Cake Stand

More like art than a cake stand! Just stunning. I actually made a cake to match the stand!!

White Frilly Cake Stands

Anytime I can find cake stands that come in multiple sizes I am sold! There is another mini frilly stand that goes with this pair, but is currently being used to hold earings. 🙂

These were purchased at TJMaxx and I saw them in pink and blue at Marshall’s. (same company I believe)

Tree Trunk Cake Stand

The only thing I don’t like about this is that it’s fake. I am currently trying to convince my husband to make me one from the wood on our property! 🙂

I got this at Michael’s. It was actually being sold as a candle holder! Sometimes it is good to think outside the box!

Rotating Cake Stand

This is not your typical cake stand… mostly because it is meant to be behind the scenes. But any busy baker will testify… a GOOD rotating cake stand is a LIFE SAVER!! This one weighs the same as a boat anchor, but I bigpuffyheart love it and it truly makes my collection complete.

Found at Fat Daddio’s.

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You can see where I store my cake stands here: Cake Stand Closet

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Thank you for your insightfulness on this topic, it gave me plenty of info to work with. I am building a wedding cake stand 14 inch circle 6 inches tall, I’m hand carving the last name and placing stained glass on the inside of the name, then going to put LED lights on the inside so when it’s on will glow through the stained glass when they dim the lights. What’s your thoughts on this. I will posting pics of it up on my Twitter page when completed.

  2. I am just starting on my collection of cake plates. Loved your article, this was great information. What I am wondering is, I have seen some cake plates that have a hole in center. Is there a purpose for this?

  3. This lemon cake & lemon buttercream frosting couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve offered to make a lemon cake for my grandson’s graduation party. I’m making homemade lemon curd and also a raspberry filling between the cake layers. I planning on a 3 layer cake so I will have to double the frosting. Maybe even triple it.

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