My Prop Closet

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on June 21, 2013

When we moved into our new home in June I had no idea where all my side plates and cutting boards and cake stands would go.  My dream would be that they are all out and accessible, but the reality was that many would have to be stored in boxes and in closets.

But then my amazing husband came up with the idea of utilizing a large closet just off the kitchen.

Empty Prop Closet (Before)


So he got out his tools and measured and shopped for supplies.  He was going to make my dreams come true!

Is that weird?  That I dream of prop closets?

Dont answer that.

(Before) Empty Prop Closet


And he built me shelves all the way up a 13 foot wall.  All.  The. Way. Up.

And I said, “Are you nuts?!?”

And he smirked.  And I thought to myself, “I am going to buy more cake stands.”

And he said, “Dont even think about buying more cake stands.”

Empty Prop Closet (Before)


He built them, and then he left for a week long fishing trip to Canada.

Trust me, he earned it.  Did I mention that wall is 13 feet high?

Do you want to know how I even get all the stands on the shelves?  Well, like pimpin’, it aint easy.  I used this handy dandy ladder which has now found a home in that closet. Prop Closet

here in color

iambaker prop closet

Surprisingly enough,  it turns out I did have enough cake stands to fill that whole wall.  Who knew? (my husband)

Not only did I have enough to fill that wall, I may even have to get rid of some of the stands to make my favorites fit.

***rocking back and forth in fetal position*** Prop Closet

here in color, a few more pieces added

iambaker prop closet

We are looking into CakeStandAddiction programs.

There arent any.

Off to the store! Prop Closet

here in color, a close up of the top shelves

iambaker prop closet

As any food blogger knows, you have to have backgrounds and side plates and silverware… so all that fun stuff has made its home here as well.  In our previous home everything was scattered throughout the house and garage and I never knew how much “stuff” had accumulated.

One time I went in there and just hung out.  I am considering getting a Keurig, a comfy chair, and a little shelf for my computer.  So I can spend all my working hours in a tiny little room full of stuff.

That wouldnt be weird right?

** You can see many of the cake stands in my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes.  I purchased quite a few JUST for the book and never shared them on my blog!  Buy the book here!

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  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says:

    This closet is a dream come true!! I would love to just stand and ravel in it’s awesomeness.

  • Margaret says:

    I would not know how to act with a prop closet like that. And YOU need another cake stand, yes?

  • michele @ i-heart-baking says:

    best husband ever! and i dream of prop closets as well! 🙂

  • Linda says:

    I so “get” where you are! First let me say, that the current cake decorating binge I have been on since March all started because a friend “liked” you on Facebook. I have seen your cakes for a while and then the heart cake came along. The red heart inside the cake was a memory frozen in my brain. And then came the Hydrangea Cake. Signed, sealed, delivered I enrolled in a Wilton class. Six months later I have more cake pans, cake tools, and a dedicated iPad app for Cake recipes than I would have imagined possible. (And I’ve gained 7 lbs.) Just last week I saw a cute cookie decorated by My Sweet Things which prompted me to round up my cookie cutters. I rarely use them, but found it convenient to use a large heart for a one year old birthday cake (with your beautiful rosettes on the sides of the cake), and then I “had” to purchase dinosaur cookie cutters to help me with my 8 year old granddaughter’s birthday cake. I was stunned how many cookie cutters and it took 2 big craft boxes to put them in. Now, I don’t even want to tell you how many cake plates/stands I have. Not as many as you…but a bunch! And I can’t say I’m a blogger like you to justify their existence. Oh, and I have two Keurigs…one regular one and a new Rivo for lattes! All this to say, you’re not alone. Thanks for your lovely inspirations!

  • Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness, this is the stuff dreams are made of! I always wanted this octopus cake stand from BHLDN, but it seems to be sold out or discontinued. 🙁

    Also, I love this: “Like pimpin’, it ain’t easy.” Love your blog!

  • Beverley says:

    Amanda, it turned out just perfect! Love it and you must be so thrilled. thank you again for sharing. Going to share this on my page. Have a great weekend xoxo

  • Marie M.C. says:

    I am in awe. WOW!

  • Sonia says:

    And I am jealous. My whole kitchen is like that closet.

    By the way, I love love love your blog, I am a follower since a couple of years ago.
    Greetings from Spain.


  • Rachel Cooks says:

    I love this! Lucky, lucky you! You must get so happy every time you open these doors. I want to see a photo in color of all those gorgeous cake stands!

  • karen d says:

    Wow! What an awesome husband to do that for you. I am in awe of your supplies. I’ve only been baking/decorating cakes for a couple of months. Like someone else mentioned, I took a class this summer because I was inspired by you. I only own one cake stand and it is seeing a lot of use this past month. I so badly want more….but until then, I will just stare at the picture of your closet and dream. Thanks for sharing.

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    Incredible! You’re lucky to have such a space and a wonderful husband to build it for you!

  • Bethany says:

    He’s such a good guy! Hope his fishing trip was a great one! And holy cow that’s a ton of stuff! I really love more than a few of them though. 🙂

  • Deborah Stauch says:

    Love it! We should start a club . . .

  • Chris says:

    You are one hellofva lucky woman!! God Bless that husband of yours! Enjoy every nook and cranny of it 🙂

  • Julia says:

    Love this!! It makes me smile that someone could have that many cake stands!! I have one. But as I make more cakes, inspired by you and Sweetapolita, I may have to get a few more….
    I love the pic of the huge ladder against the backdrop of delicate dishes. Thanks for a chuckle this morning!

  • AMPARO says:

    Today we (my daughter and I) change the playroom for a store room for my….She is not more a little girl 😉 (only 11 years old) hihihihi…and now her room will be better and I have place for all!!!
    Your closet is prefect!!!

  • Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen says:

    3 things:
    1. That man is a keeper!
    2. A girl can never have too many cake stands! Love your cake stand collection.
    3. I’d like to be neighbors. I have a hutch full of props and have started my cake stand collection too!

  • Sini says:

    Whoa! Your husband is amazing {and your closet even more}.

  • Jenny says:

    I love it! Love, love, love your cake stand collection! And all your other cool stuff.

  • Laura @ Family Spice says:

    You don’t have a problem. You should see my office. My hubby grumbles that the whole room is dedicated to me, my photography and my props! Your closet looks VERY organized so enjoy!

  • Chris says:

    You have a wonderful and very understanding husband!!! I’ve taken over our home office – really need a shelving system like yours 🙂 So many props!

  • Pam, in NC says:

    Wow… See me sitting here drooling and green with envy!! ENJOY!

  • Christine @ esskunst says:

    I just LOVE it! I’d love a prop & cooking book library 😉 Well done!

  • Tonia says:

    Oh my!! That is totally fantastic!

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    Jealous doesn’t even begin to describe! I have a little corner office, where I keep all of my blog stuff tightly packed. Today my boyfriend said, you sure have accumulated a few things over here. Little does he know…. 🙂