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.

iambaker.net 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***

iambaker.net 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!

iambaker.net 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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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. 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!

  2. 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…. 🙂

  3. I NEED a closet like this in my life! Look at all that organization! Also, I didn’t even know there were that many different cake stands. I have never had good luck finding cake stands that are much of anything to look at (in fact, the last time I needed one I made it myself by gluing together a candle stick holder and a salad plate, then spray painting the whole thing). Is there a secret cake stand warehouse (besides your new closet) that I’m not aware of? If so, I need to go there!

    1. I shop everywhere… Target, Home Goods, garage sales, thrift stores (high even places even, if there is a great sale!!). I am slightly obsessed with them, so they are always on my mind and I am always looking. 🙂

  4. Oh, this just cracks me up!!!! I read it to my husband when he got up this morning as I had just finished reading it myself. I identify with you so much……….as I have just as many. I have a room with bakers racks dedicated to them. I love each of them and use them all the time. They do not sit on my shelves!

  5. Love your stacking ability to fit tham all in there! Looks like something I would do! I have a whole bedroom that I put all my caking supplies in and my husband keeps asking when I’m going to turn it back into a bedroom for guests to stay in. I still haven’t given him an answer…..

  6. I looking at cake stands & all the possibilities but then I think what about the leftover cake & how am I going to cover it on the beautiful cake stand? What do you do?

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