How To Choose Cake And Tiered Stands

Cake and tiered stands are a must-have if you're hosting a special event or simply enjoy baking and want to serve your cake and pastries in a visually pleasing way. There are a wide variety of stands to choose from with different styles, materials, and accessories. For this reason, choosing one may seem like an overwhelming task.

When choosing a cake stand, there are other important aspects to consider such as its convenience and size. In this guide, you'll find useful tips to help you find the right cake and tiered stand suitable to your needs and preferences.

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What are the different types of cake and tiered stands to choose from?

Each type of cake and tiered stand comes with its own purpose and features.

Tiered cake stands

A tiered cake stand comes with different sized bases, which is preferable for presenting assorted pastries and cakes. Tiered cake stands are typically made of plastic, acrylic, and metal.

Rotating cake stands

A rotating cake stand can rotate around and is mostly used for decorative purposes. It is convenient for spreading cream around the cake without needing to move around. Rotating cake stands are mostly used for cakes with frostings. For better convenience, choose a rotating cake stand that can be locked in one place when you need it to be stable.

Rotating Marble Pastry Cake Stand
Glass Rotating Cake Stand
High Glass Rotating Cake Stand
Gold Tiered Cake Stand
Stainless Steel Oval Tiered Cake Stand

Pedestal cake stand

Pedestal cake stands are the most common types and are usually found in homes and cafés. A pedestal stand often comes with a plastic or clear glass dome which keeps the cake fresh. They are available in various materials such as crystal and porcelain and can be used for different types of cakes for both elegant occasions and garden parties.

Plateau cake stand

Plateau cake stands have the same base as pedestal stands but come with three or four short legs. These are favorable for displaying the cake as the centerpiece of a table. Classic wedding cakes are often presented on plateau cake stands because of their antique style.

Glass Pedestal Cake Stand
Decorative Gold Pedestal Cake Stand
Plateau Cake Stand Set
White Decorative Plateau Cake Stand Set
Pedestal Cake Stand with Glass Lid

Which material is best for cake and tiered stands?

Certain materials look better in certain homes. You want your cake stand to fit in with your decor and kitchen design.

  • Iron wire

Iron wire cake and tiered stands come in a wide variety of styles and designs. They are light, visually appealing, and are easy to maintain. Stands made of iron wire are ideal for presenting sophisticated cupcakes and other small baked goods, such as biscuits.

  • Glass

Cake and tiered stands made of glass are simple yet versatile and can be used for all sorts of baked goods. These are suitable for more traditional-style kitchens such as victorian and bungalow kitchens.

  • Acrylic

Acrylic cake and tiered stands are modern, dishwasher friendly, don't crack, and are lighter than glass stands. They're often used to present glamorous cakes and cupcakes.

  • Metal

Metal cake stands are also lighter than glass, sturdy, and are ideal for displaying cakes during fancy events.

  • Porcelain

Porcelain cake stands are sleek and sophisticated, come in a wide range of styles, and are suitable for every cake and occasion. Porcelain cake stands in white are commonly found in contemporary and traditional kitchens, and those with prints go well with vintage kitchens.

  • Wood

Bulky, heavy and difficult to clean, but fabulously stylish and beautiful, wooden cake stand made of natural wood slices are a favorite for rustic-themed outdoor parties. If you want something easier to maintain, there is a wide choice of manufactured products that are either wooden or just resemble wood.

Brown Stainless Steel Cake Stand
Glass Geometric Cake Stand
Pink China Porcelain Cake Stand
Wood and Glass Cake Stand
Blue Square Glass Cake Stand
Wood and Iron Cake Stand

How to pick the style of a cake & tiered stand?

  • Bold colors such as mint and blue can make your cake's display pop. Go for colored cake and tiered stands if you have certain colors in your kitchen and match it up with your cabinets or kitchen appliances for a seamless look.

  • White cake and tiered stands are classic and can go with any kitchen style, such as shabby chic and french country kitchens. White ones also complement every cake design.

  • Cake and tiered stands in black or silver can add height to a cake's presentation. These colors match well with art deco and industrial kitchens.

  • Stainless steel cake stands with a mirror finish are versatile and can be placed in any type of home.

  • You can't go wrong with natural wood if your home or a party you are organizing is rustic-themed.

Other features to consider when purchasing cake & tiered stands

  • When choosing a cake stand's size, make sure it matches your existing baking tray or cake tin. A cake stand should be the same size or slightly bigger than your cake. Choose a bigger one if your cake has decorations like flowers.

  • Cake and tiered stands made of metal, iron, and wood are preferable if the cake is heavy.

  • Some cake stands can be disassembled if you want to store them away.

  • Various cake and tiered stands come with add-on accessories like spatulas. Those who are new to baking can opt for a cake stand with add-on accessories.

  • Flat cake stands can support cakes better. A very heavy cake on a plastic pedestal is asking for trouble.