Good day, design friends! Peggi here. Happy first Friday of Spring! Are we all beginning to thaw? Although both rain clouds and muddy paws are currently abundant, I’m grateful for the advent of warmer temperatures. Of course, March finds me eagerly anticipating garden time (check this out if you are too!), but today’s post features a completely different topic: cake stands. What might seem a notably niche item is surprisingly useful to the frequent baker, avid entertainer or creative tablescaper. Click through if this sounds like you or someone you know (because they make splendid gifts!).
Much like Sarah, the kitchen is my happy place; my love for baking cakes dates back to…let’s say middle school. I clearly remember following the instructions in our orange-covered Betty Crocker cookbook to create a cat cake from two eight-inch layers. I proudly delivered my chocolate creation to the little girl next door. Fast forward to a new century (ouch), and I essentially foist birthday cakes on my friends. As it happens, three of my favorite ladies were born in spring, so cake stands pop into my consciousness around this time.
Before we discuss styling, let’s take a gander at this lovely cake stand collection.
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01: vintage acorn pedestal // 02: vintage glass tortoiseshell // 03: vintage pierced metal // 04: iridescent floral // 05: acrylic tortoiseshell // 06: teak root cake stand // 07: green lily pad // 08: mini handmade ceramic // 09: handmade confetti stand // 10: vintage midcentury marbleware // 11: square lenox // 12: handmade stoneware // 13: classic marble // 14: black and white enamelware // 15: set of 3 wood and metal stands // 16: conical wood stand //
Welp. I should have titled this post “Gimme All the Cake Stands.” I can envision confections and occasions for each one, but I’ll aim for brevity. Number 1 has obvious autumnal vibes. Hello, Thanksgiving! I could satisfy my tortoiseshell dreams with #2 or #5. Adorably speckled #9 comes in four other pretty pastel shades for all your colorful festivities. And finally, I can’t resist the edgy, rustic drama of #16. In case you are a restrained human who only desires one versatile and beautiful cake stand, I hope you’ll spy several options here.
If you are a person who doesn’t eat cake (surely that is not a thing), don’t worry. Cake stands can certainly hold other treats. Consider elevating your appetizers, cookies or charcuterie; virtually any food you’d present on a platter could happily occupy a loftier spot. Especially if you’re arranging a buffet table or dessert station, serving pieces of differing heights create visual interest and facilitate easy access. You may even need more than one. Wink.
Cake stands also provide an attractive raised corral for objects besides comestibles. A group of candles or a floral arrangement can sit above the action on the dining table. Exhibit and protect your shells, rocks or other treasures with a glass-domed version. I also adore them styled simply on open kitchen shelves or in a vintage china cabinet, their natural habitat.
Do you really need cake stands? No, but I think they enhance the presentation and sweeten the celebration. Plus, pretty. Ha! Besides, all the love you pour into those delicious treats deserves to be put on a pedestal. So, where are my fellow bakers? Does anyone have an enviable cake stand collection? I’d love to hear. I’m wishing you all a fantastic Pizza Friday and glorious weekend. Until next time, friends.