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Welcome to our big cake stand test 2021. Here we present all the cake stands that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best cake stand for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a cake stand.




Summary

  • Cake stands make your pastries a visual eye-catcher. In addition, the elevation through a base with one or more cake plates ensures easy cutting and taking of the individual pieces.
  • Depending on the occasion and decoration, you can choose between different shapes of cake plates and designs of cake stands.
  • The material has a great influence on how stable the cake stand is and how easy it is to transport.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Cake Stand

Why do I need a cake stand?

If you want your freshly baked cake not only to taste good but also to look good, you will usually use a cake stand. Cake stands are used to arrange cakes or any other baked goods on serving plates.

A foot in the middle of the cake stand raises the baked goods slightly. This not only makes the draped baked goods an eye-catcher, but the elevation also makes cutting easier.

A cake stand offers a wide range of decoration options and the pastries are safely draped and, depending on the model, also facilitates transport.

Cake stands can be used in many ways. They are not only suitable for festive occasions such as weddings or birthdays. Cake stands can also be used as everyday decoration or for serving the following dishes:

  • Cakes, cupcakes
  • Muffins, cupcakes
  • Fruit
  • Sweets
  • Cold cuts for a brunch

By the way, if you are looking for a good bread maker for your next brunch, you should take a look at this article. We also have other articles if you are also looking for a bread baking tin.

What cake sizes are there cake stands for?

Depending on what you want to use a cake stand for, you should also choose the size of the cake plate. Most cakes and tarts have a diameter of 20 to 30 cm, depending on the baking tin.

Accordingly, there are also cake stands where the cake plates have exactly these sizes.

According to our research, the cake plates are usually offered between 10 and 60 cm in diameter. However, for special designs (especially small or large plates), there are also corresponding offers.

The size you should choose depends on the size of the pastry that is to be served on the cake stand.

Make sure that the plate is a few centimetres larger than the cake to ensure stability and to make cutting easier. Alternatively, there are several options on how to proceed:

  • You can cover the overhanging plate with fondant, for example. This will add visual highlights and you can get creative with the design of the base.
  • Choose a cake stand that also has decorative elements on the edge. This makes a larger cake plate less conspicuous.
  • Choose a diameter of the cake plate that is the same as the diameter of the cake. But be careful, if the plate is too small, the cake will not remain stable on it and will break.

How much does a cake stand cost?

The price of the cake stand depends on various factors. Both the material, the number of cake plates and the diameter of the plates have a big influence. That is why the price usually varies between 15 and 40 euros.

Type of cake stand Price
Cake stand with one plate approx. 10-30 euros
Rotating cake stand with one plate approx. 20-35 euros
Multi-level cake stands approx. 25-140 euros

Basically, the choice of cake stand should depend on the intended use. If you want to present your cake at a big party, you should go for a higher-priced product. In this case, it is not only the appearance that is important, but also the quality and, in particular, the stability.

If the cake stand serves decorative purposes in everyday life, a cheaper model from 15 euros is sufficient. If you are convinced of the workmanship and the material, the cake stand will serve its purpose in any case.

Do I need a cover for the cake stand?

Cake stands not only look beautiful, but also help to provide a stable base for the cake. This also makes them good for transport. To protect your cake even better on the way, you can also cover the cake stand with a bonnet.

There are models that are more practical, such as plastic covers. For a little more money, you can also buy high-quality covers, for example made of glass or with beautiful decorations.

These have the advantage that they not only protect the cake. These covers do not block the view of the cake and can therefore be left on top of the cake during events, as long as the cake is not being touched.

A cake cover is not part of the mandatory basic equipment. However, if you want to protect your cake without losing anything visually, you can use glass covers.

Especially in summer, it is helpful to be able to cover the cake when it is hot. A cover can also help to prevent the cake from drying out so quickly or the fondant from sweating.

And it can be done without compromising the look of the cake. However, depending on how tall the cake is, you may not be able to find a suitable cover.

Should I buy or rent a cake stand?

If you don't want to buy the cake stand for long-term use, but only for a special day, it is possible to rent the cake stand.

It is also worth renting a cake stand if you already have one and only need a second one for one occasion. This saves you the cost of buying one, which can be quite high for elaborate stands. In addition, larger cake stands are usually less likely to be used afterwards.

The price is usually no higher than a new product. However, the prices are difficult to compare, as a one-time use cannot be equated with a permanent use.

What are the alternatives to cake stands?

Instead of buying a cake stand, you can also use modern "do-it-yourself" versions or simple household items.

Muffins or a normal cake can be draped quite easily without having to use a cake stand. However, it is more difficult with taller cakes, as they are presented in one piece and not cut into pieces in advance.

These suggestions show you what options you have for arranging muffins or cakes:

Alternative to classic cake stands Description
Baking tray If you have baked a sheet cake, you can simply leave the cake in the baking tray and place it on the table. To hide the classic silver and black tones of the baking tray, you can wrap the tin with coloured foil.
Plates muffins or already cut pieces of cake can easily be served on plates. Plates with a decorated rim look particularly high quality.
Build your own cake stand you can build a cake stand to your own taste from a wide variety of materials.

To create your own cake stand, you can use a wide variety of materials and objects. For example, you can:

  • Place a wooden plate on a wooden stump and secure it.
  • First place an upturned cup and place a plate on top so that it is lifted rather than just standing on the table.

What Types of Cake Stands are there and which one is right for you?

To drape a heavy, multi-tiered wedding cake, a different cake stand is needed than for light and smaller cakes. Therefore, there are different models and designs for different occasions. A distinction is made between two upper categories:

  • Cake plates
  • Cake stands

The main difference between these two types is the number of cake plates. While a simple cake stand consists of only one cake plate, a cake etagere can include several plates. The arrangement is also decisive for the overall visual impression.

In the following sections, you will find out which variant is suitable for which use and which advantages and disadvantages are associated with it.

What are the characteristics of a cake plate and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A cake platter consists of a base for stabilisation and a single plate-shaped platter on which you can drape the cake.

By being raised, cake stands make it easier for you to cut and take down the cake. And you don't have to bend down.

The cake plate is the classic model of a cake stand. It can hold a cake, a pie or several muffins.

There are cake plates that have a rotating mechanism. This makes it easier to use the cake stand.

Advantages
  • Models with rotating mechanism available
  • Durable and timeless
  • Makes it easier to cut the cake
Disadvantages
  • Only space for one large pastry
  • The foot can interfere in the dishwasher

When you cut the cake into pieces, you can simply turn the cake plate and don't have to move the whole stand around. This also makes the final preparations of the cake easier, for example if you want to decorate the cake with icing.

Most cake plates are characterised by the fact that they are particularly durable. Since they usually only consist of two parts, there is less risk of any of them breaking. However, the base often cannot be removed and can therefore get in the way when cleaning.

What distinguishes a cake stand and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In contrast to a simple cake plate, a cake rack consists of several cake plates.

Cake tiers can be assembled in different ways, resulting in different designs.

Etageren, which consist of several cake plates stacked on top of each other and held together by a central column, are often used for decoration.

However, a cake with several tiers can also be served on them, as is usual at weddings. The column means that the cake has to be pierced in the middle at each level.

Advantages
  • Usually easy to assemble
  • Plenty of space for different cakes
  • Creative arrangement of cakes possible
Disadvantages
  • Must be assembled
  • Heavier weight due to more material
  • More cumbersome to transport

Alternatively, cupcakes can be arranged around the column, for example. With etagères, a different size is usually chosen for each cake plate.

Another classic structure of the plates is the tiered form. Here, the plates are built up higher and higher in a slightly staggered manner, as with a staircase.

If you prefer something more unusual, there is also a cake stand, for example, which looks like a bicycle and has various storage options for cakes. The pyramid shape is also a popular model.

The cake stands usually have to be assembled independently. According to the manufacturers, assembly is usually very easy. However, when assembling, make sure that everything is firmly connected so that stability is guaranteed.

However, the combination of different plates and a frame also results in a higher weight of the entire model.

Buying Criteria: Use these Factors to compare and evaluate Cake Stands

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible cake stands.

These criteria are of particular importance:

So that you know what the individual criteria are, we have summarised the most important aspects in the following sections.

Diameter of the cake plates

Since there are different sizes of cake plates, you should always use the right size for your individual cake.

For a small cake with a diameter of 15 cm, a small cake plate is also sufficient. However, if you want to have a larger rim to decorate the cake, you will need to choose a plate a few centimetres larger.

As you probably won't always bake cakes of the same size, there are several options. You can either buy several simple cake stands with one plate in different sizes.

Or you can buy an etagere directly, which you can dismantle and thus always adjust to the size you need. Buying the cake stand directly as a set with several cake plates also makes it cheaper.

Shape of the cake plates

In most cases, a round cake plate is used because this is also the typical shape for cakes or pies. However, there is more choice than just a round shape.

Cake plates are not necessarily round, but there are also other shapes, such as square plates. Depending on the cake, you can vary the shape.

If you want to present the cake in a different variation, you can also choose a square plate. This is particularly suitable for sheet cakes.

There are also cake plates and especially etagères that are shaped like a heart. This not only sweetens the cake, but also the look. However, it is important to ensure that the weight of the cake is evenly distributed on the plate so that it does not fall off.

Material and stability

To ensure that your cake remains beautifully presented over a long period of time, the choice of material is crucial. In the following section, we explain which material is best for which purpose.

As a rule, cake stands are made of these materials:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Plastic
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminium
  • Glass
  • Cardboard
  • Wood

Wooden cake stands can be a visual eye-catcher. If it suits the celebration and the decoration, homemade or purchased wooden stands can additionally highlight the cake.

However, you must bear in mind that the cake should not be placed directly on the wood, but a plate or platter should protect the cake base.

Metals, such as stainless steel and aluminium, are very robust and available at an affordable price. However, the silver look may not suit every venue.

Plastics are convincing because of their usually low price and easy cleaning. They are also easy to transport and do not break too quickly. With plastics, you should always pay attention to the workmanship so that the overall appearance is successful.

The material of the cake stand is decisive for its stability, ease of transport, cleaning possibilities and appearance.

Cake stands made of porcelain or ceramic are among the classics. However, they are also the most complicated to handle.

This is because the material must be well protected during transport. Ceramic also weighs more than other materials. However, the surface is easy to clean with little effort.

While the materials already presented are suitable for multiple use, cardboard cake stands are only used once.

To avoid waste, it is worth switching to an alternative solution in the long run. In addition, only a small weight should be placed on it, as cardboard is not the most stable material.

Ease of assembly

The cake stand or etagere should simplify the presentation and transport of your cake and not make it more complicated. Therefore, when buying, pay attention to the ease of assembly of the individual parts.

If you have the option of buying a model that is already assembled, this is of course practical. However, cake stands in particular take up a lot of space, which is why you definitely need to have enough capacity to transport the stand safely.

To ensure that nothing goes wrong when assembling the cake stand, you should pay attention to the weight and ease of assembly when buying. Customer reviews can help you get an overview.

If you research the models on offer on the internet before buying, you can refer to customer reviews.

They represent the experiences of real buyers, so you have a good point of reference. If the buyers have also included product pictures, you can get an even better idea of the frame.

Design

Since it is always important to choose a cake stand that matches the surroundings, there are not only classic models in white or silver. Colourful and patterned cake plates or a vintage look are also very popular.

You can not only choose the colour of your choice, but also, for example, match the wrapping paper to the cake stand, or vice versa.

If it's a musical celebration, for example, there are fancy cake stands where the cake plates are made of records.

But always make sure that the cake is not lost on the cake stand and that the overall picture is coherent.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of Cake Stands

What accessories and spare parts are available for cake stands?

To avoid having to throw away the entire cake stand if a part breaks, you can buy every element in the appropriate accessories shop. Particularly with cake stands, a central rod can break or a screw can get lost. But it is very easy to replace them.

However, always allow enough time if you are missing a part. The individual parts of the cake stand should be complete before the event.

To ensure the stability of the stand, you should not use alternative parts, but use spare parts specially made for cake stands.

In addition to spare parts, you can also buy all kinds of baking accessories. These are particularly suitable for decorating the cake. The most common tools are piping bags, cake scrapers or spatulas for icing.

How do I drape the cake on the cake plate?

To make sure you don't make a mistake in the last few minutes of serving, here are a few tips on how to arrange a cake on a cake stand.

In the case of a simple cake stand with a cake plate, you can proceed differently depending on the recipe.

If you are stacking several layers, it may be easier to do this directly on the cake stand. This saves you having to transfer the cake from one plate to the other. Or you can prepare the cake on a thin metal plate and lift the cake with the plate onto the cake stand.

Buttercream cakes in particular should be chilled and firm when you lift them. Use an angled palette to remove the cake base and then hold it with both hands and place it on the desired cake plate.

Can I drape any cake on a cake plate?

Basically, any recipe and therefore any cake is suitable for being placed on a cake plate.

Smaller box cakes are easy to lift onto the plate, as they are usually firmer and do not break apart directly.

Basically, it is important that the cake is cooled and thus already a little firmer so that it can be lifted without any problems. With buttercream in particular, the cake could otherwise fall apart or develop dents.

Even multi-tiered cakes with pieces stacked diagonally on top of each other can be arranged on a cake stand. Make sure that the stand does not only have one foot in the middle, but is well supported all around so that the weight does not shift too much to one side and cause the stand and the cake to tip over.

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