Measuring, mixing, folding, icing—baking a homemade cake is hard work. It takes a lot of patience and time… time that you as a mom would rather spend taking a much-needed shower, working out, or better yet, relaxing. But here you are—baking for your friends and family instead.
And you spent way too long on said cake to just throw it on any old crappy plate you pulled out of the cabinet. It deserves to be shown off. It deserves to be put on a literal pedestal. It deserves a cake stand.
There are cake stands for every taste (from rustic chic to contemporary) and every type of cake (including cupcakes, and cookies, of course!). To help you serve up your sweet treats in style this spring, we’ve rounded up eight of the prettiest cake stands below. Because as the saying goes, you should be able to have your cake and eat it—and display it—too.
PS-If your idea of baking means baking cookie dough rounds, or opening a box of store bought cookies, we don’t judge. You can still make it *look* homemade.
Every mom knows the struggle that is trying to keep your kids away from sweets until it’s time for dessert (because shocker, simply telling them to be patient doesn’t seem to cut it). While nothing can truly deter the most determined—or rather, the hungriest—kid, this stand, which has a glass dome, can help protect your cake from greedy hands for at least a little longer. And even better, it’ll look good doing it. The topper—featuring a fancy engraved handle—sits on a round slab of natural wood, for that rustic chic look that you’re jealous of every time Joanna Gaines pops up on your Instagram feed.
Your cupcakes look good, of course, but they’ll look even better on this elegant three-tiered stand. Each porcelain plate is embossed with a feminine floral pattern and edged with the most delicate, lacy design—i.e. it’s giving us major English tea party vibes (in the best way!). The stand is available in three pretty pastels—pale blue, baby pink, and light yellow—and can hold up to 20 standard cupcakes. Happy customers also love that the plates (which are 10-, 8-, and 6-inches wide) curve up slightly at the edges so they can be used for more than just cupcakes like fresh fruit or candies.
Pardon the pun but this marble stand (literally) takes the cake. The circular slab of elegant white marble sits atop curved brass legs and will instantly elevate your dessert from so-so to so chic. And while it looks like something you’d find at one of those expensive fancy kitchen stores, we have some good news for budget-loving mamas—you can get the cake stand at Wayfair for under $50 (we won’t tell your friends, promise!). Reviewers rave that it’s heavy and sturdy and say that they’ve used it for everything from wedding cakes to cheese plates to even a makeshift plant stand. I.e. you’ll get a lot of use out of that $50 you spend.
Every home baker/party hostess knows that a pretty dessert stand is, well, icing on the cake. And it doesn’t get much prettier than this rustic farmhouse one, which is a roomy 10 inches by 10 inches. With lacy, antique detailing and a distressed finish, it’s straight off of your “dream home decor” Pinterest board and can be used for all your sweet creations year-round. “I adore this cake stand!! It is everything you expect it to be,” one reviewer wrote, adding, “It looks very elegant and should help a smaller cake look like more than if it was alone.” And you don’t have to just trust her—the cake stand has over 200 glowing reviews.
Sure, you could use a regular old everyday cake stand—but Easter deserves something a little bit special (especially this year, ya feel?). And what’s more special than a platter being held up by an adorable bunny? This glazed ceramic dish is handcrafted—which means no one else will have the same one as you—and is the perfect size for a 6-inch cake. Made by popular home decor company La Jolie Muse, the stand has over 400 reviews on Amazon for being equal parts adorable and high-quality. Happy home chefs like that it has a rim so you can use it for more than just cakes, like candy, cookies, or even just Easter decor.
If you’re a firm believer that a cupcake a day keeps the mom blues away (no judgment!), you’ll need a way to display said cupcakes. And according to hundreds of reviewers, this wire stand from Wilton is the perfect solution. At just over a foot tall—and under $20 for all you price-checkers—it’s incredibly easy to assemble and can hold up to 23 cupcakes (or any other sweet treats you whip up). People say they use it as a centerpiece for parties because it looks good, yes, but it also makes it convenient for guests to snag a cupcake whenever they want one. Bonus: The layers collapse down when you’re finished for compact storage.
So you’re a mom who’s, well, a bit extra. There is no shame in that game, girl. Own your over-the-top tendencies with this glitzy cake stand that’s dripping in jewels. With ornate metal detailing and glittery dangling crystals, the stand is big enough to hold a 10-inch cake (and sturdy enough to hold one with multiple tiers!) or up to 12 cupcakes. Plus, if pink isn’t your thing, it comes in eight stunning colors: champagne, teal, white, gold, silver, lavender, and rose gold. No matter which you choose, it’ll be sure to wow your Easter dinner guests (even if they’re only seeing it over FaceTime this year).
A makeup display that doubles as a cake stand? Heck yeah, we’ll take it. This chic double-tiered stand has two layers of elegant white marble held together by two shimmering gold rings. The marble slabs are small enough to sit comfortably on your countertop yet large enough to hold your haul of homemade cookies, cupcakes, and other assorted bonbons. And while it certainly isn’t the cheapest stand out there, the fact that you can use it as a vanity organizer for all your makeup and perfume afterwards makes it more than worth the extra bucks. (Just maybe don’t show your husband the receipt when it shows up on your doorstep…)
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