The Best Cake + Cake Stand CombosAug 22, 2012
Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of seeing some amazing cake designs on top of my cake stands. The best part of my day is when I wake up in the morning, go through my emails and find a photo of a beautiful cake from one of our cake stand lovers. Whether it be an at-home baker, a fledgling artist or a world-renowned cake designer, I love all of their creations. I am inspired by the passion, creativity and countless hours it takes to create just one design. Here are just a few of my favorites that I am sure you will love, too. This cake by Jim Smeals is undoubtedly an eye-catcher. You would not think the grass green color would work so well with the coral but it is the design that happily marries these two springtime colors. And, it is rare to see a cake stand that is tied into the overall presentation of a cake. Here, the coral cake stand is the surprise element that compliments the flowers. The matching table linen and other goodies also help pull the color scheme together. Texture, texture, texture. This is a signature element I see in the cakes from The SweetSide and I love it. The buttercream piping in this cake adds depth without all the fuss of more intricate designs. And, the use of ombre in the cascading flowers is the perfect way to combine different colors. The crisp, white wedding cake stand matches the white buttercream adding height to the presentation without competing with the cake design. And, do you see how the cake stand is only slightly bigger than the bottom tier of the cake? This leaves just enough room for the flower detail without appearing too big that it dwarfs the cake. I worked with couture cake designer Maggie Austin to create this ultra-chic cake when I wanted to show off the beauty of my Black Tie Affair Cake Stands. Maggie is known for her ruffles and in this design she kicked it up a notch by incorporating a bold black and white stripe effect. The pop of pink in the flower breaks up the design and makes the cake just a little whimsical. And, the best part? Maggie hides the cake board by covering it with the ruffles. This delightful trio of cakes from a bakery in Alabama called Cake Designs may be simple but they sure do have a big impact. The flowers in particular are the stand-out feature here. The colors are slightly muted giving them a vintage charm and they are constructed to look almost paper-like. The smooth white tiers are the perfect canvas for showing off the flowers. And, even though each cake is slightly different, the look is unified by the same Vintage Lace Cake Stand. I could go on and on about all the beautiful cakes I have seen on my wedding cake stands (and maybe I will share some more soon). The one common factor in all of them is that there are some crazy talented cake designers out there. And, I will always love seeing the next new design in my inbox. Which photo is your favorite cake + cake stand combo?