Are you curious about our cake stands? What size to use? How to pick a color? Why you might need one? My name is Sarah, the cake stand guru behind Sarah’s Stands, and I can answer all your cake stand questions. I have spent more time thinking about, looking at, and crafting cake stands than almost anyone. So, let me breakdown the cake stand basics for you. Or, if you already know what you want, you can start shopping now!
What size cake stand do I need?
You will want to choose a cake stand that is the same size or bigger than the bottom tier of your cake. Most tiered cakes are created on a cake board and, ideally, your cake board and cake stand will be the same size.
If you have chosen a simple cake design with minimal decorations, a cake stand that is the same size as the bottom tier of your cake will create a seamless transition from the cake to the cake stand. If your cake design has embellishments, such as flowers, you will want to use a cake stand that is bigger than the bottom tier of your cake to provide a small ledge for the embellishments.
I recommend never using a cake stand that is smaller than your cake board in order to ensure that your cake is as stable as possible. If you have any questions about the size of your cake or cake board, it is best to ask your baker.
When choosing a cake stand, make sure the top plate is completely flat so that it supports your cake properly. Any dips in the top plate can cause your cake to sag and ruin the design. All of Sarah’s Stands cake stands feature a flat top plate for this reason.
What is a cake board?
A cake board is a cardboard disc that your cake is built on and it is used to help transport your cake to the venue. There are a variety of cake board sizes available and the design of your cake determines the size of the cake board.
I recommend using a cake stand that is the same size as your cake board. If you do not know the size of your cake board, consult with your baker.
How much weight can a cake stand hold?
This will depend on the manufacturer and quality of the cake stand you choose. After you’ve spent all that time (and money) designing your wedding cake, you want to make sure your cake stand will support the weight of such a large cake.
You can test out your cake stand by stacking books or dumb bells on it that equal the same weight as your cake. Or, you can get a Sarah’s Stands cake stand that is specifically designed to hold the weight of tiered cakes. We even have a snazzy weight chart here on the right of the maximum weight we recommend for each size cake stand.
As you can see, our cake stands can easily support the weight of tiered cakes. In fact, the maximum weight capacity is well over the weight of an average size cake.
|Cake Stand Size||Max Weight|
|10″ Cake Stand||40 lbs.|
|12″ Cake Stand||75 lbs.|
|14″ Cake Stand||110 lbs.|
|16″ Cake Stand||145 lbs.|
|18″ Cake Stand||180 lbs.|
How do I pick a color for my cake stand?
Choosing your cake stand color is an opportunity to incorporate your wedding colors, accentuate a specific feature of your cake, or add color to a simple cake design.
Making a bold choice like pink or mint can make your whole cake presentation stand out. Or, you can choose a subtle color like black or silver that will add height and drama to your presentation. When in doubt, a white cake stand is a classic choice that is always in style with any design.
Choosing a color will depend on your style and the type of display you would like to have for your cake. Thinking about your cake stand as a part of the overall cake design can lead to stunning results. If you are having trouble picking a color for your cake stand, contact us and we will do our best to assist you.
Where do I find a cake stand?
The two most common ways to get a cake stand is either to rent or buy one. If available, you can rent a cake stand from your baker or an event rental company.
However, this can be expensive for a one-time use and your options are limited. Buying a cake stand provides you with many more options so that you can get the exact look you want. As an added bonus, your cake stand will be a cherished memento that can be used for years to come.
Most bakers do not provide a cake stand so you will have to find your own. Sarah’s Stands is the best resource for buying a cake stand as we offer a wide variety of colors and sizes designed for wedding cakes.
Why do I need a cake stand?
A wedding cake stand is the secret weapon that will make all of your guests ooh-and-aah over your cake.
It is the perfect finishing touch as it will add height and drama to the cake presentation. It can be the splash of color that brings your cake design together or it can make a simple design sublime. I often say that a cake stand is like a perfect pair of high heels for a glamorous dress.
Added Bonus: Your cake stand will make all the future celebrations in your new, happily married life that much sweeter.
Did you know
A cake stand makes smaller cakes look bigger. If you’re on a budget, this is a simple way to add some oomph to your cake presentation.
I hope this guide has answered all your cake stand questions but, if not, feel free to contact us. If you want some advice on how to design and display your wedding cake, I highly suggest reading the above mentioned articles. You can also find so much more information on our blog and by tuning into our podcast, 3 Friends Having Dessert.
Best wishes on your big day. I hope it’s everything you dream it to be.