Soon after I began this business, in 1994, I searched around Richmond Virginia for some silver cake stands. My quest drew nothing to my liking so I asked my family in England to find some for me. As the project grew I ended up importing some English silver cake stands and since then have purchased several others and now have a collection totaling 12. They include one glass round, 2 silver square and 9 silver round stands. Sometimes called plateaus due to their height but not to be confused with silver trays which are much flatter and have very short legs.
One of the most spectacular ways to present a wedding cake is on a cake stand. These beautifully crafted bases are the perfect setting for an elegant wedding cake and serve as a vehicle to present the wedding cake in all its glory. They lift the cake from the table and elevate it above the bridesmaids’ bouquets so as not to have the cake compete with the flowers.
It is important that the stand itself not compete with the cake, just like a frame should not outshine a painting, photograph or piece of art. So choosing the right stand is critical not only by style but also size. Most cake stands are either round or square and are measured across the top, even if they have beveled sides. A good rule of thumb is the stand should be between 4-6 inches wider than the size of the bottom tier. This still allows for the baker to place the cake on a cake board for stability, transport and cutting purposes. Putting a small wedding cake on a large cake stand would not look good and not present the cake at its best.
Most cake stands are silver, but other materials may be appropriate depending on the style of the cake. However, they must be strong enough to hold the full weight of the finished cake and with a food safe finish.
Some venues, rental companies and wedding planners offer cake stands but they tend to use the ‘one size fits all’ approach, which while may appear convenient initially may not give the desired affect visually at the reception. So let us know if you would like to reserve on and we’ll have the correct stand all buffed up just for you.