Wedding Cake Stands

Your wedding cake stand can make or break your cake-cutting picture. Continue for a complete guide on how to choose the perfect wedding cake stand.

By Jane Chertoff

Wedding Cake Stands
Photo by Zola

A wedding cake stand is a literal foundation that your cake stands on—so you want to make sure that you pick something solid and sturdy. Don’t worry, you can also choose one that looks beautiful. Of course, aesthetics and what type of cake you’re having on your big day factor in, too, so you want to choose a wedding cake stand that matches your overall theme and wedding vision.

Your wedding planner and baker are your best resources to help you choose the right stand for your cake. If you’re DIY-ing your wedding cake or cupcakes, you can order a cake stand online or look for a vintage stand at antique stores near you. Here’s a look at the different types of wedding cake stands and how to decide what’s right for your wedding.

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Does the Type of Wedding Cake Influence the Stand That You Need?

The size and type of wedding cake you’re getting will influence which cake stands you can use. Common types of wedding cakes include:

  • Traditional, multi-tiered wedding cake. The number of tiers you’ll have is based on how many guests you’ll need the cake to serve and what aesthetic you are going for. The weight and height of the cake will influence which cake stand you need.
  • Deconstructed wedding cake. The layers of cake are displayed separately or “deconstructed” on multiple cakes stands. The layers may be different shapes or flavors.
  • Cupcakes or mini cakes. An alternative to a traditional wedding cake, you can serve cupcakes or mini cakes instead, and display them on a multi-tiered cake or dessert stand for easy access for your guests.

Different Styles of Cake Stands

There are different styles of cake stands. You can choose which one will work for your wedding cake based on the height of your cake and how much it weighs. You should also think about how you want the cake to be displayed (tiered, separate layers on different stands, or floating.)

Cake Plate or Platter

A cake plate—a display plate or platter generally for one or two-tiered cakes—may be flat or slightly elevated. Cake plates may come in different shapes such as square or round.

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Pedestal Stand

A pedestal cake stand is a raised cake stand that can be used for one or multi-tiered cakes. This is a popular choice for wedding cakes as it elevates your cake and creates a beautiful display for your cake/dessert table.

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Pillared Stand

A tiered stand that allows you to display a multi-layer cake with “pillars” in-between the layers. (Think of them like columns holding up a structure such as the Pantheon.) If you like this look, work with an experienced baker, as it’s more involved to “balance” than some of the other stands.

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Floating Stand

If you want to create a stunning display for your cake/dessert table, consider a floating cake stand. A floating cake stand, which utilizes a cake spacer placed between two tiers of cake, gives the impression that layers of your cake are “floating.”

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Cake Stand Materials

Cake stands are available in a variety of materials. Pick a cake stand that aligns well with your wedding theme and aesthetic.

  • Wood. A wooden wedding cake stand works well to display a rustic wedding cake during an outdoor or rustic reception.
  • Porcelain. Porcelain cake stands are classic and durable. These can work well for a vintage or classic wedding cake.
  • Wrought iron. Wrought iron is another sturdy option for a cake stand. This look goes well with a variety of wedding aesthetics. It would look equally as great in either a rustic or elegant reception.
  • Glass. For an elevated look, a glass cake stand will show off your cake. Glass cake stands are the most fragile, so make sure that your baker is comfortable with a glass stand before you get your heart set on this look, Cinderella.

What to Discuss With Your Baker

A reputable banker who has experience with wedding cakes should be able to advise you on which type of cake stand you’ll need. Some points you may want to discuss with them include the following:

  • Who is responsible for the cake stand? Your baker may have already included the price of the stand in your contract; however, you may want to double-check that they can provide a cake stand that you’ll use for the night. If you have your heart set on a specific style, or you want to provide your stand, make sure to discuss it with the baker ahead of time. They will let you know if it will work with the cake you’ve chosen. Your wedding venue may also have cake stands available for rent.
  • What size cake will you have? This will influence which cake stands you could use.
  • How to pick a cake stand. If your special day has a specific theme, you may want to choose a cake stand that fits the aesthetic. For example, a wooden cake stand works well for a rustic or outdoor wedding. A glass or floating cake stand will look beautiful for a hotel or upscale restaurant reception.

What Size Cake Stand Is Best for Your Cake?

The wedding cake baker is the best resource for what size cake stand plate or base, you’ll need. Follow these general guidelines to give you a better idea of what to expect.

  • A two-tiered, 8-inch cake: 11.5-inch plate
  • A three-tiered, 10-inch cake: 13.5-inch plate
  • A four-tiered, 14-inch cake: 15.5-inch plate
  • A small, 4-inch cake: 9.5-inch plate

Pro tip: The plate of your cake stand should always be larger than the size of your cake’s base layer.