Whether you are serving up a triple-layer cake or miniature cupcakes, a cake stand makes even the most plain looking creations shine. They give your bakes the height for a sense of grandness to make any get together feel like a special occasion.
Cake stands are usually a standard size of 25cm in diameter to match the standard cake tin size of 20cm, leaving an edge of 5cm for easy slicing and neat presentation – you could add pretty fruit such as cherries or even decorative flowers on the edge for a more professional look.
We've picked out the best cake stands, from a bold stand with a whimsical feel for your table to the more minimal designs to let your cake do the talking. Choose your favourite for an at-home afternoon tea, birthday celebrations or to bring to any Platinum Jubilee street parties or gatherings.
Best cake stands at a glance
- Best simple cake stand: Habitat cake stand, £15
- Best for a showstopper: Alize pink glass cake stand, £24.50
- Best budget cake stand: John Lewis glass cake stand, £20
- Best with lid: Harshman cake stand, £32
- Best large cake stand: Pedestal cake stand, £34.78
- Best bold cake stand: OYOY Toppu tray, £47
- Best multi-use cake stand: Lazy Susan cake stand, £65.98
- Best for cupcakes: Slate three-tier cupcake stand, £12.99
Best cake stands 2022
Habitat cake stand
Best simple cake stand
- Available from Argos (£15).
Show off your cakes on this raised cake stand with a clean and simple design. With a height of only 10cm, this cake stand will not overwhelm a small table, plus it has no rim for easy slicing.
Alize pink glass cake stand
Best for a showstopper
In a bright pink hue, this cake glass stand is made from glass, embossed and with a scalloped edge to add a whimsical feel to your cakes. Gift this to a keen or beginner baker to showcase any spectacular bake.
John Lewis glass cake stand
Best budget cake stand
Made entirely from glass, this cake stand has an intricate textured design that creates a beautiful shadow when the sun hits it. Plus it looks very luxurious for its price.
Harshman cake stand
Best with lid
- Available from Wayfair (£32.21).
Fitted with a dome to keep your cakes fresh, this cake stand has a frilled edge creating a pretty boarder for a round cake. This porcelain stand would fit right into an afternoon tea spread with a white table cloth and colourful plates. It is also dishwasher-safe and not overly large for more petite bakes.
Pedestal cake stand
Best large cake stand
- Available from Nisbets (£34.78).
Bring your cake the attention it deserves with this large cream-coloured cake stand. It has a subtle shade to not distract from your creation and is made from a durable porcelain. It is also dishwasher-safe for when you want an easy end to festivities.
OYOY Toppu tray
Best bold cake stand
This handmade ceramic cake stand has a candy cane design which contrasts well with classic bakes such as a carrot cake or Victoria sponge. At 20cm, this cake stand is slightly smaller in diameter than most, but it would be perfect fit to jazz up a store-bought treat.
Lazy Susan cake stand
Best multi-use cake stand
In simple silver, this two-in-one stand works as a cake stand that rotates for when you're serving up multiple flavoured tea cakes or cupcakes, and a cake stand that rotates for when you are after a perfectly iced cake. Plus, with a diameter of 30cm, this is great for large bakes.
Slate three-tier cupcake stand
Best cupcake stand
- Available from Amazon (£12.99).
Bring the tea salon home with this three-tier cupcake stand. This plain slate cupcake tier has a dark grey, sleek look that makes cupcakes and patisseries appear brighter and bolder, plus it is simple to assemble and disassemble for space-saving purposes.
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