So Candice won The Great British Bake Off, with her ever-changing lipsticks and her creative bakes. One of her signature styles in the show was to put her bakes on interesting displays, when she presented them to Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. It wasn’t just this that won her the coveted title, but showed that presentation is an important part of baking.
Candice proved that it matters whatever you bake you need to show it off properly. You could have baked the perfect Victoria sponge, but pop it on a chipped plate and your guests are not going to want to tuck in.
We are showcasing some unusual cake stands and some plainer ones, but we are sure that there’s one here for every taste.Two Tier Porcelain Cake Stand – £5.00
This goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy cake stands if you want to display your bakes properly. What we like about this one is that it’s quite plain, featuring two porcelain tiers, which make the cakes the star and not the stand. And for a fiver, who’s to complain?
Large Swirly Cupcake Centrepiece Cake Display Stand – £10.49
Everyone is making cupcakes at the moment but they are a devil to display. Not any more with this especially designed cupcake stand. The swirly cup holders can take most cupcake sizes and it looks really effective when full. It is easy to assemble so don’t let that put you off because it also means you can take it apart and store it in smaller spaces. Holds 23 cakes.
From: Lakeland.co.ukJ by Jasper Conran Glass designer cake stand – was £30.00 now £24.00
Classic, chic and minimal, this cake stand from J by Jasper Conran will be used again and again because it is so versatile. The glass design and flat platter in one tier can hold any number of bakes, including several layer cakes, flans, tartes, signature bakes that are taller than others, the list goes on. Ideal for all occasions.
From: debenhams.comTwo Tier Cream Cake Stand – £24.99
This is a lovely cake stand that features two porcelain tiers in a cream colour with a pretty scalloped edging. It also has a bamboo wooden stem which gives it a really modern and contemporary feel. The scalloping provides an edge so that your bakes do not fall off the plates and the whole stand is easy to assemble. Once you have taken it apart, you can pop the plates in the dishwasher for quick and easy cleaning.
From: Lakeland.co.ukArtesa 2 Tier Slate Serving Stand – £34.99
If, like Candice, you are always looking for something a little different to put your bakes on, how about this slate stand from the Artesa range? It has two natural slates which are complimented with a wooden frame to offer a modern twist on cake stands. You can use it to display anything, from cakes to canapes, even cheese and biscuits. The slates are easily lifted off the frame and can be wiped down, ready for use next time.
From: lakeland.co.ukAfternoon Tea 2 Tier Cake Stand – £44.99
Made from a high quality steel frame with a sparkling chrome finish, this stand looks as if it has been beautifully crafted from sterling silver. Has a real Victorian air about it, and great detailing, such as the lace frills on the tiers and the bow on the top of the stand. A good stand to use for anniversaries, weddings and other memorable occasions.
From: thecakedecoratingcompany.co.ukVilleroy & Boch Farmers spring egg tray stand – £79.00
This is what I imagine the cakes would be served on at a posh afternoon tea at Claridges. A really stunning pair of porcelain plates, decorated with Easter motifs, including chickens, eggs and spring flowers. Bring this stand out for special occasions.
Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom three-tier cake stand – £80.00
This cake stand features floral designs that were inspired by the company’s very own archives. The stand is made from the highest fine bone china, so be careful when washing it. It has delightful designs including butterflies, blossoms and roses complimented with gold edging.
From: selfridges.comCulinary Concepts Beaded Cake Stand with Glass Dome – £84.95
If you are worried about bugs walking all over your special bakes, then worry no more. This wonderful cake stand had a glass dome that keeps all the nasty creatures off your bakes, and displays your cake at the same time. The beaded serving platter is raised to give height to your baking and the dome has a ahndy handle for easy removal.
Golden Tiered Metal Cake Stand with Leather Strap – £99.99
If you are looking for a slightly more retro look for displaying your cakes, this stand from the Danish homeware brand Rice by Rice might interest you. Crafted from melamine, it has a good height at 40cm and the largest tier is 28cm.