15 Cake Stands Perfect for Displaying Any Dessert

After you've baked and frosted a simply gorgeous cake, place it on the pedestal it deserves. Here are our some of our favorite ways to show off your sweetest creations.

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Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie, John Derian, Williams Sonoma

It seems almost counterintuitive that a freshly baked cake deserves its very own serving plate, otherwise known as a cake stand or cake pedestal. But there's a practical reason why you should display your carefully created confection on something beautiful that elicits oohs and aahs when you set it on the table: A unique serving dish announces that it's time for dessert. And if you invest in something of heirloom quality, it's a piece that can be passed down to the budding bakers in your family one day in the far-off future.

If you've been placing your cakes on everyday dinnerware or flimsy paper plates, a whimsical, practical, or sleekly modern cake stand is a much better way to show off your labor of love. And there's no need to limit your display to cakes—pies, cupcakes, muffins, and babka also deserve to take the stand.

Anthropologie "Glenna" Cake Stand

Glenna Cake Stand
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If you're looking for a rustic cake stand, this one is for you. It'ss crafted from earthenware, which gives it its slightly weathered appearance. Made in Italy, this stunning piece provides timeless appeal, plus, it is dishwasher and microwave safe, so it will last for the long haul.

Williams Sonoma "Famille Rose" Cake Stand

Famille Rose Cake Stand
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Inspired by traditional Chinese porcelain, this cake stand includes striking flora and fauna detail. It features a clear glaze and a red, ruffled rim as the finishing touches.

Martha Stewart Jadeite Cake Stand

martha stewart jadeite green cake stand
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Take a cue from Martha and display your desserts in vintage-inspired fashion with her jadeite cake stand. It is made of durable glass that makes it perfect for routine use.

Carson Acacia Wood Cake Pedestal

Carson Acacia Wood Cake Pedestal
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Opt for a natural cake stand, like this iteration made with acacia wood. The glass dome comes in handy to keep your cake and light bites, like cheese and fruit, protected during your get-together.

AHeirloom Maple Wooden Cake Stand

AHeirloom Maple Wooden Cake Stand
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Truly a work of art, thanks to the swirling FSC-certified wood grains and unique base, this cake stand will stand apart from any other serveware in your kitchen. It is made complete with a Corian top and mineral oil- and beeswax-based finish.

John Derian "Roses" Stacking Cake Pedestal

Roses Stacking Cake Pedestal
Courtesy of John Derian

Consider adding a chic, decoupaged cake stand as the centerpiece for your tables. It is made with collaged paper under handblown glass. The made-to-order pieces, which take between two to four weeks to create, are produced with antique and vintage prints.

Connected Goods Brass Cake Stand

Connected Goods Brass Cake Stand
Courtesy of Anthropologie

Both chic and simple, this brass cake stand is an amazing piece to keep in your cabinets for a special occasion. Each is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by artisans.

Estelle Hand-Blown Color Glass Cake Stand

Estelle Colored Glass Hand-Blown Cake Stand
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Hand-blown by artisans in Poland, a country renowned for its delicate glassware, this 12-inch cake stand takes its style cues from antique shop finds of yesteryear. Available in pastel shades of rose, smoke, lavender, and yellow.

Pillivuyt Porcelain Cake Stand

chocolate cake on white cake stand
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What better pedestal to present our chocolate-flecked layer cake with lush milk chocolate frosting than this 14-inch hand-fired porcelain classic with a gently raised rim? It's made in France by Pillivuyt, a venerable tableware producer and is available in 11 ¾-inch and 14-inch sizes.

Frontgate "Amelie" Single-Tier Cake Server with Cloche

Amelie Single-Tier Cake Server with Cloche
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While nothing can outshine your mouth-watering baked goods, this gorgeous stainless-steel and aluminum cake server comes close, thanks to its polished, metallic-plated finish in nickel or gold. The finishing touch: a clear glass cloche to keep your cake fresh.

Mosser Glass Glass Cake Stand

Strawberrt cake on pink cake stand
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Our triple-layered strawberry sponge cake wrapped in strawberry-meringue buttercream is irresistible, especially when served on a vintage-inspired, 10-inch glass stand in matching pink from legendary Ohio maker, Mosser Glass. Also available in 6-inch and 12-inch sizes, with and without dome covers, in a wide range of colors.

JK Adams Marble and Walnut Rotating Cake Stand

JK Adams marble and walnut rotating cake stand
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Take this unique rotating cake stand for a spin every time you slice, or even while you frost your cake layers. Constructed with a sturdy walnut base and a finished marble top that keeps your cake cool—it's not only practical but beautiful to behold.

Julie Hadley "Wabi Sabi" Ceramic Cake Stand

Julie Hadley Handmade Wabi Sabi Ceramic Cake Stand
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With its adorable overhang and petite dimensions, this fanciful, 8-inch ceramic stoneware stand, handmade by ceramist Julie Hadley, is the ideal platform for tarts, cookies, and other sweet pleasures.

West Elm Marble and Brass Cake Stand

Marble and brass cake stand
Courtesy of West Elm

Showcase your frosted layer cakes, cupcakes, and most any confection in style with this 12-inch stand featuring a solid marble top and snazzy brass-finished steel pedestal.

Le Creuset Enamel Cake Stand

Le Creuset Enamel Cake Stand
Courtesy of Sur La Table

Made from dense stoneware, this sturdy 12-inch pedestal is glazed with an impermeable, nonstick enamel that stands up to knives, allowing you to cut right on the surface, and also resists cracks and scratches. Choose from red, white, or blue.

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