Everything looks better on a pedestal. Even in ancient times they put statues up on stands, and at some point somebody decided that cakes and desserts deserve to be treated as objects of worship, too. And so cake stands were invented. The Mosser glass jadeite version kills me (it comes in a bunch of lovely colors: black and white and even pink). So while I don’t bake enough cakes to really justify buying a cake stand, the other issue is that I can’t decide which color to buy. Luckily, it’s very easy to make your own cake stand from thrift store supplies. I’ve seen these made with upside-down metal cake or tart pans, pizza pans, or even terracotta pots or log rounds, and many different styles of candle holders, cups, or wine glasses for the base. (These wild cat cake stands are a really fun twist on the idea, too.) There are about a million different variations, but when I spotted this pretty wooden candle holder at a thrift store, I knew I needed to make my own version of this beautiful wood and ceramic cake stand. It just took a little glue, and soon I had my very own cake stand.
Candle holder – I found mine secondhand, but World Market has a good selection.
Plate – As flat as possible is best.
Glue – I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy, but I’ve seen people use everything from E6000 to silicone aquarium glue.
Stick or skewer – To mix and apply the glue.
1. Make sure your plate and candle holder are nice and clean. Mix up your glue and apply it to the candle holder, then press it to the center of the bottom of the plate. Let dry. That’s it!
You don’t have to limit the use of cake stands to edibles. Pile them with flowers, or your collection of matchbooks, candles, or rocks (or all of the above). I’ve seen them used for jewelry storage or perfume on a vanity, and with plants or candles on top they can work as a table centerpiece, too. They’re so versatile that obviously we all need several in every color.
Now I have to give Portland spring and its flowers a shout-out here. I just went out in my front yard and cut all of these blossoms. To those of you still suffering through winter, I’m sorry. I’m sure you’ll have flowers soon, too!
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