A selection of coloured cake stands in a row

11 best cake stands to buy

Whether you want to blow the budget with a modern marble stand, or prefer to keep things classic with a tiered china number, we’ve found 11 of the best cake stands to jazz up your next afternoon tea

Looking for the best tiered cake stands? Want to buy a cake stand with a dome? Read on for the best crockery to serve your afternoon tea on (check out our recipes here)


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Banquet plateau with glass dome, £17.05, Amazon

An affordable yet classic cake stand for a showstopping layer cake or for displaying pretty cupcakes on. The glass dome lid is ideal for keeping your bakes fresh when you want to leave them out on show.

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A glass cake stand with glass dome

Van Gogh bamboo slat cake stand, £19.99, Amazon

A great alternative cake stand for a contemporary afternoon tea. Serve savoury snacks on one layer and sweets on the other. With a handy foldable frame, it’s the best buy for those that are short on space.

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A two-tier cake stand with slates

Fusion 2-tier cake stand, £35, John Lewis

This funky monochrome design will make your delicate patisseries stand out. Made from hand-painted stoneware, this classic two-tier cake stand is chip resistant, so ideal for using time and time again.

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A two-tier black and white cake stand

Kiku blue cake stand, £36, Oliver Bonas

With its quirky design (we’re looking at those on-trend scalloped handles) and delicate floral pattern, this porcelain cake stand is perfect for showing off a classic victoria sponge. When you’re not baking, it’ll be beautiful as it is on your shelves.

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A single tier blue cake stand with white design

Cabbage cake stand, £77, Amara

Buy this intricate earthenware cake stand if you want to add some fun to your afternoon tea, then slowly build up the full collection (we’re talking bowls, plates and trays, too).

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A green cake stand shaped like a cabbage

Orla Kiely wooden serving dome, £90, Amazon

Want a cake stand you can display, serve and cut on? With a durable acacia wood base, this retro serving board is ideal for slicing cakes on. Plus, the glass dome means your bakes will stay fresh.   

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A wooden cake plate topped with a glass dome

Daan marble and metal cake stand, £45, Made

If you want modern glamour with a lower price tag, this super-sleek number is great for those that want to serve matcha mille crêpe cakes rather than a chocolate sponge. What’s more, marble keeps cool in hot temperatures, so whip this cake stand out in the height of summer.

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A single plate cake stand with brass stand and marble top

Polka tiered cake stand, £100, Amara

A more traditional tiered cake stand for those who like things classic, with pops of colour from the metallic lustre. This elegant porcelain piece might be an investment, but it’d make a great gift for sweet-toothed friends.

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A three-tier cake stand with wooden stand

House Decor rustic cake stand, £55.50, Trouva

Serve finger sarnies, scones and cupcakes on this porcelain stand. Get this out at low-key gatherings where you want the cakes to do the talking.

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Rustic Cake Stand

Tom Dixon stone cake stand, £135, Heals

If you want to blow the budget, this marble and brass cake stand is an impressive kitchen addition. Carved to create a translucent glow, this simple stand is made to make your cakes look as elegant as possible.     

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A marble stand with a brass plate on top

PiP Studio Royal 3-tier cake stand, £60, John Lewis

Bring a slice of The Ritz into your home with this dainty china stand. With vintage-inspired floral prints, this a must-buy for fans of traditional afternoon tea.


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A three-tier china cake stand with delicate floral printed pattern

Have our cake stands got you inspired? Here are some of our favourite recipes to put them to use…

Classic Victoria sponge

Light Victoria Sponge Recipe

Matcha mille crepe cake

Matcha Mille Crepe Cake Recipe (Plus How To Video)

Chocolate almond cake with amaretto cream

Chocolate Amaretto Almond Cake Recipe