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A selection of coloured cake stands in a row

11 best cake stands to buy

Published: May 25, 2021 at 11:29 am

Whether you want some investment china or a versatile stand for everyday use, we’ve found 11 of the best cake stands to jazz up your afternoon teas

Show off your baking with a chic cake stand. Whether you're looking for the best tiered cake stands to make a statement or want to buy a cake stand with a dome, we've rounded up 11 of the best single-, double- and three-tiered cake stands.


Read on for the best crockery for serving your afternoon tea and the perfect cake ideas for each. For more inspiration, read our guide to the best stand mixers and cookie cutters.

Cake stands

Cabbage cake stand, £52, John Lewis & Partners

Buy this intricate earthenware cake stand if you want to add some fun to your afternoon tea, then slowly build up the full collection (there are bowls, plates and trays, too). The flat edge makes it easy to remove slices of showstopper bakes – try a generous bundt or towering layer cake.

A green cake stand shaped like a cabbage

Marble and acacia display stand, £29.99, Lakeland

This versatile marble and wood cake stand is perfect for generous square cakes, like our peaches and cream cake, or for displaying a classic Christmas cake over the festive season. The marble surface also helps keep food cool, making it a great option for serving cheese or chilled canapés.

Lakeland cake stand

Glass cake stand, £50, The White Company

This simple, pretty glass cake stand stands out on even the busiest afternoon tea tables. Made of delicate crystal, it has a generous 31.5cm diameter that's ideal for serving a classic Victoria sponge or lemon drizzle cake. You can buy a matching towering glass cloche separately to protect leftovers.

White Company cake stand

Double-tiered cake stands

St James's two-tier cake stand, £130, Fortnum & Mason

If you’ve ever had a Fortnum & Mason afternoon tea, recreate the experience at home with this elegant double cake stand. With Fortnum & Mason's signature eu de nil trim and delicate bone china, this investment cake stand is made for special occasions.

Fortnum & Mason cake stand

Marble double-tier cake stand, £69.50, Oliver Bonas

Who says a cake stand needs to be round? This sleek marble and gold double-tier version has wide, flat, rectangular plates that are perfect for displaying loaf cakes and eclairs. The helpful tall handle also means there’s plenty of space for fitting slices of layer cakes on the top shelf.

Oliver Bonas cake stand

Wild strawberry cake stand, sugar bowl and cream jug set, £224, Harrods

A Wedgwood bone china cake stand is a timeless investment. The pretty wild strawberry pattern with gold detailing is perfect for serving up classic scones and delicate pastries. For the complete afternoon tea experience, this comes with a matching cream jug and sugar bowl.

Wedgwood cake stand

Anna Gong folding stainless steel cake stand, £160, Trouva

This folding luxury option is a totally unique double-tiered cake stand with a modern stainless-steel design by Alessi, perfect if you're not a fan of the vintage or old-fashioned look. The folding design also makes it easy to store when not in use. As well as a modern afternoon tea, we think this would work particularly well for small treats to go with tea and coffee after dinner – think homemade toffees or chocolate truffles.

SELFRIDGES Alessi Anna Gong folding stainless streel cake stand (2)

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 (try homemade macarons) on the other. With a handy foldable frame, it’s a bargain buy for those who are short on space.

A two-tier cake stand with slates

Three-tiered cake stands

Tosca three-tiered cake stand, £28, Amara

At under £30, this is a great value three-tiered cake stand. The simple white and wooden design lets colourful bakes shine (think bold blackberry cupcakes or a rainbow of jam tarts). Although not huge, the three tiers can each hold up to a hefty kilo of bakes. The smaller size would be perfect for making afternoon tea for two feel like a treat.

Amara three tier cake stand white

Sara Miller Chelsea collection cake stand, £54.50, John Lewis & Partners

Go bold with this unique bird print, three-tiered cake stand with touches of 22-carat gold. A full afternoon tea set is available in the pretty pattern, including matching cake plates, a teapot and cups. Continue the quirky theme by loading up with alternative afternoon tea treats – try indulgent doughnuts, striking cookies or airy meringues served with whipped cream.

Sara Miller Chelsea Collection Cake Stand, Green, £54.50

Table tiered cake stand, £45, Amara

Unlike a lot of tiered models, this simple Amara three-tiered cake stand has equal-sized plates on all tiers. This makes it practical for serving larger numbers, as you can fit more bakes on the stand. It’s also great for filling with slightly larger bakes – try sandwiches on the base, scones in the middle and cupcakes or muffins on top. There’s also a handy handle, making it easy to assemble in the kitchen and carry to a table.

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