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11 best cake stands to buy

Published: September 14, 2022 at 9:40 am
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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.

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Looking for some cake and patisserie recipes to fill up your stands? Here is our list of 48 cake recipes, featuring the classic Victoria cake stand, this lemon cake and a stunning but simple prosecco cake. For more dainty bakes that you would like to display, you can browse our best choux pastry recipes and mille feuille recipes, or if you want to challenge yourself, find out how to make the French classic, macarons.

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.

Best cake stands at a glance

Single-tiered cake stand

  • Best whimsical cake stand: Cabbage cake stand, £52
  • Best multi-use cake stand: Marble and acacia display stand, £34.99
  • Best glass cake stand: Glass cake stand, £60

Double-tiered cake stands

  • Best luxury cake stand: St James's two-tier cake stand, £140
  • Best unique cake stand: Anna Gong folding stainless steel cake stand, £195
  • Best contemporary cake stand: Van Gogh bamboo slat cake stand, £24.99

Three-tiered cake stands

  • Best printed cake stand: Sara Miller Chelsea collection cake stand, £57.50

Best cake stands to buy in 2022

Single-tiered cake stand

Cabbage cake stand

A green cake stand shaped like a cabbage

Best whimsical cake stand

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.

Available from:
John Lewis (£52)


Marble and acacia display stand

Lakeland cake stand

Best multi-use cake stand

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.

Available from:
Lakeland (£34.99)


Glass cake stand

White Company cake stand

Best glass cake stand

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.

Available from:
The White Company (£60)


Double-tiered cake stands

St James's two-tier cake stand

Fortnum & Mason cake stand

Best luxury cake stand

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.

Available from:
Fortnum & Mason (£140)


Anna Gong folding stainless steel cake stand

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

Best unique cake stand

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.

Available from:
John Lewis (£195)


Van Gogh bamboo slat cake stand

A two-tier cake stand with slates

Best contemporary cake stand

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.

Available from:
Amazon (£24.99)


Three-tiered cake stands

Sara Miller Chelsea collection cake stand

Sara Miller Chelsea Collection Cake Stand, Green, £54.50

Best printed cake stand

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.

Available from:
John Lewis (£57.50)

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