The fastest way to elevate a birthday cake, both literally and figuratively, is to serve it on a cake stand. Thankfully there are many beautiful options out there. If you're hesitant about adding a cake stand to your home because it seems like a unitasker, never fear — when not serving up sweets, your cake stand can act as a plant stand, or be used on your bar to put bitters and cordials on display, or even as a soap station next to your kitchen sink
These 15 cake stands are our current favorites.
- Charlotte Cake Stand, $40 at Crate and Barrel: A simple glass cake stand puts the focus on the cake, cupcakes, or pie you've made. Time to show off those decorating skills.
- Byzantine Pedestal Cake Stand, $26 at Wayfair: There's nothing quite like marble when it comes to beautiful serving pieces, and this cake stand is no exception.
- Antiquitarian Cake Stand, from $18 at BHLDN: People will think you scored some amazing antique-store find, but this stand — available in three sizes — won't be too hard for you to hunt down.
- Canton Cake Stand with Dome, $33 at Fishs Eddy: This simple glass cake stand does double duty as a punch bowl. All you need to do is flip the lid and it fits into the base to serve up your favorite punch recipe. Just be sure you aren't trying to serve punch and cake at the same party.
Ivory Amelie Cake Stand, from $10 at World Market: Adorably retro, these fluted metal cake stands are also some of the most budget-friendly. Bonus: They can be stacked if you're serving smaller cakes or cookies instead.
- Ateco Cake Stand, $80 at Williams-Sonoma: Not only does this stand display your confections beautifully, but the spinning plate will also help you decorate with ease. With this you'll be one step closer to being a professional.
- Pastry Stand Round Top, from $40 at Epicurean: The best thing about this cake stand (aside from its simplistic look)? It folds flat when not in use.
- Mosser Jadeite Cake Stand, $75 at Sur la Table: Crafted from green flint glass, this stand is a timeless classic that you can use for a first birthday and even 30 years later.
- Grey Ceramic Cake Stand, $65 from Alder & Co.: If simplicity is your design aesthetic, this is the cake stand for you. The cool grey glaze of this stand is the perfect example of the style we know and love from Portland's Alder & Co.
- Round Marble & Wood Pedestal Stand, from $24 at World Market: We love the use of mixed materials in this cake stand; the cool marble plate is made less austere by the warm wood of the pedestal.
- Hardwood Walnut Cake Stand, $75 at AHeirloom: As if this wooden cake stand isn't cute enough, you can have it engraved for an extra-special touch.
- Hammered Copper Cake Stand, $29 at Nordstrom: Because we can't get enough copper these days.
- Galvanized Cake Stand, $25 at Pier 1: Load up this rustic stand with any style cake — or better yet, a fruit-filled pie.
- Minty Fresh Cake Stand, from $140 at Sarah's Stands: If you're looking to splurge on a cake stand, look no further. This one (in a totally on-trend hue) is technically meant for weddings, so it's a little more expensive. But you and it can live happily every after.
- Cake Stand, $50 at Le Creuset: You may as well get this if you already have the matching dutch oven.