Those who love a 'Ta da' moment when presenting a show-stopping sweet (or cheese) course at the end of a meal will love our round up of the best dessert stands. There are beautiful options too, for the more low-key amongst you.
From simple timber and marble stands with glass domes to keep cakes and cheeses cool and fresh, to striking pedestals and tiered stands to present patisseries and pastries in all their glory, there's something for all tastes.
These dessert stands will complement the best dinnerware sets at lunches, dinners and teas; they can even be used at breakfast time. Choose which is your favorite from our edit of dessert stands from the best home decor stores.
Best domed and footed dessert stands
Price: $48 dome & $38 stand
This beautiful two-tone cake stand and dome are made from mouth-blown glass and are available in small, medium and large sizes and in different color combinations for a joyous way to display desserts.
Crafted from sustainably sourced ash and mouth-blown glass, the dome on this (D10.6") cake or cheese stand has been finished with a hand-knotted leather toggle resulting in elegant understated style.
Best domed dessert stands
Display show-stopping desserts and cakes, or favorite cheeses on this great value (D7.25") marble based stand. The marble will keep food cooler than other materials, while the glass dome will aid freshness–and look gorgeous together.
The (D10") Lotta cake / cheese stand consists of a mouth-blown glass dome fitted with an ash wood base for a clean silhouette with a warm, natural touch, perfect for presenting gateaux, cheesecakes, individual cup cakes or cheeses.
Best footed dessert stands
The beauty of this brass-hued aluminium pedestal stand is not just it's organic shape and heritage feel, but that as well as being used to display desserts, it can double up as a beautiful Roman style fruit platter.
The Toppu tray is hard to beat as a show-stopping centrepiece, with its graphic black and white stripes–and that's before it's loaded with goodies. Team it with other pieces in the series to multiply the effect.
Best tiered dessert stands
Turn afternoon tea into a special occasion at home with this stylish two-tired marble cake stand. The base diameter is 8.75" and height is 11.5", so it's large enough for sandwiches and scones–or healthier alternatives.
This gorgeous wooden two-tier tray can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as a way to present pastries, cakes or fruit. Alternatively, stand it on your kitchen counter as a place for condiments and culinary ingredients.
How do I choose a cake stand?
Think about what you're most likely to bake or to want to display. Do you like to make large round cakes like a Victoria sponge, or do you prefer tray bakes like brownies or cup cakes?
If it's the former, choose a stand with a diameter larger than your cake tins and a glass dome to keep it fresh. Unless your cake will be devoured in a day, then a footed pedestal stand will suffice.
For small cakes that can be towered, opt for a cake stand with a tall, domed lid, so you can pile them up and prolong the freshness. if it's just for display, petit fours or mixed patisseries look lovely presented on a tiered stand.
As for the material, a marble base will keep cakes (and cheeses) cooler than wood, glass, ceramic or metal. However, consider what will work best with your dinnerware, tea set or everyday tableware.
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Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
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