I resisted buying a cake stand for the longest time, which is actually pretty dumb in retrospect since they cost like $10—not the most expensive kitchen accessory.
Similarly to how I resisted buying a whisk for the longest time, I’m not saying it makes sense. It’s just a weird, cheap quirk of mine. (But psst did I mention that my awesome brewmaster friend gave me his whisk after reading my post?? He is the best. I’ve been whisking so many things since, you don’t even KNOW.)
Anyway, last year, I finally made my own DIY cake stand—for photography purposes only. I’m just sorry it took me so long to share, because this is so easy, it doesn’t even count as a craft. It’s just a method.
All you need is:
Any type of plate
A candle holder (I found a few types at Goodwill. Try Walmart, Ross, or thrift shops.)
Take the plate of cake. Put it on top of the candle holder. Take lots of pictures.
For an actual, functional cake stand, check out this tutorial (same concept, prettier vintage look). If you have a hot glue gun, glue away! My roommate gave me an actual cake stand for my birthday (pictured here) which was pretty much the best day ever, but I still use this solution when I want to have a different colored-plate as the backdrop. Not to mention it’s a breeze to break down and store.
Just make sure everything is balanced properly when rearranging for shots and such. No one wants to cry over spilled cake.
Now go make a delicious cake to go with your photogenic cake stand!
Momofuku Apple Pie Cake (pictured)
This super fudgy chocolate chickpea cake:
Also: cookies and cupcakes look awesome on cake stands. Try these super easy, no-butter-creaming-required olive oil chocolate chip cookies: