Rachel Peterson

How to Choose the Right Size Cake Stand

During the wedding planning chaos, the cake stand is often forgotten or overlooked until the last minute, but it's an essential part of putting together a well-done cake table. In this post we talk about how to choose the right cake stand for your wedding cake.

I really really love cake, so I am pretty happy that we get to talk about it today. I just wish I had some to munch on while writing this. I would feel more authentic.

The wedding cake is one of the biggest decisions that couples make when planning a wedding. They can spend hours exploring bakeries, tasting cake and frosting samples, working with the baker and cake artist to design their dream cake, often customized for the couple's personalities.

But then what happens? All the cake details are worked out, the cake is paid for, brought to the venue on wedding day for set-up - and what's missing? A cake stand! So many couples make the mistake of forgetting a cake stand for their beautiful cake! A stand can make all the difference in your dessert display. If you are going to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on your amazing cake, it deserves a stand to show it off and complete the package.

I get a LOT of brides contacting me 1 to 2 weeks before their wedding, desperate for a cake stand that they forgot about until the last minute. You don't need the added stress! So plan head: get a cake stand!

Additionally, a cake stand can be used again and again after the wedding long after the cake is eaten. It can be used at parties, anniversaries, for regular serving and dining, or kept as an heirloom.

"A cake stand to a cake is like shoes to a fancy outfit." - Jacqueline Caughey, cake artist from Jacqueline Rose Cakery.

So are you convinced? Good. Now, how to choose the right SIZE cake stand? I work with a lot of bakeries, and this is the scoop:


The general rule of thumb is to choose a cake stand that is 2" bigger than the bottom tier of your cake, BUT, bigger is better, and leaves room for other little decor details. I'll explain.

Most cakes come on a styrofoam or cardboard cake board that is 2" bigger in diameter than the cake. You want a cake stand that matches the size of the cake board, not the cake. If you have a 3-tier cake with a 10" diameter bottom, and buy a 10" diameter cake stand, your 12" cake board will overhang the stand by an inch all around. This doesn't look great. It won't ruin the wedding, but it won't make great pictures. 

So, if you have a 10" cake, buy a 12" diameter stand.

8" cake: 10" stand

10" cake: 12" stand

12" cake: 14" stand

...and so on

That's the minimum. But if you go even bigger, you, and your baker, and your florist, and your event planner, decorator, designer, coordinator... EVERYONE will be happy that you did, and here's why: more room around the cake looks better. The cake won't overwhelm the stand, and it leaves room for extra finishing touches like flowers or greenery, which will give you a wedding cake display that looks straight out of Pinterest.

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Have a cake stand question? Leave it in the comments and we will help solve any cake stand crisis!

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