Cake Stand Idea

I have been searching through the internet for ideas for our wedding and saw this. I think it looks amazing.





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The girl used all sort of tools to make the stand out of wood, but it got me thinking that perhaps I could make something similar, albeit on a smaller scale. I could use polystyrene cake block rounds and stack cake stands for the cupcakes to sit on. Would this work, or would it be too flimsy?


I have posted here rather then the wedding board as I think its more of a craft thing!

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  • You might be better putting it in the craft board too
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  • Lilyplonk
    Lilyplonk Posts: 1,145 Forumite
    What a fantastic 'tower of cupcakes' - it looks absolutely heavenly.

    I would be extremely wary of anything remotely 'flimsy' - polystyrene would be disastrous even though it would look quite good. Needs to be strong/solid construction - light enough to carry/position and yet heavy enough to support itself when folks are anywhere near it ....................
  • Ive done it on a smaller scale, using cake boards and polystyrene blocks and it worked well- The trick was to make sure there was a big enough block on the bottom tier so the whole thing didn't topple over.

    Oh, and trial and error taught that a 'no more nails' type glue worked a treat for sticking it together- super glue just ate through the polystrene!
    A pic for the interested! 5971319379_efc4c939f6.jpg
    (I didn't do it, but if you put a final gold board at the bottom, I think it would have been even more secure!)
  • Thanks for posting the picture - it looks really great - I am very keen to do this! Did you allow guests to help themselves - if not how did you get them out to people?

    Lilyplonk - that was my thoughts - but perhaps if each layer is glued it will have enough stability, especially if I glued the first layer to a really, really wide base ie as big as the table it sat on.
  • Ive done it on a smaller scale, using cake boards and polystyrene blocks and it worked well- The trick was to make sure there was a big enough block on the bottom tier so the whole thing didn't topple over.

    Oh, and trial and error taught that a 'no more nails' type glue worked a treat for sticking it together- super glue just ate through the polystrene!
    A pic for the interested! 5971319379_efc4c939f6.jpg
    (I didn't do it, but if you put a final gold board at the bottom, I think it would have been even more secure!)

    That looks awesome :)
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  • I would make sure that people are likely to eat cup cakes first although I agree it looks awesome. My daughter has a stand of beautiful cup cakes at her wedding but they were barely touched. I could only figure it was because people didn't fancy them in the evening when they were drinking and eating buffet nibbles.
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  • Thanks all!
    I have a bit of a wedding cake side project so what I usually tell my brides and grooms is to make sure the venue staff take the cakes off the stand and put them out with the evening buffet or later on on the bar, once you've cut the top tier for the pics. I think people are generally to scared to ruin the arrangement if you leave them on the stand!
  • If you just glue these together you are going to have problems
    as these boards are foil paper coated..and this rips quite easily from the core board. so effectively the maximum strength is only what it takes to rip the coating off the cake board

    You need to drill through the center of each of these ad put a rod through - think broom handle..or a metal rod

    you then need to make sure that its as secure as possible in the vertical position - just drilling through the bottom board would be too little as the base is where it would collapse or slip sideways- that’s why the very large one looks like its on a Christmas tree base
    it might well be ! -
    more conveiently and easier to decorate I would put a couple of nails through the bottom of my long wooden stick ( sticking out to give grip and stop it coming out again) and then set it into a cake tin full of plaster - or cement or whatever was handy and cheap..
    and use that to thread my drilled cake boards and polystyrene spacers onto

    oh and a floral decoration to hide the top of the stick..:)
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  • If you just glue these together you are going to have problems
    as these boards are foil paper coated..and this rips quite easily from the core board. so effectively the maximum strength is only what it takes to rip the coating off the cake board

    You need to drill through the center of each of these ad put a rod through - think broom handle..or a metal rod

    you then need to make sure that its as secure as possible in the vertical position - just drilling through the bottom board would be too little as the base is where it would collapse or slip sideways- that’s why the very large one looks like its on a Christmas tree base
    it might well be ! -
    more conveiently and easier to decorate I would put a couple of nails through the bottom of my long wooden stick ( sticking out to give grip and stop it coming out again) and then set it into a cake tin full of plaster - or cement or whatever was handy and cheap..
    and use that to thread my drilled cake boards and polystyrene spacers onto

    oh and a floral decoration to hide the top of the stick..:)

    Thank you so much! That sounds like a very stable stand and was the kind of thing I was trying to figure out. I wonder how easy the polystyrene cake stands would be to drill though - I guess I can experiment with drilling through bits from packaging.

    Our wedding's not for a while - but if I do make one I will update!
  • zippychick
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    I've moved this to the craft board for you

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