it’s all in the details: alternative cake stands {tempting cake guest post}

Continuing our week of guest posts I’d love to welcome today Emily from Tempting Cake, whose Tempting Tables and delicious wedding cakes make our tummies rumble just by looking at them! Not only that, but Emily is one creative and talented lady, who is not afraid to think outside the box and suggest something different!  Today Emily is sharing her thoughts on one of my obsessions, cake displays!


We were recently asked by a bride for advice on the best way to display the wedding cake that we are creating for her.  Nothing out of the ordinary in that you might think, except she then went on to say that she didn’t want to use a traditional cake stand.  This got us to thinking and while there are some beautiful cake stands out there, we’ve compiled some creative alternatives for a cake stand with a difference. 

For a rustic country wedding

Display your cake on a weather-beaten wine barrel strewn with rose petals, or drape flower garlands off it for a softer feel:

{barrel cake stand via Style Me Pretty}

Alternatively if the weather is glorious you can showcase your wedding cake on a suitably-sized tree trunk, for a sustainable (and free) solution.  To do without the glass cake stand from the image below, position the cake on a cake board to ensure it’s not in direct contact with the wood itself.

{image by Liesl Cheney, cake by Tempting Cake}

For a wedding where hats are de rigueur

Hat boxes can make a great cake stand substitute and they come in a great range of sizes, shapes and colours.  If you have trouble sourcing one which works with your wedding then get scissor happy and personalise one with some decoupage.  The hat box can also double up as storage for keepsakes from your wedding. 


 {top row: left to right Vivid Wrap, A Place For Everything, The Living Room, bottom row: Polyvore, Nick Munro, Empty Box Company}

For book worms

A simple cake can be elegantly displayed on a stack of large books.  These could be antique versions of your favourite novels, coffee table favourites or tomes referencing love.

{image by Roxanne Cooke via Flickr}

 For extra height

Squat garden stools can make great cake stands too, they are inherently strong and come in a broad range of materials and styles from minimalist metal to decorative porcelain:

{plant stands L-R from Guinivere & Mecox Gardens}

Alternatively seek out a wooden footstool which can be treated as a blank canvas.  Either paint it to coordinate with your colour scheme, or give it a distressed look by painting it then rubbing down with sandpaper to tie in with a shabby chic wedding.  Alternatively, wind ribbons around the legs for a maypole effect or trail flower garlands down the legs for a summer wedding celebration.

For striking photographs

For interesting camera angles, display your cake on a large mirror with a frame to suit your wedding.  Consider glass discs with fluted edges or antique mirrors with old frames scouted from architectural salvage shops such as Lassco.

{Mirror by Vintage Vibe}

The light reflecting off the mirror makes for some beautiful and original shots, particularly when it comes to the cutting of the cake.  Scatter glass and pearl beads on the glass too for added interest.

For a globe-trotting couple

For a square wedding cake, use an old leather suitcase or trunk for an olde world traveller feel.  Using a trunk can be a nice way to make reference to the honeymoon destination, or the backgrounds of the bride and groom if it’s an international wedding.

 {trunk from Eastern Influence}

A word to the wise

Strong and sturdy are the watchwords if you’re improvising with cake stands, as stacked wedding cakes are very heavy indeed.  But with a little creativity it is certainly possible to showcase your wedding cake in an original way. 

Did you opt for something different to a cake stand?  If so we’d be interested to hear what you chose!


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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