How to Make a Tiered Cake Stand

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How to Make a Tiered Cake Stand
A homemade tiered cake stand is an excellent way to display cupcakes. (cupcakes image by Kimberly Reinick from Fotolia.com)

Tiered cake stands are a stylish way of showing off cupcakes, mini tarts, cookies and other individual-sized treats.They're also an excellent option for displaying savoury party appetizers such as mini quiches or cocktail sausages. Make your own custom stand in a few simple steps, using materials easily found at a craft store or cake-decorating shop. Your party guests will love the stand almost as much as they love the food.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 roll of wrapping paper in the design of your choice
  • 1 eight-inch cake board
  • 1 10-inch cake board
  • 1 12-inch cake board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 1 roll of 1/4-inch satin ribbon in the colour of your choice
  • 1 roll of two-inch satin ribbon in the colour of your choice
  • 1 two- by five-inch styrofoam cake dummy
  • 1 two-inch by six-inch styrofoam cake dummy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a three-foot length of wrapping paper and place it on a flat work surface with the patterned side facing down. Place the cake boards on the wrapping paper. Using the pencil, trace the outline of each cake board. Move the cake boards to an unmarked area of the wrapping paper and repeat the outlining process. Using the scissors, cut out all six circles.

  2. 2

    Spread glue on one side of each cake board. Cover each board with the matching wrapping paper that you've already cut out. Flip the boards over and repeat the process on the opposite side.

  3. 3

    Wrap the 1/4-inch ribbon around the rim of the eight-inch cake board to measure its circumference. Cut the ribbon to the length of the circumference, leaving an extra inch or so for wiggle room. Repeat this process with the 10-inch and 12-inch cake boards.

  4. 4

    Spread glue on the rim of each cake board. Wrap the matching pre-cut length of 1/4-inch ribbon around the rim of each cake board. Gently press the ribbon into the rim of the cake boards to make sure it sticks to the glue. Trim any extra length of ribbon with the scissors.

  5. 5

    Wrap the two-inch ribbon around the side of the two- by five-inch cake dummy to measure its circumference. Cut the ribbon to the length of the circumference, leaving an extra inch or so for wiggle room. Repeat this process with the two- by six-inch cake dummy.

  6. 6

    Cover the curved sides of the two- by five-inch cake dummy with glue. Wind the matching length of pre-cut two-inch ribbon around the sides of the dummy so they're completely covered. Gently press the ribbon to make sure it sticks. Trim any excess length of ribbon. Repeat the process with the two- by six-inch cake dummy.

  7. 7

    Spread glue on the flat sides of the two- by six-inch cake dummy. Put the 12-inch cake board on the table. Place the dummy flat-side down in the centre of the cake board. Center the 10-inch cake board above the cake dummy and press it down so it sticks to the glue. Spread glue on the flat sides of the two- by five-inch cake dummy. Place the dummy flat-side down in the centre of the 10-inch cake board. Center the eight-inch cake board above the dummy and press it down so it sticks to the glue. Allow the finished cake stand to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a larger cake stand by adding a 14-inch cake round and a two- by seven-inch cake dummy.

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