How to Make a Cake Plateau

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How to Make a Cake Plateau
Cake plateaus look more professional and elegant than cake stands. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cake plateaus are used as an elevating platter for a cake. They are always flat on top, but can be made in any dimension, round or square. Make your own cake plateau in any colour you need to fit the event theme or to fit any size cake. Making your own cake plateau is not only good if you need to make it unique, but also if you need to save money. The supplies can all be purchased at a hardware store for much less than a cake plateau typically costs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1-by-4 inch board
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Spray paint
  • Metal ceiling tile or platter

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  1. 1

    Measure four pieces of board that are 4 inches smaller than the dimension of the size cake plateau you want to make. Mark the length with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut the wood the length that you measured with the saw. Stand the pieces of wood on the 1 inch side, so that the 4 inch side is facing out, and make a square out of the 4 pieces.

  3. 3

    Glue the pieces of wood together in the square shape using the wood glue. Put a small bead of wood glue on the ends of two opposing pieces of wood and stick the other two opposing pieces to the glue. Line the ends up with the ends of the side of the piece of wood so that it makes a 90 degree corner on all four corners.

  4. 4

    Firmly push the pieces of wood together and wipe off any excess wood glue that shows around the wood. Leave the wood square to dry according to the wood glue directions.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the square the colour of the ceiling tile or a complementing colour. Paint it by making even sweeps across the wood while spraying the paint. Hold the paint about 6 inches away from the wood as you make the sweeps. Allow the paint to dry.

  6. 6

    Choose a metal ceiling tile in the size and pattern you that fits the cake and event style if you want a square cake plateau. Or choose a metal platter that has an attractive bottom side in the size of the cake, if you want a round cake plateau.

  7. 7

    Put a small bead of wood glue around the top, 1 inch side, of the square and place the ceiling tile with the pattern on top on the wooden square. If you are using a platter, turn the platter upside down so that the bottom is facing up and the top with the rim is facing down. Place the platter centred on the square.

  8. 8

    Press the tile or platter down firmly on the wooden square and place a light weight on top to allow it to dry without any spaces between the wood and the metal top. Before using, allow it to completely dry according to the wood glue instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean the platter or tile with food safe cleaner prior to using it.
  • Paint the square base black to make it less obvious when the plateau is complete, or paint it chrome silver to match a silver platter.

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