I have always loved baking and seem to be doing it so much more recently and every weekend is taken up with baking several different cakes and pastries to last the week. I used to have a glass stand similar to this one but it got a bit chipped over the years soI looked round and saw this one a Wilko for just £6 which was cheaper than a lot of the others I had been looking at.
This glass cake stand is 32cm across so it should be big enough for quite large cakes and it is strong enough for a tiered cake. It has a fluted pattern all the way round which looks very decorative and is much more interesting than just plain glass. The foot comes from the centre of the stand and tapes down to a round foot and the whole thing feels very sturdy and strong.
Wilko recommend that you wash it before you first use it but I always do this anyway, and you can put it in the dishwasher however I have only washed it in the sink so far. I think it is quite a big item to put in the dishwasher and I find it is easy enough to wash in the sink after use and sometimes only needs a wipe with a damp kitchen roll.
I have used it to display a fruit cake, a victoria sponge and also several of my practice egg custards (I still can't decide which pastry recipe to use). I have used it when we have had family round but also when there is just the two of us, as I think it looks so nice on the table, and also it saves keep moving the cake around from plate to plate. If there is some cake left over for the the next day I have just covered it with the lid of a large cake container I have which is tall enough so that it doesn't touch the cake. Having said that though it isn't often that a cake will last long enough in our house!
I think that cakes look so much better displayed on a stand like this and it definitely enhances the look of even a plain cake. As it is a flat base your cakes lie nice and flat as sometimes if you use a normal dinner plate they can sag in the middle if they are wider than the indent in the plate which spoils the look of them. I this this stand would look lovely on any table and at £6 it really is a good buy as it is very well made and I am sure it will last for ages.
~*~ Wilkinsons Show It Off Before You Scoff It Cake Stand ~*~
I have a small obsession with cake stands , and this is number 9 in my little collection . I bought this one from Wilkinsons when it was half price in the sale at £3.50, instead of the usual £7 . I bought this particular one because I can't resist a bargain and it is a more dainty grown-up cake stand than others I have that were purchased more with the children in mind.
~*~ The Stand ~*~
The stand comes flat packed in a box , and is very easy to put together. Inside are assembly instructions with a clear diagram of how to do this and it takes seconds.
The stand consists of 2 plate tiers made of a white porcelain , the bottom plate measures 27 cms across , and the top plate measures 19 cm across. The overall height is approx 27 cms with the top plate being 15 cm from the base.
The silver stand that runs through the middle is made of metal and a has a good finish , for the price I was expecting plastic so this was a pleasant surprise.
~*~ In Use ~*~
As I said it takes seconds to put together , and looks great for the money . There is plenty of room for cupcakes and it will take bigger sized muffins too. As the tiers are just like dinner plates you are not restricted to just cupcakes on the stand , any shape cake, tart or biscuit look just as good , and it's also perfect for small sandwiches for afternoon tea.
When the stand is empty there is a tiny wobble to it , this got better when i gave the screw underneath an extra tighten with the screwdriver , but once it's laden with goodies it is stable.
To pack away it comes apart and easily as putting it up and fits back into the box for easy storage.
~*~ Thoughts ~*~
I was really pleased with the stand for the little I paid , and now having used it I would say its well worth the full price of £7 . The plainness to the stand is appealing it looks chic and modern and looks good at a grown-up party with my white Wedgwood dinner service, but equally looks just as good filled with bright coloured cupcakes at a children's party .
A very versatile cake stand perfect if you only want to buy 1 ... cause no one really needs 9 do they :)
5 out of 5
I spent a long time searching for a cake stand, as I can be quite fussy and wanted to make sure I chose the perfect one for me. It is ironic really that after my months of searching the one I finally chose was probably both the cheapest and the plainest that I came across.
There were a couple of reasons I settled on the Wilkinson's 2 tier porcelain cake stand. Firstly, I had bought a plain white dinner service (The IKEA Fargrik set which I recently reviewed) so this matched. Secondly, I hoped that by choosing a plain design it wouldn't date and I could keep bringing it out year after year.... and thirdly, if I'm honest, I got bored of looking!
As mentioned, this is the cheapest of the cake stands I came across throughout my search, at just £6. For that price part of me wishes I had bought two as I think it would look quite effective with one each end of a party table bursting with food.
The stand comes boxed and is quite nicely presented. Wilkinson's have really had a revamp recently and their products are much better than they used to be in my opinion. The box this comes in shows a photo of the product full of yummy looking cupcakes and says 'Show it off before you scoff it' on the front in big grey letters. I would recommend keeping the box as that way none of the bits will get lost.
In the box are the two plates, which are plain white and essentially look like someone has taken a dinner plate and a side plate then drilled a hole through the middle of each! You will also get a silver handle with a ring which goes at the top, a silver bar which attaches between each plate, four washers, a screw and a small instruction guide.
Putting the cake stand together is easy, but you will need a screwdriver to tighten the bottom screw. The last cake stand I had could be assembled by simply twisting a connector at the bottom, so I was surprised to need a screwdriver but it wasn't a huge hardship.
Once assembled, I did find that because of the screw on the base of the larger plate, the stand was slightly wobbly. This was a little annoying and I think something that could have been solved by having a thicker rim on the base of the bigger plate.
The cake stand does look good - very simple but effective and I like the silver and white together, I think it looks very modern. I make cupcakes probably around once a month or more on special occasions and I found that the smaller plate on the top level would only fit around three cupcakes (and even that was a bit of a squeeze). The base will fit more (probably around six) but obviously the pole on the bottom is a little restrictive. I usually bake a batch of twelve and this stand wasn't enough to display all of them, so in that respect I might have been better off buying a three tier stand.
I wash the plates by hand using fairy liquid. It does say that it can't be put in the dishwasher - I understand not putting the metal parts in, but I can't understand why the plates couldn't go in? I have found the metal parts to get icing on them when a cake has been too close and I just wipe them over with a damp cloth and they come up fine.
I paid just £6 for this cake stand from Wilkinson's which I feel is a good price for what I got. It's definitely 'no frills' but I think it looks perfectly presentable and it does the job. Considering that I don't have afternoon tea every day of the week and this will probably only be brought out at birthdays and Christmas I think it was a bargain. It's not perfect and does have a few flaws (that wobble, for one!), but if you just want something basic then I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending this.