Easy, Beautiful DIY Cake Stand



In my head, this is how last week’s Rose Cake post was going to go; publish post, wait for the comments come rolling in.  The comments would be:  the cake looks great and what an ordeal but that PEDESTAL!  THAT CAKE STAND!  WHERE DID THE CAKE STAND COME FROM?  It was going to be question after question about the glorious cake stand until I finally broke down and let you know I MADE the cake stand and everyone could calm down because I was going to do a post on it.

I had it all figured out.

Instead the comment section turned out to be a free-for-all on who has the best carrot cake recipe and then all the brussels sprouts loving weirdos starting trying to make me like brussels sprouts again.

Nobody asked about the pedestal.  No one.


But just to show I’m not one to carry a grudge (or a concealed weapon) I’m going to show you how to make this cake stand anyway.  Even though we’ve established you’re assholes.  Who eat brussels sprouts.

This is kind of complicated, the sort of thing that I probably wouldn’t recommend you try unless you’re really confident in your ability to glue one thing to another.  So mainly you need either one working hand or even just a good set of teeth and a strong armpit.


Round Marble cutting board / cheese tray

1 bowl



1.  Remove any stickers, foot pads from marble.

2.  Center the base of your bowl onto the underside of the marble.

3.  Mark around the base of the bowl with a pencil.

4.  Run bead of silicone around the bowl base.

5.  Set bowl back on centre of marble using pencil mark as a guide.

6.  Allow to dry for several hours before moving or using.




I got my hunk of marble for $14.99 at Homesense. That’s Homegoods to you American folks.  I found the exact same one for $19 on Amazon.   It’s really pretty.  It has bits of sparkle in it.  Natural sparkle.  Not stripper sparkle.

The bowl is from Dollarama which I already had in my cupboard and I always keep silicone on hand because you never know when you’re going to have to glue it to his leg.

The hardest part of this whole project was scraping the label off of it.  For $14.99 you apparently don’t get one of those easy to peel off labels.



The board had little felt feet so I scraped those off too. (those of you using your armpit and teeth can wedge the board under your arm and just gnaw away at the feet.  They’ll come off lickity split)




Now rest.




You’ve spent 2 minutes removing sticky things.  Now you need to get down to real work with a real tool.  A pencil.  Centre your bowl to the underside of the marble, with the base of the bowl touching the base of the marble.  Mark it with a pencil.




Once you’ve marked the circle, flip the bowl over and run a bead of silicone around it.




Do it as neatly as possible.  So nothing like mine.



Place the bowl back on the marble, lining it up with the pencil mark.




Wipe away any silicone that oozes out.

Now you have a beautiful marble cake stand that was fun and inexpensive to make.  If you have better acquaintances than I do, everyone will rave and rave about it, asking where you got it from and how could they get one too.  That PEDESTAL!  THAT CAKE STAND!  WHERE DID THE CAKE STAND COME FROM?  That’s what they’ll say.

Of course I rarely have a cake to put on a cake stand but it looks great with other food items on it as well.  Cake plate or Shake n’ Bake plate this one’s a winner.





  1. Twyla says:

    The cake stand was
    So AMAZING.. I just never took the time to post!! Such cleverness
    Imagination -talent- we are all so impressed!!!!!!!!
    And the cake was okay !!! XO
    Now smile

  2. Katie says:

    That’d look great with some brussel sprout carrot cake on it.

  3. Auntiepatch says:

    I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again; YOU ARE A GENIUS! I was wondering about the cake stand but figured you found it at a local store and I live in So. Calif. so I didn’t have a chance of finding one for myself. Now I can make one for myself! Thanks –

  4. Edith says:

    Hi Karen,

    What a beautiful portrait of you chicken! Yeah, ok, the cake stand is cool too.

  5. Karen says:

    ha! ~ karen

  6. Karen says:

    Well now you’re just poking the bear. ~ karen!

  7. Karen says:

    Liar! But thanks anyway. 😉 ~ karen!

  8. Karen says:

    Thanks Edith! I’m frankly far more impressed with my portrait of Josephine than the cake stand, lol. ~ karen!

  9. Laura says:

    Glue what to whose leg????

  10. Edith says:

    I’m sure Karen is referring to the wooden leg the pirate sometimes looses when the party gets too crazy.

  11. Karen says:

    Ummmm. Yes. Yes, that’s right. ~ karen!

  12. Teresa Jennings Richardson says:

    It is a lovely cake stand. The cake was interesting too. I think I watched that video 3 times. But since hubby is a diabetic and cake is a weakness of his, I just don’t make them anymore.

  13. Cynthia Jones says:

    Silicone wouldn’t work. You’d need a two-pack like araldite to get around the “movement factor” or for that quick getaway, a hot glue gun.

    Trust me. I’ve thought about it.

    Did I ever tell you the story of how Willie Nelson’s wife wrapped him naked in the bedsheet he was lying on, when he feel asleep drunk one time too many….then she sewed it up, so he was in a cocoon. Then she took to him with a straw broom and beat the shit out of him, threw all of his clothes out of the window and left, forever.

    I told my ex this story many times as he was a truckie and often very tired. I also told him all about the pills they make to block testosterone and how that makes one’s testicackles shrink. I assured him the taste was undetectable and easily hidden in coffee.

    I like your chook. The cake stand’s allright.

  14. Robert says:

    I hope I didn’t over react and that you find this funny

  15. Nanette says:

    Shake n bake! Love it. Thanks for the cake stand. Great idea. Everyone will be green with envy the next time I display my cake. Any ideas on what would be great to use if I wanted different heights? I’m thinking this would be great for a buffet table too.

  16. Dominic says:

    Going to admit, I saw the words Rose Cake, and blew right by that days post. I’m a dude, sue me. I was doing it again tonight when I saw Cake Stand, until I saw the word Assholes. Sucked me right in.

  17. Becky says:

    That’s not what I first thought… or the first appendage I thought of either. lol

  18. Karen says:

    Yeah, you should probably always read the post because you never know when I’m going to call someone an asshole. ~ karen!

  19. Karen says:

    Anything would work Nanette as long has it has the same basic shape when upside down. (narrower then wider) A white vase for instance. ~ karen!

  20. Becky says:

    Cynthia, you’re kinda scary, but I like that about you lol

  21. Karen says:

    LOL. ~ karen

  22. Karen says:

    Over react? Quite frankly I’m not sure you went far enough. ~ karen!

  23. Pam says:

    That really is a fantastic portrait of Josephine on a pedestal. Now we know you do truly worship your chickens!

  24. Becky says:

    Ok. I confess. I read the article, and stared at the chicken for a while, and then closed the tab, and then ten minutes later I realized I didn’t even look at the pedestal at all, so now I had to come back so I can look at it.

    Its cool. BUT it would be better if it spun. just sayin’

  25. lisa says:

    Oh my God, where did you get that CHICKEN?

    Am I doing it right? Lol……

    Funny thing is, I should have asked because I had to borrow a cake stand for Easter, so now I am actually going to make this.

  26. Sara says:

    You know what’s really good chicken feed? Brussel sprouts- would look great up there with Shake N Bake. You’re always here for us Karen, no one has called me an asshole all day and I was feeling really unloved.

  27. Robert says:

    Sorry your perfection always leaves me speechless, actually your perfection leaves my mind full of ideas that I just never know how to express plus your writing is so funny and flawless that I laugh for hours at every single line and by the time I recover myself I feel ashamed to even think to comment because I know my writing will not even pale in comparison to yours since it’s so far from it it won’t even be reached by the light of your perfection in a million years.
    So please forgive YOU the prettiest, funniest, and smartest of all the people in the world

  28. judy says:

    ooooooooooooooo I was positively cackling at the humor of the shake & bake cake stand until scrolling down I beheld beloved bee u tee full chicken posing on said shake and bake stand………….My limited exposure to shake and bake is combining it with certain anatomical portions of said ………………chicken! I actually gasped. I feel you owe a heartfelt apology and fervent promise that never ever will pretty chicken have any contact of any kind with said crummy product! Whew!! I feel better.

  29. Karen, my website is a pitiful mess due to, well “stuff” but that aside, I just wanted to say that you make me laugh. You make me laugh almost daily. You are so OUT there with the multi-tasking, I’m am almost questioning it until I realize your creativity simply takes you far beyond the norm and because of that, you inspire. This may be the ONLY blog (not health related) I continue to follow; you are one intriguing lady and I just want to say thanks for that. Great chicken BTW!

  30. Sera says:

    The cake stand! THAT CAKE STAND!! It’s amazing! I’ve thought about attempting to make such a stand out of a plate and a cup or some such thing in the past. But then I remember, the thing about buying a cake stand, at least some come with covers. That’s what I really need – the cake cover. Because I never finish a cake. Even when I make the world’s best carrot cake. So, after I make the cake stand, where do I get the cake cover?
    Also, hahahaha! Glue it to his leg.
    And I adore the photos of the cat and the chicken. Gorgeous. Almost more impressive than the cake stand.

  31. Grammy says:

    Karen NEVER eats her chickens. Probably because, unlike her readers, they’re not assholes.

  32. Cynthia Jones says:

    Scary ! I didn’t even tell the story about how I get my current husband to move out of the way in the kitchen by telling him I will stab him in the eye with a steak knife (he’s an artist, so his eyes are imporant to him). It’s just my way of getting men to listen properly.

    Besides, if you girls go using the wrong glues there will chaos in the world. One must use the correct glue for each job.

    Silicone for sticking a penis to a thigh….Piffle! Hmpf! Karen. You know that wouldnt work, you were just being lazy to do your research in that one area.

    How’s about a staple gun?

    My son’s inherited my means of being sure people understood if he would rather not paritcipate in a social activity. He would answer “I would rather nail my penis to a burning building, thank you”. He was so polite and eloquent.

  33. Jennie Lee says:

    Lovely cake stand! I have probably a dozen or more marble slabs, some of which are round, so great. Hint: I have so many because I love yard sales, and many people receive marble cheese servers/lazy susans as gifts, and they all end up in yard sales later. I love stone things, and can’t pass up such stuff. They make great tabletops for little tables. (I glued one on top of an art deco bird bath base!) The lazy susans are great to put a potted plant on; you can then easily turn it when you water it, so it grows straight. My biggest one is the top of my coffee table (cost $10). Remember: there is always SOMETHING you can do with a beautiful slab of marble.

  34. Cynthia Jones says:

    With the chicken on it. Not moving, just standing on it. Spinning. That’s funny.

  35. Holly says:

    OMG so funny! Reminds me of an ex – we went for a drive one weekend – Easter – and on way back into town we saw a sign for baby chicks at some farm. Mind you, both early 20’s, no brains, for chickens ) me, anyway. I saw the cute little chicks and fell in love and he said he wanted to get two for me for Easter. So we take them back to our city condo, buy everything, built a cage.. they were so cute…and then grew so fast and crapped in their water ) i know – I already said we were dumb. He then announced to me he planned on having them butchered when they were ready. From that point forward, I named them Shake and Bake so I could detach from them. He did the deed and I told him no way are they going in our freezer! He took them to his mom’s. We didn’t last.

  36. Susan Preston says:

    Now make a cake stand that twirls so we can decorate that brussel sprout infused carrot cake. Mine must have a flat bearing cause it crunches when you twirl it!

  37. Brook says:

    Josephine is a stunner — just gorgeous! You’ve definitely got some fine photography skills: The difference in sheen between the breast and wing feathers, her fluffy anklets, and her expression. Lovely!

  38. gabrielle says:

    dollar store bowl, silicon glue… ladies, we’ve invented the 21st century male chastity belt!!!

  39. gabrielle says:

    i want that. can it play music too?

  40. gabrielle says:

    I agree totally! I have a chicken collection, (figurines, etc so my cats won’t eat them) – is there anyway you might email me a high rez photo so I could blow it up and paper a wall? I would really like that! I could pay you in chicken feed!

  41. Jenny W says:

    I am an asshole
    Hangs head in shame
    Today I’m going to head out to the $ store, make the damn cake stand, and redeem myself 🙂
    But before I go, please answer a question – why don’t your cats eat your chickens?

  42. Roxy says:

    I think it only plays music when you lift the chicken. 🙂

  43. Zoe says:

    So once I figure out how to make a frog cake for my daughters first birthday in 2.5 weeks (ahhhh) I’ll probably make the cake stand too as I’ll be on such a diy roll ! At times like not being able to draw well is definitely a limitation !

  44. Diane Bostick says:

    Anyone with a cat knows it is not possible to have a flat surface and try to use it without a cat appearing on it. That is one of life’s givens. As for the chicken….I am not too sure. He probably just wanted to inspect your handiwork and pick it apart. Obviously he will find nothing wrong. Only perfection!

  45. jeri oakes says:

    Karen, yes the cake stand is lovely. But the real beauty that caught my eye and made me go: Simply WOW.
    The quiet, unassuming, confident and pose-able measuring device. Where do you find such treasure?

  46. Rose-INTJ says:

    Lovely, except can you make one that spins around? Your hands look a little dehydrated. I can say that because mine look exactly the same.

  47. jainegayer says:


  48. Tigersmom says:

    Ha! I’m an asshole with an incurable sweet tooth. I was so mesmerized by the cake that I failed to notice the cake stand. I am shamed. Not ashamed, shamed. There’s a difference.

    On the other hand, a post in which you get to point out that we are assholes for not noticing the cake stand has many more opportunities for injections of your humor than one in which you are responding to accolades now, doesn’t it?

    I love sparkles. Natural or the stripper variety. I’m not about to let them have all the fun.

    I also noticed that amazing pose-able measuring tool and need to know where you found it. That would be so handy for all those times I wish I could spontaneously sprout a third arm.

  49. Karol says:

    Hi, my name is Karol, and I am an asshole. And I eat brussel sprouts.
    I’ll tell you who the real assholes are. The guys (I say “guys” because, well…. it’s a guy thing) who glue the stickers with so much glue you have to use a blade to get them off.

  50. Su says:

    lovely cake stand… truly… still like brussel sprouts tho

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Optionally add an image (JPEG only)

  • About Karen

  • About Karen

  • My Latest Videos

The Art of Doing Stuff