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. Ella says:

    “I always keep silicone on hand because you never know when you’re going to have to glue it to his leg.” Where in the hell did that come from? lol! 🙂

  2. brenda says:

    Happy Spring Karen!

  3. JFarmar says:

    Did ya’ll miss the 80’s? Everyone knew back then you use Superglue for the 3rd leg! The cake stand is wonderful and I too was so caught up in the cake and looking at the roses that I totally missed it. I was in awe that one would take so much time to make beautiful icing. Sometimes I serve the cake naked with the icing in a bowl so people can add as much or little as they want. One side of my extended family are health nuts and this makes them think carrot cake is healthy. Hhhehehe!

  4. LazySusan says:

    I think I have one of those marble slabs around here somewhere. What I also have is about 5 cake stands already, all antique glass ones, so that’s perhaps why I didn’t notice the one in your previous post. Also, the cake was taking up a great deal of my attention that day, as I recall. You can’t dangle a gorgeous and delicious-looking cake in front of us, and expect us to notice anything else. That’s just not fair. Not fair at all. Lovely cake stand, Karen. Lovely chicken and cat, also. And I have one of those rulers, also from my father.

  5. Debbie says:

    I love the last photo. I love it. I want a poster of it.

  6. Karin says:

    A couple of things:
    1) Cake stand = magnificent, incomparable – will soon be the #1 pin on Pinterest, no doubt.
    2) Josephine is beautiful – great photo.
    3) Most astounding of all the things – that anybody reading this blog has not ever thought about gluing it to his leg (although like someone else mentioned I think I would use a hot glue gun instead. and run fast)
    4) LOVED the Willie Nelson story.
    That’s it.

  7. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Loooove the folding ruler….and the cat…and chicken….cake stand, eh. I don’t make cake much anymore so whatever. I have a spinning cake decorating stand though, now those are cool. Cast iron base and everything.

    Being called an asshole makes my week…seriously. Compliments are a dime a dozen, but name calling is rare and priceless these days. 🙂 Especially from you, Karen. Cheers.

  8. Ev Wilcox says:

    Ummm, I kinda have a really beautiful cake stand w cover already. I let “Princess House” make it for me, even though I am so not “princessy” at all! Suspicious that my family loves my cake stand more than me. It is the first stop when they come home. If it is empty there is weeping and gnashing of teeth! Your cake stand is very nice, especially with the Black Marans on it! I haven’t put any Brussels sprouts on my cake stand yet, but it’s a thought!

  9. Hope says:

    OK guys…I’m just waiting for the next Pottery Barn or William-Sonoma catalogue to come out featuring….DRUMROLL….a lovely marble cake stand with a curved pedastle. Just you wait and see.
    Brilliant Karen!

  10. Maria says:

    I spent a great deal of time puzzling over this sentence: “I always keep silicone on hand because you never know when you’re going to have to glue it to his leg.”

    Who is the “he” and what is the it are you gluing to his leg? Got a new guy in your life?

    If you wanted people to notice the cake stand, you should not put a gorgeous cake on it. A purple monkey could have been holding that cake and no one would have noticed because, hey, it is cake.

    Do you even know your audience?

  11. Korrine Johnson says:

    It’s a beauty! Have you ever heard of the spaghetti scrubber? It is life changing when it comes to getting sticky labels off. Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Spaghetti-Scrub-Gentle-Goodbye-Detergent/dp/B002CVTTXE/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1429539553&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=spaghetti+scrub
    I bought them for my whole family last Christmas.

  12. cbblue says:

    I am so proud! I may be an asshole because I didn’t notice the cake stand which is beautiful, but I have a folding ruler just like that! So maybe I have a bit of cool like Karen!

  13. ellenk says:

    Your cake stand IS a marvel but either your animals are amazingly well trained and you’re a super quick shot (with the camera, don’t need to know more!) or you’ve also used that silicone to keep them in place for those wonderful photos.

  14. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Love it, I collect white cake stands! Marble will hold a little bit of temp so this makes this an added feature for perhaps a cheese platter with fresh fruit? Thanks for your smartie pants idea 🙂

  15. Kelly says:

    Bahahaha….I feel your pain Karen. Last week I took advantage of my guy being away for a couple of days to paint my bedroom. When he got home all he noticed was that I changed the artwork over the bed. I painted the bedroom a totally different colour and all he notices is that I took our (over 25 year old) wedding picture down and put something more up-to-date and artsy on the wall 🙁

    By the way……awesome cake stand 🙂

  16. mophead says:

    LMAO @ ‘assholes’. I’m crying here. In all honesty, I must have missed the post with that awesome cake stand. Sorry.

  17. Gary G says:

    Why not just buy a cake stand?? Or you can borrow mine if you wish…

    • Karen says:

      Mainly because the name of the site is The Art of Doing Stuff, not The Art of Buying Stuff I guess. But what do I know? I made a cake stand. ~ karen!

      • Gary G says:

        A bad joke on my part, Karen. Just trying to find an excuse to have you drop in and pay me a visit. Did I mention that I have a cake stand that you could borrow?

        • Karen says:

          Ha! No problem. And yes. I may need a cake stand one day and you will be the person I hunt down for it. ~ karen!

  18. Leslie Best says:

    That is an incredible cake stand Karen! So very very incredible.

    Lemon oil helps with sticky labels too.

    I absolutely love that you call your readers assholes. You kill me!! Lol!

    Happy Monday. I needed the giggle.

  19. Jane S says:

    The cake stand is lovely, but not as lovely as your folding ruler. My grandfather used one all the time. I think of him whenever I see one. Sadly, one of my brothers has it now. Creep.

  20. Heather says:

    You’ve got competition from your readers. I don’t know which is funnier: the post or the comments. Great start to a rainy Monday morning.

  21. You didn’t get my comment then?
    Well, here it is again:

    btw, to (easily) get ff sticky labels, warm them with hairdryer first, then they peel off. If the container is soft plastic you have to be careful not to melt the plastic (had that experience lol!)

  22. I think you have created the perfect foul stand! Or is it a cat stand? Beautiful no matter what it is!

  23. Su says:

    lovely cake stand… truly… still like brussel sprouts tho

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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!

  29. 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 !

    • Pam'a says:

      Zoe, save your hard work for when she’s old enough to remember it! Just make something tasty and easy to smush, and she’ll love it every bit as much. Honestly. You have a one year-old. You do enough. 🙂

  30. 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?

  31. 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!

    • 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!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Brook. All compliments should go to Josephine though, who cooperated fully with my ridiculous photo shoot. ~ karen!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

    • GiGi says:

      We have one my hubby calls “Nugget.” No plans for dinner, tho.

    • Amber says:

      I had an elderly neighbor who got 4 hens and let my sister and niece name them as they were helping her with them.

      Pon Pon
      and the little one was named Nugget (she grew up to be the biggest and bossiest)

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

    • Cred says:

      Homesense/goods also sells cake covers. I’ve also seen then at second-hand shops.

      • Cred says:

        Crap, just realized I bought mine at Home Outfitters not Homesense but I would expect Homesense would have them, too. I had been watching the thrift stores for a large dome but found the one at Home Outfitters for $7 or so- in Canada, thrifting wouldn’t yield one much cheaper than that. Sometimes thrifting isn’t very thrifty around here.

    • Karen says:

      That’s O.K. You can say the photos are more impressive than the cake stand. They pretty much are, lol. ~ karen!

  36. 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!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Charlotte. Yes, it truly just is how I am. I just enjoy coming up with things and doing stuff. It’s kind of exhausting actually, lol. ~ karen

      • Ann Brookens says:

        Karen, my idea of doing stuff is to open my Kindle and read your posts. Well, I also go to work, but I don’t really count that. I’ve been thinking about making a cake stand for over a year now, even going to the effort of looking in second hand shops for appropriate plates and vases/goblets/etc. I’ve never seen a bowl like the one you used. You created a very sturdy, but elegant, stand!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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’

  41. 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.

    • Karen says:

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

  42. 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.

    • 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!

  43. Robert says:

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

    • Karen says:

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

      • 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

      • jainegayer says:


  44. 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.

    • Becky says:

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

      • 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.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. ~ karen

    • Lynn (really spelled w/ an "e", but somebody else already has that spelling on here) says:


  45. 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.

  46. Laura says:

    Glue what to whose leg????

  47. Edith says:

    Hi Karen,

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

  48. 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 –

  49. Katie says:

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

  50. 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

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