Miniature Cakes + a Giveaway!

October 28, 2014

Are you ready for the holiday baking season? Over in our Provisions shop, we make the most of good food by finding useful, beautiful products to go with it.

Today: Why would we ever encourage smaller portions of cake? Mini cake stands, that's why. And because we like to share, we're giving away two miniature Mosser cake stands -- just tell us what you'd serve on it in the comments below by Sunday, November 2nd at 5 PM.

Update: Congratulations to our winners -- Helen Williams with her mini pumpkin pies and PieceOfLayerCake with her plans for sticky buns! 

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You all love cake! And we loved your answers -- since we only had two cake stands to give away, stay tuned for an email to your inbox on Tuesday, November 4th with a special cake stand discount so everyone can bake beautifully.

I write about dozens of products every week, but the jadeite milk glass cake stand from Mosser Glass currently tops my list of favorites. It’s adorable, yes, and versatile, yes, but it's the milk glass that I really love. Milk glass is sought after by collectors and designers -- you’ll find entire Etsy shops dedicated to it and pages upon pages of eBay listings for it in every shape and color. 

Milk glass has been around since the 16th century, when glassmakers in Venice discovered how to create an opaque effect by adding special chemical particles called opacifiers to molten glass. Fast forward to today: Mosser Glass, based in Cambridge, Ohio, replicates vintage-style milk glass dishes in shades ranging from white to delicate pink to pale jadeite green. 

You could choose their full-size cake plate to serve your desserts. And I’d understand: It’s practical and fits a dessert to serve a crowd. While I usually advocate for more cake rather than less, I’m completely captivated by the miniature Mosser plate. At 6 inches wide and only 5 1/2 inches high, it doesn’t look like it can hold much. But you can heap meringues on it, pile it with doughnuts, and serve towering (but narrow) layer cakes on it. 


In the interest of full disclosure, I once stacked Wheat Thins on this cake plate and served them to dinner guests alongside glasses of Prosecco. I got enthusiastic compliments all around for my entertaining prowess. That’s the power of good serveware in action. 

Now you try it! Small hand-held desserts like whoopie pies or deep-fried apple hand pies would be easy to pile on the stand, or make the miniature pistachio-vanilla layer cake pictured in the top photo. 

We're giving away two miniature Mosser cake plates! To enter, tell us in the comments below by Sunday, November 2nd at 5PM: What would you put on this cake stand

First photo by James Ransom; all others by Posie Harwood.

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I like warm homemade bread slathered with fresh raw milk butter, ice cream in all seasons, the smell of garlic in olive oil, and sugar snap peas fresh off the vine.


Sabine November 3, 2014
I missed the boat on this, but I would probably stack a neat pyramid of finger sandwiches (cucumber/cheddar/chive and homemade gravlax w/ horseradish sauce) on this lovely little stand.
chris November 3, 2014
Ohhhh, I'm too late, but I would definitely showcase a Baby Cake from Flo Braker--The Simple Art of Perfect Baking and Sweet Miniatures. The cake I make is a perfect six inch treat.
Phuong P. November 3, 2014
Mini apple pie donuts!
Catherine S. November 3, 2014
My chocolate stout cake!
NoraB November 3, 2014
I would stack it with cupcakes!
Liz-mari W. November 3, 2014
A small layered custard cake!
cookinginvictoria November 3, 2014
Christmas cookies -- a festive selection of my grandmother's honey cookies, biscotti, and miniature peanut butter blossoms!
Fran L. November 3, 2014
It's perfect for a variety of french macaron!
sasha November 3, 2014
My kids favorites...cheesecake and pumpkin pie!
Severine C. November 3, 2014
Lemon meringue pie
Aranyani N. November 3, 2014
A petite fruitcake for the holidays
Juroem November 3, 2014
Miniature Croquembouche enveloped in spun sugar on display for dinner and served for dessert
Trudy J. November 2, 2014
I make a small round filled cake for birthdays for friends, usually I put it on a boring piece of covered cardboard, this would be so much more elegant to serve it to them.
CameoAppearances November 2, 2014
Display pumpkin cookies or mini pies at our annual turducken day/friendsgiving!
Lynda November 2, 2014
A pyramid of truffles, formed in layers: dark chocolate at the bottom, caramel in the middle, and white chocolate on top. Repeat the layering as long as there are truffles!
Freddurf November 2, 2014
Hand rolled chocolate truffles!
Stacey L. November 2, 2014
Upside down cranberry cake for the Holidays!!!
Matthew P. November 2, 2014
A four-layer meringue stack with autumnal fruits and beautiful cream! A beauty of a dessert for a beauty of a cake stand!
Alex N. November 2, 2014
I would definitely serve my animal macarons, they will look perfect on this cake stand!
NY M. November 2, 2014
My daughter Emma's first birthday cake - next March!