The 10 Best Cake Server Sets
This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in February of 2016. Given that cakes are used to mark special occasions, shouldn't you serve them in a special way? Our selection of server sets combine elegance with function, and make short work of slicing and dishing out wedding or birthday cakes, as well as other treats enjoyed at your favorite holiday dinners. You could also give one as a gift that is sure to remain in the recipient's family for years. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 17, 2019:
When paired with a cake stand, a high-quality cake server set helps you dish out your desserts with refinement and ease, whether at a wedding or home get-together. That's why we've selected options that will blend with various types of decorative sensibilities. For a classic feel, we still like the Vera Wang Wedgwood Infinity and Lenox Bridal Adorn. These are simple options that are attractive thanks to smooth lines and balanced design, so they will harmonize with your table rather than stand out. For those who prefer something a little more bold, we kept the Godinger Gold Leaf and added the Kate Spade New York Simply Sparkling as well as the Strova Vintage. All three sets are conversation starters, boasting eye-catching styling that moves beyond traditional silver selections. The Kate Spade option is probably the most usable of the three, with a design that doesn't overtake its functionality. Finally, we opted to include one casual choice, the Bambum Natural Bamboo; you might consider it if you're planning an outdoor, nature-themed wedding or event.
Waterford Wedding Stainless Arriving in an attractive box with a gift tag, the Waterford Wedding Stainless is a gift that will always be remembered. It makes a fine start to a Waterford collection, although as you might imagine, it is rather spendy. waterford.com
Tiffany & Co. Hampton The Tiffany & Co. Hampton has a regal feel, which makes sense, given that it was named for the country palace of King Henry VIII of England. For a personalized touch, engraving is available, including initials as well as an array of symbols. tiffany.com
Choosing A Cake Server Set
To that end, a cake server set is going to have to suit the overall decor of the wedding in question before any other features are considered.
If you’re in the market for a cake server set, then there’s a good chance that a special occasion is right around the corner. Often, these sets are used for the first time when cutting into and serving a wedding cake, after which use they may be reserved for the anniversaries of that married couple. They can come in especially handy if you remember to save the top of your cake for that one-year anniversary.
To that end, a cake server set is going to have to suit the overall decor of the wedding in question before any other features are considered. There would be no point in opting for the set you find the most durable if its smooth stainless steel construction were in direct opposition to the rustic pewter theme of the plates and glasses at every table. Once you’ve narrowed our list down to options suitable for your particular wedding style, then you can focus on other features.
Some of those other features include materials, knife serration, and additional pieces. For materials, stainless steel is liable to be your most durable option, especially considering the fact that these utensils will likely only see use once or twice each year. Silver is a beautiful material, to be sure, but it tends to tarnish easily if not regularly cared for, and if you’re on a diet that restricts you from eating cake on days that aren’t your anniversary, taking our your cake server set for a monthly polish may prove to be an awful temptation.
Then, you’ll have to ask yourself whether or not you want your knife to be serrated. This will have more to do with the consistency of the cake you intend to serve than anything else. Serrated knives will move more effectively through denser cakes, while fluffier, more fragile cakes would do well to encounter a sharp, flat blade, as these cakes might crumble in the presence of a serrated option’s sawing motion. You should make your decision today based on the cake you have upcoming, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself coming back here for a recommendation for another set, as you’re sure to enjoy different types of cake throughout the years.
Finally, any extra pieces or features that a set boasts can also come in handy. Most commonly, you may see a set that comes with forks designed to commemorate the occasion. These or the serving utensils may also have some kind of engraving specific to the occasion, but many of these are rather heteronormative, so you may have to look around to find an LGBT-friendly engraving if the occasion calls for it.
Make A Wish, And Don’t Blow It
There are a lot of traditions when it comes to the treatment and service of a cake, whether we’re talking about birthday cakes, wedding cakes, or other pastries meant to commemorate an occasion. In one combined example from the American deep south, you should have the same amount of candles lit on your birthday cake as you have aged in years. Try to blow them all out, and however many remain mark the number of years until you’ll be married. There’s little information about how this superstition comes into play after you’re already married, however.
But don’t pull the knife out yourself, or your wish, again, will fail to come true.
The birthday cake candle blow is also where you’re supposed to be able to make a wish. But be careful; if you say that wish out loud before you blow, or you share it with anyone afterward, it’s destined never to come true. Fortunately, you’ll get a second chance with the knife from your new server set in hand. In some cultures, there’s another wish to be had as the birthday boy or girl cuts into their birthday cake. But don’t pull the knife out yourself, or your wish, again, will fail to come true.
On your wedding day, there are plenty of additional traditions and superstitions revolving around the wedding cake. For the bride and groom, it’s become a tradition that they cut the cake together and feed each other a small morsel of cake before anyone else gets to eat it. Many modern couples have evolved this tradition to include smashing that cake into their partner’s face, with the bride more commonly having that privilege than the groom (you don’t want to mess with a bride’s makeup on her wedding day). For single wedding guests, it’s said that if they sleep with a piece of the wedding cake under their pillow that night, they’ll dream of their future betrothed. Fortunately, many modern weddings involve a stay at a hotel, so you won’t even have to wash the icing out of the sheets yourself.
Other Ways To Up Your Cake Game
For cake lovers, a good server set is only one piece of the puzzle. There are other important investments you ought to make if you really want your cake game to outshine everyone else’s.
There are other important investments you ought to make if you really want your cake game to outshine everyone else’s.
When making your cake, you’re going to need a good stand and a serious decorating kit. Your stand may only be there to provide you with a stable, elevated surface on which to decorate your cake, but many also double as presentation stands, and some even rotate, allowing you to carefully and accurately ice round cakes with ease. And a good decorating set will give you everything you need to make your cake as pretty as possible, including icing bags with an assortment of tips to squeeze out icing in specific shapes and patterns.
Transporting your cake can be a challenge, especially if it’s the heavier, tiered variety. A durable cake carrier is the way to go for getting your confection from point A to point B without disaster befalling it. Some of these options also have stands built into them, and are designed to take you from the decorating stage all the way to cutting and serving without ever having to transfer the cake from one platform to another.