I think milk glass is one of the prettiest things on the planet. I don’t entertain much, so I don’t need lovely items to show off my food to guests too often, but because of my food blog, Amanda’s Cookin’, I need these type of lovelies for food props!
I’ve wanted a milk glass cake plate for a long time. I’ve been scouring thrift stores and antique shops, looking for just the right one. I’ve found a few in my travels, but they really weren’t what I was looking for, and I wasn’t willing to pay between $75 and $100 to get what I wanted.
I’m sure you’ve seen the posts around the internet, people making cupcake stands and candle pedestals out of plates and candlestick holders. Well I did something similar. I came across a milk glass plate in one of my favorite thrifty antique stores that was perfect for a cake. It measured 10″ across, not counting the decorative border, and the best part was that the plate itself was flat. There was no dip in the center like you find on a typical dinner plate.
Now all I needed was a stand. There were plenty of milk glass candlesticks in several heights and sizes, but none that seemed wide enough to hold the plate, especially with a cake on top. So I kept looking around, and then I found it. A pretty little milk glass candy dish.
I removed the lid from the dish, turned the dish upside down, and placed the cake on top. Perfect!
The woman who runs the store was overly impressed by my ingenuity, and complimented me several times on being able to see a cake plate from these two items. He he. If she only knew what my mind sees from anything my kids want to throw in the garbage!
All I did was turn the plate over, find the center and make a mark. Then, with a little help from Gorilla Glue and a stack of cookbooks to create the bond the glue needs, I was able to create my beloved milk glass cake plate.
If you haven’t used Gorilla Glue before and are not sure what I meant above, here’s the deal. Gorilla Glue requires a bond because as the glue begins to work, it expands. If there were no bond, the glue would expand, pushing the two surfaces apart. A bond, whether it be that the two surfaces being glued together are clamped into a vice, or they are held together by the weight of several awesome cookbooks, must be in place for this to work. See the white foamy looking stuff? That’s the expanded glue.
$15 — the plate
$6 — the candy dish
$21.00 – I can live with that :)
Here’s the first cake I displayed on my plate – Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake (I know, right?!) and then I made my own concoction from some mulberries I picked from my own tree, and that I call Vanilla Bean Mulberry Cake. :)
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