How to Arrange a Cake on a Serving Platter

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Create a visually appealing cake platter with garnishes.

When you host a party or gathering, the dessert is often the star of the show. When you have cake on the menu, take the time to present it properly to entice and impress your guests. Arrange a cake on a serving platter with thought to the presentation. By including tiny garnishes around the cake slices on the platter, the dessert immediately becomes more special and looks more tempting to your guests.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp cake knife
  • Serving spatula
  • Large platter
  • Tart fruit (pomegranate seeds, strawberry, kiwi or pineapple)
  • Mint sprigs
  • Edible flowers (violets, marigolds or roses)
  • Cocoa powder or powdered sugar
  • Sifter
  • Sweet chocolate bar
  • Vegetable peeler
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Instructions

    • 1

      Decide the size you will slice each piece of cake prior to slicing. Slice the cake neatly and cleanly with the cake knife.

    • 2

      Place each piece of cake neatly onto the serving platter with the spatula, but leave about 1 to 2 inches of empty space around the perimeter of the platter for garnishes. Place a piece of cake at the back edge of the platter and make a row of cake slices moving toward the opposite edge of the platter with each slice resting gently on the slice before it. Fill the platter with similar rows of cake slices.

    • 3

      Determine which garnishes will complement your cake. For example, for a creamy white cake, consider using very thin slices of fruit around the edge of the platter. For a dark and rich chocolate cake, consider sifting powdered sugar lightly over one half of the platter and placing mint sprigs here and there around the edge of the platter. You could also use the vegetable peeler to create curls of chocolate from a chocolate bar or you could add edible flowers at various spots around the platter.

    • 4

      Step back and look at the platter often as you work to ensure the garnishes add to the presentation without detracting from the cake. The garnishes should complement without overpowering. Continue garnishing until the platter looks pleasing to you and then place the cake platter out for your guests to enjoy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Professional chefs garnish desserts by including elements of creamy, crunchy and "meaty" (satisfying). Chefs also think about contrasts as they garnish. For example, garnishing a sweet cake with tiny slices of strawberry and kiwi is a pleasing contrast.

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References

  • Photo Credit cake image by Dariusz Urbanczyk from Fotolia.com

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