You know I love all things vintage, that goes for sitting down with a cup of tea in my vintage china and a slice of cake on a vintage cake stand.  These are not just for your special ‘me-time’ but they are great for parties too.  So below I’ve let you know how to make a vintage cake stand.


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Want to know how to make a vintage cake stand? Head over to my blog where I show you how. You can make them for yourself or to sell.

How to make a vintage cake stand

I started to make my own vintage cake stands to compliment the vintage china I already had.  Here’s my guide to help you make your very own vintage cake stands.

What you will need to make a vintage cake stand:

  1. A selection of vintage china plates, best place to find these are your local car boot sale, charity shops or ebay.
  2. A cake stand fitting, these can be found here.
  3. A drill, I recommend purchasing a cheap drill that you use only for plates, this is the one I use.
  4. A tile drill bit, I highly recommend these ones. Do not use ordinary drill bits they just won’t cut through the china and will ruin your drill and bit!
  5. A pen.
  6. A ruler or measuring tape.


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Vintage Plates

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Drill bit for drilling china plates

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cake stand fitting

Step 1

I like to make a two tier cake stand but of course it is entirely up to you but remember the biggest plate goes to the bottom.  Also, check your plates all over, if there is a hairline crack in any of them when you drill they will break.

Ensure your plates are clean and dry, place them upside down and with your tape measure or ruler take the diameter of the plate and mark the centre with your pen, this is where you will drill.  When I make the mark on the plate I usually measure again just to be sure.


Step 2

Safety first, so put on safety goggles.  Before drilling your plate place it somewhere it won’t slip and put something underneath, I use a mixing bowl with a old tea towel in it so the plate is nice and secure, I also place an old chopping board underneath.

Before starting to drill the hole it is important to place a drop of water on the plate, it is to keep the drill bit cold when drilling, it also keeps your drill bit in good order so you can use it again and again.  Place your drill at an angle on the plate and start drilling slowly.  Once you can feel there is a groove in the plate you can gently move the drill to an upright position and continue drilling through the plate.  It really does depend on the plate and speed of your drilling on how long it takes to drill through but to give you a guide at the beginning it will probably take about 3 minutes.


Step 3

Repeat the drilling process until you have drilled all plates.


Step 4

You will probably need to give your plates another clean.  You then attach the cake stand fittings.



You are now ready to hold a vintage tea party, enjoy 🙂  Why not visit my Etsy shop to view more vintage cake stands?



Head over to my blog post to see how easy it is to make a vintage cake stand. You can do this for yourself or to make them to sell!



Christmas Decorating Inspiration

It’s nearly time for the annual cheer and festivities of Christmas.  I really want to do something special with my table setting and home decorations this year so thought I would share some inspirational pictures with you.

I’m not that imaginative when it comes to decorating so having something to look at like these pictures is an excellent way of being able to have Christmas decorations you can be proud of.


This first picture is a lovely table display in silver and you can buy most of these from Next here.  What appeals to me about this one is the elegance of the silver and black – very classy!




These stag candle holders are just to die for and would look elegant on your dinner table!  They are available from Marks and Spencer here.


I have just discovered the Christmas range from Matalan here, and they have some lovely decorations.  This glitter wreath is just lovely.


I’ve been told that Christmas bedding is more of an American tradition, well I have just adopted it!  I am so thrilled to own some beautiful Christmas bedding, like this one from Debenhams which you can buy here.  I mean your bedroom will look so festive with this .


No home is complete at Christmas time unless there are lights, and you can never have too many lights in my opinion.  I would say that you can’t go wrong with lights from Argos here.

Just look at these lovely path lights!



If you are looking for something special for your tree, why not try these beautiful decorations from Debenhams here? There are just so many decorations deciding which ones to choose will be very difficult!


And Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a cake stand upon which you can place all those lovely treats we are going to eat over the festive season, you can order vintage cake stands from my Etsy shop here or by contacting me directly for a one off vintage cake stand.

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Below I tell you how in 4 simple steps you can make vintage pineapple upside down cake.


I am just so excited that the Great British Bake Off 2016 is finally here.  The programme gives me so many great memories such as Brendan from Series 3 and his baking that just looked like something out of the 1950s. What about Howard when Deborah accidentally used his Crème Anglaise?  Who could forget “bingate” when Iain dumped his Baked Alaska?  And finally the heart-warming and passionate winning by Nadiya in season 6.


So, in celebration of the GBBO 2016, I have decided to share my favourite vintage recipes, this week it is Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  You will need to keep coming back each week to see what vintage recipe I will be sharing with you!


I hope they take you back down memory lane and bring back some happy memories, as they do for me.  If you’d like to make some of these recipes head over to my related posts:

Making a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Making Vintage Carrot Cake


Alternatively if you’d like to order ingredients to make these desserts head over to Tesco Groceries for the items.


What you will need for the topping: 

50g softened butter

50g light brown sugar

Tin of pineapple rings in syrup (drain them and put syrup to one side)

Tub of glace cherries


What you will need for the cake:

100g self-raising flour

100g softened butter

100g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)



Heat your oven to 180C / 160C fan / gas 4.

Start with the topping.  Beat the sugar and butter together with a wooden spoon until creamy; spread this on the bottom of the cake tin (I use a 20cm tin).  Take the pineapples and arrange them at the bottom of and place the cherries in to the centre of the rings.  You can also add more cherries to fill the gaps left by the pineapple rings.  Put this to one side.

For the cake, put all the ingredients in a bowl; add about 3 tablespoons of the pineapple syrup together with the lemon juice.  Mix thoroughly.  I use an electric whisk for this as it’s quick but you can use a wooden spoon or hand whisk too.  When all the ingredients are mixed to a soft consistency, spoon it over the pineapples and cherries.

Before putting in the oven I recommend putting the cake tin on a baking tray to catch any of the juice in case it bubbles over.

Bake for 40 minutes and leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.


I hope you give this recipe a try.  After making this one, I just couldn’t resist the vintage tea cup  and vintage cake stand and sitting down to have a slice of the delicious cake with a lovely cuppa.   Let me know how you get on or what over vintage recipes you like.


Elf x