Product Recommendation—Glass Domed Cake Plate
Posted: 22 December 2009 12:05 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I shopped around for a domed cake plate to give as a gift. Everything I found was quite pricey, until I checked the Williams Sonoma site. They have an attractive hand-blown, glass domed cake plate for $30.00 (plus S&H). The two pieces invert to form a punch bowl—Alton Brown would approve its double duty function.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku548073/?pkey=xsrd0m1|16|||0|||||||cake stand&cm_src=SCH

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Posted: 22 December 2009 02:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Just my take but every glass-domed cake stand I’ve tried hasn’t been tall enough - even for a regular layer cake, never mind one with extra height in cake or decoration. I mean the dome part. People give them to me as gifts, and I end up taking them back. So whichever one you buy, check the height.

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Posted: 22 December 2009 02:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Good comment. This one from WS is 11 1/4” high, but that is probably the overall heighth. I will check with the gift recipient and ask what the inside heighth is. What heighth do you think is minimum for a cake dome?

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Posted: 22 December 2009 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Maybe 8” minimum??? Don’t really know. The other thing you have to be careful of is the design. Many of them slope down from the centre to the sides, so the inside height varies proportionately.

I don’t think they consult bakers, when they design these things! Rose would never design such a silly thing as a cake stand with a sloped dome cover.  tongue rolleye

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Posted: 23 December 2009 12:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have a crystal one made by Shannon Crystal.  It is very tall and does not slope, nice square sides.  It can also function as a trifle bowl and a punch bowl.  I bought it at Home Sense a couple of years ago for a lot less than what you would pay at a department store.  The height of the glass dome is 5 inches.  I have since seen other ones at Home Sense, not the same but very similar.

Sorry Kathleen,  I didn’t realize that you live in Mexico.  I don’t know if you have a Home Sense there or not.

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Posted: 23 December 2009 11:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I don’t like the cake lid/trifle/punch bowl combos - they look too unstable for my liking.  Also, glass cake domes can magnify light through the glass and actually melt your buttercream (been there, done that).  I store leftover cake in the fridge under a plastic dome (large tupperware), and I place pieces of wax paper against the exposed cut edges of the cake to keep them from drying out.

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Posted: 23 December 2009 03:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Very good tips, also, I always run a strip of plastic wrap around the base of the dome, so it remains airtight.

Neiman Marcus carries a large assortment of cake trays and domes, you can send me one anytime.  A more affordable option are the cake domes sold for restaurants, they are acrylic but sized oh-so-great!

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