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A friend of mine works for Goetze’s Candy, and she asked if I’d make some treats for their annual sales meeting in Chicago.  “Heck yes!” I said.  And then she offered to pay for the ingredients and a bit extra for time.  Since I got the sweet, sweet bonus of compensation, this is a sponsored post!  (And that was my official disclaimer.  )

She also asked if I could display the treats on a nice looking platter.  Sure, it would’ve been easy enough to purchase disposable plastic trays from the dollar store, but that’s just not my style.  Yellow Martha to the rescue!  I headed to Goodwill to pick up some plates and candlestick holders to craft some inexpensive, super cute cake stands.

Here’s what the finished product looks like:

That beautiful custom cake stand cost me $7, and took five minutes to make!  As soon as my three-year-old saw me merchandising it with Goetze’s caramel creams, she immediately abandoned her tantrum and came over to investigate.  As you can see from her sugar-driven grin, we’re pretty big fans of Goetze’s over here, even before my friend started working there.  You’ll also notice how I stacked two cake stands to make a tiered display.

You only need three items to make this cake stand: a plate or platter, a candlestick, and E-6000.

For this particular cake stand, I went to Goodwill and found a cut glass plate with a scalloped edge that I really liked for $4.99.  Then I found a crystal candlestick for $2.99.

I made sure the bottom of the plate was completely flat and that it sat securely on the candlestick.  Once I was satisfied with the positioning, I used E-6000 to glue the two pieces together.

You can make a cake stand with pretty much any combination of plates and candlesticks.  I’ve even used an upside down ice-cream sundae glass paired with a simple white plate, both of which I picked up at the dollar store.

I eventually decided to use the cake stand to display these caramel apple spice crispy treats.  These were a fancy twist on your standard rice crispy treat that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and chopped up caramel apple cow tales.  Everything just comes together so well and the great flavor and texture makes this recipe a definite keeper in our house. Pretty sure this is going to be my bake sale go-to!  Here’s a link to the recipe: Caramel Apple Spice Crispy Treats.


Distracted, working mom seeking short escapes from a hectic life via quick crafts and fast food. Sure, she could meditate, after she cleans the house.

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