The Traditional Cake Stand is normally a three_tiered affair since most wedding cakes are created in three tiers. They can be round or square, and are typically manufactured in one of three designs _ pedestal, plateau, or un_raised.
Plateau: A very basic stand, the cake plateau is something one could use at a simple housewarming party, or perhaps a regular family dinner. Usually made of silver or porcelain, it somewhat resembles a pedestal cake stand, but without the long pillar supporting it underneath. Sometimes though, it has three or four short "legs" that give it a small height advantage compared to the other dishes on the table.