Floating: The floating cake stand is a variation of the tiered stand, but with the supporting bars situated on only one side so that when the cakes are placed on the bases, it creates the illusion that they are actually floating. Ornate wedding or debutante cakes can be displayed beautifully in this type of stand, and as a practical note, there are now floating cake stands which can be disassembled for easy storage.
Cake stands that are Pillared come in a variety of designs and styles, but they typically employ bases and pillars between each of the cake's tiers. They can be short or tall based on the diameter or width of the cake layers. Despite the current school of though mentioned above, the pillared cake stand is still considered to be one of the most elegant ways that you can display a cake.