The Standard Pedestal Type_ The pedestal type is probably the most common type of cake stand in use today. Whether it's in the home, at a bakery, or on a coffee shop counter top, the pedestal cake stand is normally what you see. The diameters of these typically range between 6" to 12" and stand somewhere between 6" and 9" tall. Additionally, the pedestal types are topped with a glass cover in some instances as well making them ideal for displaying a single or double_layer cake, doughnuts, or muffins.
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.