Display desserts in style with a neutral and budget friendly DIY wood cake plate. Customize the size and make a few in varying heights, sizes, and woods. They also make a great housewarming or hostess gift for the next party you attend!


  • wood
  • sanding block or paper
  • tape measure
  • compass
  • pencil
  • small bowl
  • plumber’s putty or epoxy putty
  • saw


1. Start by figuring out your desired dimensions for your cake plate (here we opted for 9 inches) and cut that number in half. That will be your radius for you cake plate. Measure that width on a compass, adjust your pencil and center point of the compass and draw yourself a perfect circle in the center of your wood.

2. Cut out your circle with a jig saw, band saw, or coping saw.

3. Once the circle is cut, sand down the edges with your sander. You can use a power sander or sanding block if you prefer. If you’re working with a thicker piece of wood, try to round out the edges so the piece does not look too thick on the finished piece. Wipe off any excess sawdust.

4. To attach the bowl to the wood cake plate top, cut a piece of plumbers putty and prep it by rolling and kneading it between your hands. This will create a marbled ball of putty which you will push firmly against the bowl. Press the bowl firmly against the bottom of the wood plate right in the center. Let dry for the amount of time indicated on the back of your tube of putty.

To finish the wood, oil it with a food safe oil like vegetable oil unless you want to leave it as is. Place the oil on wood, rub a thick coat on the top, and let it sit for a minute or two. Next use a cloth wipe off the excess oil that didn’t soak into the wood.

Display your cake, pie, or cupcakes on your new plate! When you’re done using it, wipe is clean with dish soap and a sponge. Dry thoroughly and re-oil as needed.

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