Best Cake Decorating Turntables for Every Budget and Level of Decorator

If you’ve ever decorated a cake, you know that it can be a problem to get around to the back of the cake. You have a few choices here. You can climb all over your counter. You can pull your table to the middle of the kitchen so that it’s possible to walk all around it.

Or you can spend a little money and buy a cake turntable, which will make your cake decorating so much easier.

These spinnable platforms will make getting all around cakes just a piece of cake. You will be able to apply icing evenly and details consistently without having to do acrobatics in your kitchen. The task of cake decorating is more efficient with these wonderful tools.

Here is a list of our top picks. A decorator of every type and level can find something here. We’ve done our best to predict and answer a few questions you might have about how to choose the best spinnable platform for you. Let’s take a look.

1. Cake Boss Decorating Tools Plastic Cake Decorating Turntable

The first decorating turntable we present is Cake Boss’s retro-inspired design. This turntable is red and white and reminiscent of the 1950s. The material used is lightweight plastic. The platform has a locking switch that helps to hold it steady. It turns in both directions.

Why We Like It

The rubber-gripped feet hold this turntable steady on the counter or decorating table. Ball bearings help to cut down on noise; moreover, you won’t need any oil for the table to turn smoothly. Another advantage of this platform is the rubberized ring that keeps layers steady even when you are smoothing frosting.

The turntable has the phrase “I love frosting” in the center. With this design, the turntable can be also used as a displayable cake stand. So, you can decorate your cake and display it using just one tool.

Disadvantages

It is not dishwasher safe. Also, you might not like the idea of using plastic in your kitchen, but this does cut down on weight if you’ll be using it as a display stand.

A word of warning here: if you use a cake board, the material doesn’t stick to it very well. So, you should be careful when using the cake board because it could topple off the platform.

Who It’s For

If you aren’t sure about investing a lot of money in a top-of-the-line cake turntable, this one might be a good choice. It can be also used as a fun display stand.

Pros:

  • attractive enough to display
  • inexpensive
  • lightweight

Cons:

  • plastic
  • cake boards don’t stick to the platform

 

2. Kootek Aluminum Alloy Revolving Cake Stand 

The next cake stand is a heavy-duty aluminum alloy. You can tell it is durable just by looking at it. Of course, it will provide enough stability. It comes with a few decorating tools: a stainless steel comb, an icing smoother, and several different types of spatula.

Why We Like It

The first thing you notice about this stand is its stability, thanks to the non-slip surface and rubber feet plus the weight of the aluminum alloy. It turns in both directions smoothly and produces almost no noise.

The basic cake decorating tools that come with it are great for beginners stocking their kitchens.

Disadvantages

It is heavy. There is no locking mechanism to hold the cake in place, making it difficult to use for intricate decorating jobs and impossible to leave for guests to serve themselves. It is not dishwasher safe and needs to be regularly wiped with a soft cloth to remain shiny.

Who It’s For

This turntable is a good option for those who already have some experience with turntables. It can be a good option for beginners, as they will receive decorating tools with it, and for experienced bakers who want to upgrade.

Pros:

  • heavy and durable
  • several icing tools provided

Cons:

  • no locking mechanism
  • can’t be used as a cake display stand

 

3. Wilton Tilt-N-Turn Ultra Cake Turntable

Wilton’s Tilt-N-Turn is a plastic turntable equipped with a weight-balanced base. It rotates in both directions. It also has a helpful locking mechanism to prevent turning. You can adjust the platform in 18 different angled positions. Rubber grips keep the platform from sliding around.

Why We Like It

This turntable is a definite upgrade. It is easier to do more sophisticated work if you can angle the cake.

The platform is large and can be used with cake boards and plates greater than 12 inches in diameter. It doesn’t matter whether you’re left or right-handed, you can easily adjust the angles to suit you. This turntable will take your cake decorating to another level.

Disadvantages

The bearing track can deteriorate, which will adversely affect the turning glide and increase the noise the table produces when rotating. Although not a professional turntable, it is an affordable alternative.

Who It’s For

It might be the best option for you if you’re an intermediate cake decorator who wants to make more complex jobs easier.

Pros:

  • a lot of functionality for the money
  • locks into 18 different positions
  • can be used as a cake display stand

Cons:

  • plastic doesn’t feel durable
  • bearings are likely to wear out and cause issues with the glide

 

4. Ateco 612 Revolving Cake Decorating Stand 

This is a professional grade turntable with a smooth glide. Ateco used two materials: cast iron for a stable base and aluminum for the platform. As a result, it is durable, gorgeous, and definitely an upgrade.

Why We Like It

Cast iron offers more durability. You’ll never have to worry about the base sliding around even if you work with sophisticated icings. The turntable also looks very attractive thanks to the powder coated finish, which helps the cast iron to resist rust and uneven wear and tear.

The patterned top of the aluminum platform grips the cake, stabilizing it so that you don’t have to worry about accidentally pushing the cake off the platform while you’re working.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a locking mechanism, so you have to keep the platform in place yourself while decorating. For the same reason, you won’t be able to use it as a display stand.

Cleaning is difficult, as it’s all one piece. Another worry is that it may rust if you leave any wet spots or icing on it after use.

Who It’s For

You will appreciate this stand if you are heavy-handed or prefer the feeling of weighty materials. It is difficult to lift but will stay where you put it.

Pros:

  • durability due to the cast iron base
  • it will never slip away from you
  • a professional-grade tool

Cons:

  • no locking mechanism
  • it’s cumbersome

5. Innovative Sugarworks Artists Cake Turntable Rotating Cake Stand 

The last turntable on our list is a professional grade turntable with a locking mechanism. It is made of food-grade aluminum, which guarantees durability, and stainless steel thrust, which offers a smooth spin.

Why We Like It

The red color used for the base makes it look attractive. Of course, appearance is not the most important quality in a kitchen tool, but this stand is a pleasure to look at it.

This turntable is heavy-duty due to the aluminum construction and doesn’t feel cheap as is the case with some plastic turntables. It is very stable and will stay in the place where you put it, so you don’t have to worry when working with trickier icing or because you have a heavy hand.

The spin rate is adjustable thanks to the tension key, so you can choose the rate based on specific needs for each cake. The locking mechanism will help to keep the cake still for detail work.

Disadvantages

The heavy construction is both a plus and a minus; when there’s a cake on the turntable, it will not be easy to move around.

Cleaning is a challenge as it’s all one piece. Use a soft cloth to wipe it clean and always keep it dry. The turntable may rust if it isn’t cleaned properly.

Who It’s For

If you are ready to further develop your cake decorating skills, this turntable will be an excellent tool for you. It’s heavy, solid, and equipped with a locking mechanism. It is the one a professional would use.

Pros:

  • attractive
  • heavy-duty
  • adjustable spin rate
  • locking mechanism

Cons:

  • cumbersome
  • difficult to clean

Read This Before Buying a Cake Decorating Turntable

There are several points to consider when deciding which cake turntable to choose.

Height

The strain you feel in your back and shoulders can be eased if you choose the height of the pedestal right. Measure the height of the counter or table you usually work at, and then consider the height of the pedestal. You want to avoid hunching over it for long periods of time when doing the icing to prevent back strain.

The height is also a consideration if you’re going to use the tool as a display stand. If it’s too tall, there’s a risk it will topple over when people cut off slices of cake. If it’s too short, it won’t look good as a display stand. So, choose accordingly.

Materials

Plastic is a suitable material for beginners as it’s light, easy to deal with, and inexpensive. It won’t be difficult to clean and will never rust. Most plastic turntables have a detachable platform that can be put in the dishwasher.

On the other hand, plastic is not always solid enough. You may accidentally send it sliding across the counter if you have a heavy hand. It also looks less professional.

Aluminum and cast iron are solid and durable. There’s no risk of sliding the cake stand around. It will last for years without cracking or breaking.

However, the metal materials can rust. You will have to follow certain cleaning protocols to prevent rust. Most of these turntables don’t offer a removable platform, and even those that do are not dishwasher safe.

Finally, they’re very heavy and cumbersome. So, they might be impractical for your decorating career if your wrists or arms are weak.

Locking Mechanisms And Adjustments

Locking mechanisms will keep the platform still when you need it for decorating. This is definitely an advantage if you do detail work or if you want to display the cake on the turntable. These turntables are very practical, though they may be a little expensive.

The angled base is also very helpful for getting all the details right. Some turntables may have mechanisms allowing the base to lock into an angled position, which will make decorating even more comfortable.

It is true that this may lead to some extra expense, or it may cause a problem later if the hinges and locking mechanisms wear out. It’s also a feature that may not be necessary unless you are into intricate decorating.

Grips

It is clear that the bottom of the turntable, as well as the platform, should have a rubber grip to prevent the cake from sliding. You definitely want a platform with rubber grips to help keep the board still if you tend to use cake boards.

If you don’t plan to use cake boards, a simple textured platform will be much better as the platform with rubber grips may tear the delicate cake bottom.

Make sure the turntable has grips on the foot of the pedestal if the table is plastic. Plastic is notorious for sliding easily, and continually adjusting the position of the turntable is not what you want to do in the middle of decorating.

Final Thoughts

Your decorating adventure will be so much easier with a cake decorating turntable. You won’t have to climb on the counter to get to the other side of the cake or risk harming your elbow or wrist. It will be easier to apply even icing and consistent details.

If this is going to be your first turntable and you’re not ready to invest a lot now, there are a few affordable turntables for you. Later you might consider purchasing a professional grade one.

Any turntable you buy will help you finally get icing perfect on all sides of the cake. Have fun decorating!

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