Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Let Them Keep Cake

A few years ago, my husband found this nice, vintage metal cake carrier at an estate sale. He was drawn to its chic metal frame like a magnet.

Funny thing is, he doesn't like cake. Just the carriers. Reminds him of his childhood, I guess. Although, I don't think his mom was into making layer-cakes. And, I'm certainly not. I can't remember the last time I baked anything. Ask my adult children if they remember me ever baking them anything.

Well, the cake carrier came home with us. I put it on a shelf in the storeroom and forgot about it. Occasionally, my better half would say, "We should display that somewhere." I'd nod and promptly forget it.

Enter Cake Carrier No. 2, which my husband found and purchased at an estate sale two summers ago. This time, I decided that rather than having these bulky things--which actually are quite fun and interesting--sitting on a shelf somewhere, I should put them out and enjoy them. So I displayed them on my Hoosier cabinet along with several other bright-colored vintage kitchen items and some of my Thermos.

They say that whenever you have two or more of something, it can be considered a collection. Well, within the last month, my husband doubled the size of his cake carrier collection. when he found these two beauties at estate sales.

The chrome carrier has seen some hard use, but it has great character and wonderful detail around the cover and a wood acorn that serves as a handle.

I love the yellow carrier--definitely my favorite. The mid-century modern design is fun and interesting and reminds me of Sputnik.

The Hoosier cabinet and vintage picnic baskets provide a perfect background for the colorful collection. They also pair nicely with the Bauer custard cups my mom gave me, as well as my collection of Thermos.

So what if we don't bake cake in our household. My husband bakes a mean brownie and these useful treasures are perfect for shuttling pyramids of his delicious goodies.

Cake carriers are space hogs, for sure. They can chew up a lot of real estate on the storage shelves. But, in the "off season," they can store decorative plates and other small glassware and pottery.

If hubby picks up any more of these vintage beauties, I might be in the market for another antique kitchen cabinet to display them on.

Make it a great day!


  1. What the heck, I love to make cakes and I have NO cake carriers. I'm going to be on the hunt for one now. Stop by and see the cake I made this week, it would look great in anyone of those carriers. I have cake carrier envy, Laura

  2. Oh for the days when everyone made cake for dessert. Those cake servers are pretty by themselves, but a little cake under the cover couldn't hurt.

  3. What a great collection! I love the spun aluminum with the acorn finial. So cute!

  4. I see a lot of pretties in that cabinet! The cake carriers are gorgeous. I have never run across a metal one but hope to someday!

  5. I had to laugh at your play on words for your post title!
    My favorite is the first. I collect tole trays, so of course that cake keeper appealed to me the most. You have some great collections!

  6. Love your collection of cake carriers!! Especially the red one!!


  7. That is odd that your hubby is the one attracted to cake covers. If he likes to bake, that is great. I do not cook anymore either. It is just me. He does have good taste when picking the cake covers.

  8. Love your vintage finds! I am your newest follower!

  9. The Cake Carriers are great finds! And I love your thermos collection too. Did you refinish your Hoosier cabinet or did you find it in that great condition. It is beautiful!

    I have Fiestaware dishes that I have decorated my kitchen with. Love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  10. I'd love to find a cake carrier one day - lucky you to have such a nice collection...

  11. HI Ann, these carriers are great. I love the blue one! last year Apartment Therapy had a feature where someone had used the lid for a lamp shade. I bought two carriers to use in my kitchen. Of course I have not made the lights yet.....

  12. If you are interested in selling the first one with the dogwoods on it, please let me know. Email me at Thanks.


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