DIY: CONCRETE CAKE STANDS OR CENTREPIECE

Where baking and cupcake making has become a favoured South Africa pastime, Sephaku Cement shows you how to make a homemade concrete cake stand and other concrete ideas to compliment your culinary crumbs, buns and cake creations! Paired with an interchangeable decorative base, this concrete cake stand completes every baked cake creation or cookie station at high teas across the country.

Serving cake on a stylish stand or replicating a sought after concrete centrepiece, when putting Sephaku 32 or Sephaku 42 to task to create concrete cakes stand, concrete centrepieces or a themed tablescape, see these simple steps to follow.

For the base of the stand you will need:

  • Decorative “base” bowls (to stand upside down) that your concrete cake stand will be secured to – this is where the interchangeable element comes in to your concrete creation.
  • A masonry drill
  • 6 to 8 mm bolt (length will vary as described in text below)
  • 2 x 6 or 8 mm hex nuts
  • Black Marker

For the concrete platter you will need:

  • Disposable plastic, aluminium loaf pans and pie tins or reusable silicone moulds of any shape, size and design, keeping in mind standard cake and loaf cake sizes. Where smaller moulds hide blemishes and imperfections, larger moulds will be better equipped to fit various cake sizes ranging from 24, 26, 28, 32 and 36 centimetres.

 Method:

  • Mark and drill a hole in the centre of the base of the decorative bowls being sure to use the same diameter drill bit as the bolts and nuts (6 or 8 mm). If drilling into ceramic bowls, a tip to prevent the base from chipping and cracking is to mark the centre with a cross made out of masking or painters tape.
  • Next, drill the same diameter hole into the centre of your Concrete Cake Stand mould so that when the base and the mould come together the two are aligned, allowing the mould and the stand to be bolted together – which will be your next step.
  • Take into account that the 6 or 8 mm hex bolt and nuts selected will need to stick about 3/4 into your cement mould and around 2 centimetres into the stand’s base so that while the bolt remains secured onto the concrete stand it can be removed and interchanged to a new base.

With the construct of your cake stand and mould prepared you can now proceed to mix your desired concrete/ mortar mix, pigmented or with coloured aggregate sand and the correct water/binder ratio.

Sephaku 32 or 42 N offer the ideal consistency when blending your craft cement mix. Both suited to general purpose use, Sephaku 32 offers a versatile, consistent and cost effective option while 42N is more serious strength cement suited to various home improvement and general purpose projects.

Following the below recipe mix and mould your Sephaku Cement concrete cake stand.

Depending on the desired colour intensity when blending  your cement craft mix you can either use;

  • Half a part of coloured aggregate or 5% pigment of your choice if normal aggregates are used to 1 part Cement (strongest mix)
  • Equal parts of coloured aggregate or 5% pigment of your choice if normal aggregates are used to Cement (even stronger than the next mix)
  • Two parts of coloured aggregate or 5% pigment of your choice if normal aggregates are used to 1 part Cement ( stronger mix)
  • Three parts of coloured aggregate or 5% pigment of your choice if normal aggregates are used to 1 part Cement (strong mix)

Protected by a dust mask and gloves, blend the above dry ingredients, namely the coloured aggregate sand and Sephaku Cement together. Slowly add water, this being approximately 1 Tablespoon (15ml) of water for every approximately (60ml) sand and cement (combined volume) to the dry ingredients.

Blend in the water slowly taking care not to add too much too quickly with the end result resembling a slightly dry but wet almost pourable consistency. Once mixed, pour the semi-fluid concrete/mortar mix into the concrete mould that has been sprayed with aerosol oil similar to “spray and cook”. Remember that the mould will be anchored to the interchangeable base and the curing cement will secure to the top of the 6 or 8 mm hex bolt and nut in place.

After allowing the casted mould to cure for at least 24 hours, unscrew the nut on the inside of the interchangeable base. The casting mould should be easy to remove from the cured cement revealing the surface and secured 6 or 8 mm hex bolt in place. If finish is slightly uneven, now is the time to put sand paper to the uneven spots to smoothen the surface. Replace the base and nut back in place on the underside of the interchangeable base to complete this cake stand casting mould project.