Sps Instructions

Decorating By leah_s Updated 24 Sep 2014 , 1:54pm by leah_s

happyme226 Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 5:18pm
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Sorry if this has been asked before. I just really want to get this order right.

What set of pillars do I buy if my tiers are more than 4 inches high?

I do not want any spaces between tiers.


Thanks, Jen

leah_s Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 9:07pm
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Happy, SPS pillars come pre-cut in 4", 5", 7" and 9" lengths. If you need something in between, you'd buy the 9" ones and cut them.

alra, ou are correct, the largest SPS plate is 18". The round plates will work under the hex. I have used a plate 2" smaller than the cake with success ina pinch. I've never tried it with a cake 4" bigger than the plate, but I think I would do it. l'd suggest a foamcore boards, though, for extra support for those really big tiers.

BTW, how many thousands of servings is that cake?

Tammies_Cakes Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 4:50pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

SPS can be purchased online at and Oasis Supply.




leah,
Is this what I need?
http://www.cincicakeandcandy.com/product.php?pID=6040
http://www.cincicakeandcandy.com/product.php?pID=1322

leah_s Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 5:07pm
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Yes . . . The first link is to the 8" SPS plate. Of course the plates come in a variety of sizes.

The second link is to the original column which I don't like at all. I much prefer the CG-4S but the company in those links doesn't seem to carry them. Oasis does. The 4" legs are GC-4S.

But yes, that's SPS!!

Tammies_Cakes Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 8:35pm
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[quote="leah_s"]Yes . . . The first link is to the 8" SPS plate. Of course the plates come in a variety of sizes.

The second link is to the original column which I don't like at all. I much prefer the CG-4S but the company in those links doesn't seem to carry them. Oasis does. The 4" legs are GC-4S.

Thank you very muchicon_smile.gif

Lulu3535 Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 10:32pm
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I have a 4 tier birthday cake to do for the end of this month, and after reading the rave reviews here of SPS I have decided to try it (especially having never done 4 tiers before!).

My question is this: The top tier for this is only going to be 4" wide. How does SPS play with other support systems? Should I use SPS for the bottom two tiers and then dowel the rest?

Any advice would be appreciated!

cupcakeatheart Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 8:18pm
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I usually use dowels, but gonna give this a go next weekend SAVE icon_smile.gif

leah_s Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 8:33pm
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Lulu, SPS doesn't have an option for a 4" diameter tier. And that's why I never design a cake with that size tier. You'd have to dowel under that one.

Anna902 Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 6:11am
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Wow--This is how new I am to the whole cake making biz. I had no idea that such a system even existed!!

So here's my problem: I already made and placed all my cakes for a 4 tier cake on their cakeboards and they are sitting in my fridge. Cake is going to be delivered this Friday. I was just on here researching how to deliver a fully assembled 4 tier cake without catastrophic results ( I was definitely planning to dowel) and came across this VERY informative thread. Leah---you are so helpful and I was hoping you could help me now too!! Not sure if this was already asked or not, and I apologize if it was, but--How do I properly center these cakes now without having pre-made the holes in the cakeboards as you advise in the tutorial? Any tips? Is it hopeless?

Oh--and GSA sells these under the Bakery Craft name--this is the system you recommend right? Is this the same system that is also sold on the Oasis sight? Does Oasis have a reputation for speedy delivery?

Thanks SO MUCh in advance for all your help!!

travmand Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 11:50pm
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Can't wait...just ordered the SPS. But $10 shipping...ouch. My order was only $9.25?? Geesh.

leah_s Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 11:56pm
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You shouldda order more parts. Generally the shipping doesn't go up much. Was that GSA or Oasis Supply?

travmand Posted 8 Apr 2010 , 2:17am
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I ordered from Oasis supply. I guess if I like it, next time I'll be sure to order more or at least look around on the site a little bit more than I did. And, my receipt actually said, "estimated shipping cost".....so who knows...maybe it will come out a little less in the end. I'm weird about S&H.....I guess I'm cheap but I hate paying it icon_sad.gif

zoraya Posted 8 Apr 2010 , 1:26pm
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Originally Posted by cherrycakes

I guess I'll answer my own question!! The warped plated did not matter as I just held the plate tight and made sure to push the legs in straight. The system worked beautifully and I was so impressed with it! I didn't have to worry about the tiers not being straight and it was so secure delivering it! Thanks Leahs!!

cathyscakes: I don't have an agbay but my tiers were well over 4 inches (close to 4 1/4 inch) by the time I torted them - I didn't have any problems with them being higher.




Good to know! Gettting ready to use this for the first time and one of my plates was bowed too and I was worried about this. Thanks for the info!

btsmama Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 7:42pm
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ok, so I'm a total newbie here, and I'm also a total newbie to the cake decorating world. I have a question that I'll probably regret asking after it's answered.....but why do we poke a hole in the cardboards? I don't understand where the peg it's supposed to be sliding onto comes from? icon_redface.gif

leah_s Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 7:52pm
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Did you read thru the sticky and look at the pictures?

SandyS Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 4:04am
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Oasis carries a frosted crystal plate and the solid white - is there a difference?
Thanks,
Sandy

leah_s Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 12:43pm
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The only difference is the color.

SandyS Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 1:48pm
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THANKS!!

SandyS Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 6:17pm
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Sorry but I have another question....I have to do a tiered hexagon cake - what would you use with these?
Thanks,
Sandy

LaBellaTorta Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 7:09pm
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Hi there

Apologies if this has already been answered - read through the thread and couldn't find it, but it is a long thread, so could have missed it!

Does anyone know where this can be bought in the UK - I am just starting out, so can't afford the minimum international order value from the US suppliers.

Thanks!

leah_s Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 7:49pm
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Sandy, use the rounds.

SandyS Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 7:52pm
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Thanks again!!

splymale Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 6:12pm
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This is great! I am doing my 1st 4 tier cake this summer & had a few questions regarding SPS.

1. The cardboard: I'm assuming this is plain old cake boards you pick up anywhere? Also, should the cake boards be covered with wax paper?
2. Should a 4 tier w/ SPS be assembled prior to delivery or on sight? Is a 4 tier typically too heavy to carry?
3. Earlier, ther was a post saying they had to use too much icing to get to the edge of the plasic plate. Is this a typical problem? I'm putting a ribbon on the bottom of each tier, but will the cake meet the edge of the plate with a normal amount of icing?

Thank you, thank you!!!!

leah_s Posted 27 Apr 2010 , 2:30pm
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[quote="splymale"]This is great! I am doing my 1st 4 tier cake this summer & had a few questions regarding SPS.

1. The cardboard: I'm assuming this is plain old cake boards you pick up anywhere?
yes

Also, should the cake boards be covered with wax paper?
Absolutely no need

2. Should a 4 tier w/ SPS be assembled prior to delivery or on sight?
(site) I can't lift a four tier. I generally take 2-3 tiers assembled depending on the tier size.

Is a 4 tier typically too heavy to carry?
It is for me.

3. Earlier, ther was a post saying they had to use too much icing to get to the edge of the plasic plate. Is this a typical problem?
Not in my experience

I'm putting a ribbon on the bottom of each tier, but will the cake meet the edge of the plate with a normal amount of icing?
Always does for me.

Thank you, thank you!!!![/quote]

sweettoothmom1 Posted 17 May 2010 , 1:12am
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hi, two rookie questions:
-my supplier only has round SPS, but my 1st wedding cake is all squares. can i use the round sps?
-sometimes they dont have the legs and i found some dowels that fit exactly into the holes. i use it sometimes, but do u think that is as stable?

mustang1964 Posted 21 May 2010 , 6:00am
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I tried sps for the first time on a 14" 12" 10" 8" wedding cake. The dowels were not the right height so we cut them. After the wedding I looked at the dowels and they were cracked on the ends we cut . They weren't cracked when I put them in the cake. We probably cut them wrong what should we have cut them with?

leah_s Posted 21 May 2010 , 12:32pm
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Miter box and saw, or chop saw. The best idea of all is not to cut them, but that does require that you make your cakes to the height of the precut legs. (4", 5" or 7")

SandyS Posted 21 May 2010 , 2:26pm
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I'm finally doing my 5 tier hexagon cake....you said to do round SPS under these tiers - do I put the cake on a hex shaped board?
Thanks

CakeItGood Posted 21 May 2010 , 6:51pm
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Hello,

I am hoping someone can answer this question for a cake we are doing today. Trying the SPS system for the first time and I grabbed the wrong thing at the cake store! The bag has grecian looking columns with extensions. Does anyone know if the grecian pillars be pushed down into the cake just the same as the other pillars? The ends of the pillars look thicker around the edge, not at all like the plastic Wilton rods that I have been using. Will I destroy the cake if I push them in? Thank you! icon_redface.gif

leah_s Posted 23 May 2010 , 11:29am
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Sandys - yes to the hex shaped boards.

4 bug - sorry I didn't see your post on Friday. I'm always here on Friday night with the FNCC. The answer is yes, of course. SPS columns, no matter which of the three styles you buy are meant to be pushed down into the cake. What you bought is the multi-piece set. It comes with a base leg that's 5" plus two, 2" extensions. This set is primarily used to created cakes with separations, or the 5" leg can be used with taller cakes.

When purchasing SPS, you do need to pay attention to what you're buying.

GC4S is the standard 4" leg that you'll probably use most of the time.
The multi-piece leg set is described above.
There is also a 9" leg that can be cut to whatever dimension you need.

All come in bags of 12. I keep all three types of legs on hand at all times, 'cause you might need one or the other.

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