Sps System Experiences...

Decorating By snarkybaker Updated 31 Aug 2014 , 4:31am by JustBakedSLO

jsmith Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 3:35am
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This answers a lot of questions I had. Thanks everybody!

ValMommytoDanny Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 3:42am
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Just because I am a nut...who is search challenged....

Can anyone post a link to the specific plates and columns that I would have to order from any website? Any size - I just want to see the pictures.

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FromScratch Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 4:04am
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and I'm glad I'm not the only one having issues with images.. what the heck is up?? 1/2 the time my avatar isn't there anymore.. icon_confused.gif

DebBTX Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 4:17am
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Originally Posted by jkalman

1/2 the time my avatar isn't there anymore.. icon_confused.gif




Your avatar flower is gorgeous. Is it real or gumpaste?

-Debbie B.

Solecito Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 6:02am
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If someone would like to see a picture of a cake whith a very thin border using SPS, this was my first one (actually, my only one). You don't need a lot to cover the edges of the plate. The cake is covered with fondant and the borders are buttercream:

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1263776

FromScratch Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 2:02pm
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That cake is very beautiful Solecito.. but I consider that a thick border.. I'm attaching a picture to show what I mean by thin. The cake was made by Cake Girls but they have a flash site so you can't link to a page.

Debbi B.. Thank you for the compliments on my flower.. it is infact gumpaste. icon_smile.gif
LL

loriemoms Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 2:28pm
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Try the smaller plate..I think that will help a lot!

btw, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your quote!!! hahaha!

My other wish list was SPS plates that are 3-4 inches. Has anyone had a request for a very small cake topper like that yet? Its the big rage here...a 4 inch cake top instead of a 6 inch.

FromScratch Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 2:58pm
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LOL.. thanks Lorie.. we watch Chowder here on a regular basis.

Most people like the way the 6" cake look as a topper. You could always just put that on when you get to the venue with regular dowels. They do need to make a 4" plate.

KMKakes Posted 15 May 2011 , 9:08am
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Does using this take away from the serving count?

Dayti Posted 15 May 2011 , 5:29pm
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No, not in my opinion. The amount of cake that gets squished into the legs is neglible. I don't take it into account when calculating the serving sizes.

Annabakescakes Posted 15 May 2011 , 5:35pm
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I just used the SPS for the first time this weekend and it went very smoothly. No damage, and very tiny bead border. I used plates 1 inch smaller than the cake, because that is all they had!

KimmW Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 8:44pm
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I'm a newbie, so I appreciate your patience with my question.

How do I know how many pillars to use for each cake size?

Thanks,
Kimm

CWR41 Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 9:26pm
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Originally Posted by KimmW

How do I know how many pillars to use for each cake size?




Four:
https://www.bakerycrafts.com/ItemSearchResults.aspx?SrchStr=sps

KimmW Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 9:48pm
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CWR41,
That takes me to a page with the list of plates only. What am I missing?

Kimm

CWR41 Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 9:51pm
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Originally Posted by KimmW

CWR41,
That takes me to a page with the list of plates only. What am I missing?

Kimm




They are photos showing that four pillars attach to all plate sizes.

debbief Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 9:52pm
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Originally Posted by cfao

All of my cakes use the sps system, it's fantastic. I buy the sps plates from Bakery Crafts, however I don't use their support pillars. They are very hard and as Loriemoms, said you need a saw to cut them. The wilton white plastic dowels that come 4 to a pack actually fit the plates perfectly and cut easily.




Thank you cfao, I LOVE this idea. I've only used sps once on a large wedding cake, but I hated cutting the pillars. I've used the wilton plastic dowels before (with regular cake circles) and they are definately easier to cut. If they fit sps snug, that's perfect!

Apti Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 10:10pm
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I've only used SPS once for a practice cake. (Haven't done any stacked cakes since this first use.)

Here's a photo of my practice cake before I added any decorations. If you look carefully [click on the photo and it should expand], you can see the cardboard cake circle and the plastic SPS plate since I haven't added any borders.
LL

Wildgirl Posted 14 Apr 2012 , 3:03am
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My first and only tiered cake (3 tiers) had the sps supporting it. After reading the horror stories of how the wooden dowels slipped and the cakes collapsed, I had to get it - and I felt very secure with it! I'm now looking at getting the square plates for another upcoming cake.

KimmW Posted 14 Apr 2012 , 7:21pm
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Wildgirl,

I saw on another thread about SMS that you can use the round plates with square cakes; just cut your cake boards square.

HTH,
Kimm

Wildgirl Posted 14 Apr 2012 , 7:36pm
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Kimm - thank you so much for saying that! I forgot about the cake board - that makes perfect sense that you could use the round as long as you had square boards. thumbs_up.gif

rosa369 Posted 14 Apr 2012 , 7:54pm
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My question with using the SPS support system its that you can't insert a dowel through the tiers because of the plates, right? How do anybody transport a cake withough a center dowel? Please let me know.

Wildgirl Posted 14 Apr 2012 , 8:22pm
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That center dowel is to keep the cakes from sliding off each other? Tht can't really happen with the sps - on each plate there is a tab that sticks up - you must put a small hole in the cake board before you set the cake on it. This keeps the layers from sliding around. Plus, the pillars lock into the plates so there's no way they could slip and cause the plates/boards to slide anyway. I still drove like 10 mi/hour with a 3-tiered sps cake, but I didn't have to be that paranoid - it wasn't going to move!

Apti Posted 14 Apr 2012 , 9:49pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rosa369

My question with using the SPS support system its that you can't insert a dowel through the tiers because of the plates, right? How do anybody transport a cake withough a center dowel? Please let me know.




rosa369~~I drove 25 miles to deliver the cake in the photo above (after I finished decorating, of course!). I just put it on the floor of my van with some non-slip rubberized shelf paper on the floor, and drove carefully. It didn't budge an inch.

KimmW~~I hadn't seen this tip: you can use the round plates with square cakes; just cut your cake boards square. Thanks for sharing.

leah_s Posted 30 Oct 2012 , 7:57pm
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Interesting to see this old thread pop up again.

Things to remember:  SPS plates come in round, square and heart shapes.

 

SPS legs come PRE-CUT is 4", 5", 7" and 9".  The 5", 7" and 9" are in the multi-piece leg set.  There is also a 9" leg.

 

Yes, you can always use a round SPS plate under a square or hex and I even used a round under an oval cake once.  Just use a cardboard of the correct shape.

 

No, absolutely you can not use, nor do you need a center dowel with SPS.  And I will say it again and again, the center dowel is false security.  If you cake really slides sideways on the bottom plate, the center dowel will stay impaled in that board and tear right through your cake. 

 

When customers pick up their three tier cakes from me (the ones who don't want to pay for delivery or are outside my delivery area) I life up one side of the cake, tilting it at about 30 degrees.  First they almost have a heart attack, then they realize that's it sturdy and they are not going to have any trouble with transport.

ttaunt Posted 5 Jul 2013 , 5:21pm
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Using the rack that comes out of the big electric turkey roaster,allows you to lift your cake out of a laundry basket as easy as lifting your turkey out of the roaster. It has these handles that fold to the side out of the way.

ttaunt Posted 5 Jul 2013 , 5:42pm
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I think I would use an apple corer to remove part of the cake before pushing in the legs. I think it would put less inner pressure on the inside of the cake.

Norasmom Posted 5 Jul 2013 , 7:44pm
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ASps now makes EZ cut pillars! Woot woot!

ttaunt Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 2:52am
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Fat Daddio's Professional Cake Leveler, 20 inchfat daddio cake leveler,does anyone know if its any good,cheaper than egbay

OhForCakesSake Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 3:01am
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AHI everyone! Can you tell me if I can use the SPS system WITHOUT boarder on each tier? It sounds like some of you may have used it with each plate being 1" smaller than the tier, does that completely hide the plate? Is there still a gap?? Thanks in advance!

Baking Me Crazy Posted 4 Apr 2014 , 4:47pm
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I am thinking about purchasing the SPS system for an upcoming cake.

 

I recently did a 3 tier (8,10 & 12 inch) and only used plastic dowels to hold the top tiers and a center dowel.. the delivery was only 15 minutes away and I was terrified.. did not seem sturdy enough! So the wedding cake i have coming is the same size and i need to make sure this one is super sturdy since its a 30 minute drive.. 

 

Quesion, has anyone used royal icing in between the cake board and the sps plate to make it sturdier? Not sure if its needed but thinking its an extra assurance.

 

Thank you!

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