Giant Spatula Anyone?

Decorating By CarolAnn Updated 22 Oct 2009 , 12:19am by cylstrial

CarolAnn Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 4:52am
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I recently saw a giant spatula alongside a cake in someone's pics. I assumed it was used to move/remove the top tier on that cake. This right after I'd decided that I needed something similar to aide in transferring cakes and layers etc. I'm looking at the giant spatula on the King Arthur Flour website. It's an 8" square with an easy grip handle. Anyone have this to tell me whether it's a good tool for this? It's not an expensive item and I'd find more uses for it, but I have a wedding cake coming up next month and thought it might order one to check it out. Thought it'd be more stable than the double spatula act. Anyone familiar with this? What do you use?

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kickasscakes Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 5:12am
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I found a larger than normal one at the dollar store the other day. It feels pretty sturdy.... so i think it will be helpful. If anything, I think that the metal flat part should be thin enough, so that when you slide it under it doesn't much up the bottom side of the cake.

grandmom Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 8:49am
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That is a Wilton product. I have two of them and love them. However, I don't use them to transfer decorated tiers. I use them to transfer cake layers from the cooling rack, or to separate torted layers, and the like.

I think they would be sturdy enough to transfer small tiers, but maybe not large heavy tiers. The problem I see with using this item for transferring tiers is there doesn't seem to be enough offset on the handle to keep your hands off the receiving tier. Someone else may jump in here and say it works fine.

BTW, since it's a Wilton product, you may be able to find the item locally. I've seen it at WalMart, Joanns and Michaels, and for less than KAF sells it.

As suggested by Sugarshack Sharon, I use this very heavy duty spatula for moving and placing heavy tiers:

http://cgi.ebay.com/DEXTER-RUSSELL-16281-5in-x-4in-hamburger-turner_W0QQitemZ200312451090QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2ea38d7012

jillangel Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 2:40pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by grandmom

That is a Wilton product. I have two of them and love them. However, I don't use them to transfer decorated tiers. I use them to transfer cake layers from the cooling rack, or to separate torted layers, and the like.

I think they would be sturdy enough to transfer small tiers, but maybe not large heavy tiers. The problem I see with using this item for transferring tiers is there doesn't seem to be enough offset on the handle to keep your hands off the receiving tier. Someone else may jump in here and say it works fine.

BTW, since it's a Wilton product, you may be able to find the item locally. I've seen it at WalMart, Joanns and Michaels, and for less than KAF sells it.

As suggested by Sugarshack Sharon, I use this very heavy duty spatula for moving and placing heavy tiers:

http://cgi.ebay.com/DEXTER-RUSSELL-16281-5in-x-4in-hamburger-turner_W0QQitemZ200312451090QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2ea38d7012



I was going to say the same thing. Go to your craft store and get it with a 50% coupon. It is definitely worth the money. I use mine for transferring smaller layers. For large sheet cake layers and such I use a flat cookie sheet to transfer. Thanks for alerting me to that King Arthur website though. I'll be checking out all the gadgets they have!

CarolAnn Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 9:18pm
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Since I don't do a lot of wedding/tiered cakes I'm not too concerned with having to move heavy cakes as many of you deal with. I'm thinking more along the lines of making it a little easier to disassemble stacked cakes and transferring torted layers for icing. The big hefty conventional type spatula looks good. The one I have looked at was more the bench scraper type. I use a cookie sheet to lift/transfer torted layers now. I'd need to find a thin cookie sheet that will work better for that than the thick insulated ones I have now. I can't afford $27 for one spatula, so I'll keep looking. Our Wal Mart has very little cake stuff anymore. I may get up to Michael's or HL in the next week. Thanks for the input!!

Texas_Rose Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 9:37pm
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I just use the bench scraper to disassemble stacked cakes...slide it under the tier and lift enough to get your fingers underneath...but then again I always use fondant and it's not as hard to get the tiers apart.

CarolAnn Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 9:55pm
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I just remembered that I have the large spatula from Pampered Chef. It's very hefty and just cost's like $8.50.

cylstrial Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 12:19am
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Originally Posted by jillangel

Quote:
Originally Posted by grandmom

That is a Wilton product. I have two of them and love them. However, I don't use them to transfer decorated tiers. I use them to transfer cake layers from the cooling rack, or to separate torted layers, and the like.

I think they would be sturdy enough to transfer small tiers, but maybe not large heavy tiers. The problem I see with using this item for transferring tiers is there doesn't seem to be enough offset on the handle to keep your hands off the receiving tier. Someone else may jump in here and say it works fine.

BTW, since it's a Wilton product, you may be able to find the item locally. I've seen it at WalMart, Joanns and Michaels, and for less than KAF sells it.

As suggested by Sugarshack Sharon, I use this very heavy duty spatula for moving and placing heavy tiers:

http://cgi.ebay.com/DEXTER-RUSSELL-16281-5in-x-4in-hamburger-turner_W0QQitemZ200312451090QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2ea38d7012


I was going to say the same thing. Go to your craft store and get it with a 50% coupon. It is definitely worth the money. I use mine for transferring smaller layers. For large sheet cake layers and such I use a flat cookie sheet to transfer. Thanks for alerting me to that King Arthur website though. I'll be checking out all the gadgets they have!




Same here! I transferred an entire tier once. It kinda of ripped the fondant a little bit.

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