Hi, This weekend will be the first time that I will be using SPS and Im a little nervous. Are there any tips or advice that can be given for a first timer? Also, do you have to put a dowel down the middle? That makes me REALLY nervous.
Yes. Go the How Do I forum, find the sticky called SPS instructions. A wealth of info and probably every question you would ever have can be found there.
The first time I used SPS I forgot to put a dab of icing on the plate before I placed the actual cake (on a cake board on it) . Don't forget this step otherwise they want to spin a little.
Definately read the instructions Jaime mentioned.