I am kinda new to all of this and need some much needed advice on how to stack a 5 tier cake. The tiers will strawberry(14") Chocolate(12") Yellow(10") and white (8"and 6") I am extremely nervous about assembling this cake. The frosting will be Buttercream. I am adding gumpaste butterflies about 1"x1" throughout and 1 1/2" Ribbon to the bottom of each tier. ANY ADVICE on how to go about this??????
SPS! I've done several 5 tier cakes and they are done the same way as a 2 tier or 3 tier. I get SPS is 6", 8", 10, and 12". Yes, I have stacked and delivered 5 tier cakes this summer in 100 heat and 99% humidity using SPS.
It's no different than any other cake, it just takes time and patience.
I think you will be fine-remember when making large cakes small cakes coming together as one -the same support for cakes you've done in the past add more for larger tiers. Keep an electric pencil shapener or hand sharpener near for dowel rods.
the small pvc pipe works wonderful for large tiers
Happy Baking and decorating,
I agree .... for that peace of mind go with SPS.
Deep breath and don't be nervous. from someone who will be doing her first 5 tier in 3 weeks.... I know how you feel.
Thank You for the support..I have never use SPS but I have heard wonders...Unfortunetly The cake is due in 2 days and they don't have it at my local Michaels I have plastic dowels and small wooden dowels....I am hoping this will work
What is SPS? Thanks
Make sure to also get a long dowel to go all the way thru the center to hold the entire cake together and prevent tip-overs. You can even do more than one for piece of mind. Also, don't forget about the grease issue if using fabric ribbon on the buttercream. Just make sure to allot yourself more than enough time just in case you have any hiccups in the process, and you can avoid undue stress. I have still have not learned that lesson....
I have never used a long dowel before. Does it go thtough the cake boards easily? Also I was told to use 2-4 cardboard cake boards, glue then together and use that for each tier...That makes me worried about them going through without bending the boards.
the cakes will be sitting on top of each other before you use the center dowel so the boards will not bend. Just make sure you sharpen the end. There is an article on this site.... teired /stacked cake construction ..... it might help you.
good luck! the thought of that makes me nervous. I do it all the time, but each time, I am nervous Next time plan ahead- SPS is the best!
I think the suggestion about putting 2-4 boards and glue them together is for the bottom board not for between tiers. I normally use 1 board and the center dowel go through fine. You just have to sharpen it. I used a pencil sharpener to do the job. Good Luck.
I don't know if this is an issue for you but for my bottom board I use 1/2-inch foam board and cover it with whatever looks nice. I use the sps system also and use part of the collars that come with the columns as "feet" for the bottom cake board. It is hard to pick up a cake if you can't get your fingers beneath it! I just glue them on with hot glue gun. I do agree with the sps being the best for tiered cakes and peace of mind!
I love the stress free cake supports, the legs adjust and I recently had a customer accidently throw away one of the supports. Got on line and ordered it on Mon and got it in the mail on wednesday. Love them. I use foam core for the cakes between tiers and plywood for the bottom. The dowel rod will go right through the foamcore.
Thank you for all the fab advice....I would be lost without this site Wish me luck....ITS DUE TOMORROW....EEEK! For future refference....Where is the best place to order the SPS?
Never used the sps but GOOD LUCK for tomorrow!!!!!!
anyone have trouble getting sps level? When i use it, i always seem to have to keep pressing is some areas on the plastic downward and my cake is not level? i do use a level before putting the sps on..so any ideas??
I don't know where everyone else gets their sps but I get mine from oasis supply. www.oasissupply.com. They seem to be quite affordable and the delivery was fast. If anyone knows of a better place, please let me know too!!!
OK ladies here it is...It went better than I thought it would but it could obviously be a little more level. The bride was happy with it so that was a bonus. This is my first EVER tier cake! Any advice to make it better next time?
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