sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 7:20am
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Looking for to buy a system to help me travel with a cake without any issues. Please share your experience with either the cakesafe or cake stacker system.

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sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 5:08pm
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I have done my research but wanted to hear from people who own the cake safe or cake stackers. I love that the cake safe protects the cake from the elements, but the cake stacker system is cheaper and seems like you can do more with it.

Narie Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 5:27pm
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http://www.stressfreecakes.com/public/

Here is another system that supposed to be very good. (I've never bought one of the systems- but the stress free is the one I seriously considered.) Just what you needed -a third choice! icon_smile.gif

jenmat Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 6:09pm
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I use my stress free supports with my cakesafes.
Cakesafe is the only reason I am still making wedding cakes. It has taken all the stress and worry out of deliveries. All the cakes arrive in mint condition, and deliveries take me less than 15 minutes from arrival through photos. We live 30 minutes from any venue, over really bumpy country roads. We have NEVER had a problem since using our cakesafes.

Not only is it great on the cake, but I can't tell you how many venue managers get excited when they see us coming. Last weekend a manager says, "Oh, THERE is my favorite cake person! And she's got her fancy box! I always know the cake is going to look great when you show up with that box!" It has truly maximized my reputation as the baker who will deliver a cake that a venue doesn't have to worry about. (and it looks SOOOOO much more sanitary than delivering a cake straight from the back of a minivan!!!)

My stress free supports are another reason my weddings cakes look so good. I can level the supports before they go into the cake. That way, even if the icing is a little off, the cake ends up level. And there are only 4 little holes going into my cakes, no matter what the size, and NO cutting supports! TOTALLY worth the $$.

Both these are godsends, and no I'm not being paid to endorse either!

luv2bake4u Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 6:24pm
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Hi JenMat,
Do you also use the plastic circles that come with the stress free cake supports or do you use foamcore? I have the stress free cake supports and am trying to decide if I should buy the plastic circles. Tnx

jenmat Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 6:28pm
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Hi Luv2bake4u,
I use regular old cardboard circles- I tape 3 together for each tier. Foamcore sometimes on the bottom tier if its really large, or even a wood hardboard under that for really big cakes, or fondant cakes, where the legs could cause dents in the foamcore.
For me the acrylic plates would have to be drilled through to use the Cakesafe, and then lined up accurately. Too. much. work.
HTH!

luv2bake4u Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 6:46pm
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Ok,tnx. yeah,,i was wondering about the hole in the middle and if it would be more fooling around

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 6:56pm
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Thank so much jenmat for all of your advice!!! I have fallen love with cafe, but I would love more opinions/ reviews on the cake stacker system. And you're right Norie I didn't need a third option.

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 8:35pm
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Cake stacker people where are you?

imagenthatnj Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 9:00pm

I think you'll find more Stress Free users than Cake Stackers. For the longest time I haven't heard of anyone using them.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-725831-next.html&sid=fa9bc7fa7e3304961f6e3ded46cc6035

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=6701123&sid=91f452e2f8298b2cf81e5d28b63c9ac9

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-252441-.html&sid=fe658eab6f059b1639fdbd1838238812

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=667409&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0

crystal18_corpus Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 9:14pm

I have the cake stackers system the 10 8 and 6 for both round and square and I love it. My stack cakes are level centered and I deliver my cakes stacked ready to go now stacked cakes are a breeze ... I know you will love it

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 10:29pm

Thanks for the responses! Its crazy I want both of them but only can afford one. Can I have the box from the cake safe and cake stackers set?

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 10:56pm
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I have the cake stackers system the 10 8 and 6 for both round and square and I love it. My stack cakes are level centered and I deliver my cakes stacked ready to go now stacked cakes are a breeze ... I know you will love it




How do we use dummies to suspend cakes like this one?

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2105184

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 10:57pm
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Originally Posted by crystal18_corpus

I have the cake stackers system the 10 8 and 6 for both round and square and I love it. My stack cakes are level centered and I deliver my cakes stacked ready to go now stacked cakes are a breeze ... I know you will love it



How do we use dummies to suspend cakes like this one?

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2105184


With using the cake stacker system?

lilmissbakesalot Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 11:13pm

I personally think they are both a waste of money, but that's me. If I were to consider either it'd be the cake safe though. The cake stackers system is too much $$$ to have to trust others with. If you didn't get it back... ugh.. and you'd have to charge a deposit on it and have multiple sets. People have a hard enough time paying for cakes... nevermind the $$$ dollar security deposit.

lilmissbakesalot Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 11:15pm

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The problem I have with the cake safe is that there is a rod through the cake. There are some times (more often than not for me) that you don't want to have a hole in the top of your cake.

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 11:20pm

That's a great point!

sberryp Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 11:22pm

The first statement, not the last. I don't think the hole is a big deal.

imagenthatnj Posted 25 Sep 2011 , 11:56pm
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The problem I have with the cake safe is that there is a rod through the cake. There are some times (more often than not for me) that you don't want to have a hole in the top of your cake.




I've seen your amazing cakes, and that's how I know that the rod through the cake would mess up their perfectly clean look, especially the tops, 9 times out of 10.

Lots of other people will always have something to put on top of them, I guess. I figure with the cake safe you'll have to either fix the top at the venue, or have a topper that needs to go right in the center.

inspiredbymom Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 3:46am

I have a cakestacker. I love it. Yes, there are many small pieces that we have to keep track of, but I get a large deposit (my DH makes a list of what was used and what it would cost to replace = deposit) The cakestacker not only levels the cake, but keeps it in place too because of the center rod. I like the idea of the cake safe to keep out the elements, but I don't like the hole in the top. Some of the cakes we do are smooth on top. I have to say, the only thing that I don't like about the cakestacker system is the base plates. I don't like the tab on it. We (I mean DH) cover it with another base with a hole in it to cover it up and make the base thicker for ribbons. On another crazy note, you can use the stacker as a cupcake stand and a turntable.....I can even do upside down cakes with it if I get crazy. We did an ice-cream cone with it as well. The entire thing was cake (even the cone!) HTH!

jenmat Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 5:12pm
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hit submit too soon...

The problem I have with the cake safe is that there is a rod through the cake. There are some times (more often than not for me) that you don't want to have a hole in the top of your cake.



I've seen your amazing cakes, and that's how I know that the rod through the cake would mess up their perfectly clean look, especially the tops, 9 times out of 10.

Lots of other people will always have something to put on top of them, I guess. I figure with the cake safe you'll have to either fix the top at the venue, or have a topper that needs to go right in the center.




You're right, there is a hole on top. I am pretty good at repairing the hole, or of course many cakes have toppers, flowers, or monograms. A lot of my cakes lately have been "no-topper" cakes, and I just smooth over the hole when I set up the cake, with either matching buttercream, or fondant with a tad of matching royal icing.
In addition, there have been times I was worried about my top tier having the hole and I just bring the top tier along and put it on at the venue.

There are downsides to everything, like cake stackers having so many pieces, or cakesafes having the hole in the top, or stress free supports being pricey. But for me I just had to weigh the benefits against the downsides and make a decision based on what seemed to make the most sense.

And, my hubby helps deliver all the cakes and after seeing the cakesafe website, he BEGGED me to get one. Now I have 2 and he's been begging me to get a third. icon_smile.gif

sberryp Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 6:48pm
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I have a cakestacker. I love it. Yes, there are many small pieces that we have to keep track of, but I get a large deposit (my DH makes a list of what was used and what it would cost to replace = deposit) The cakestacker not only levels the cake, but keeps it in place too because of the center rod. I like the idea of the cake safe to keep out the elements, but I don't like the hole in the top. Some of the cakes we do are smooth on top. I have to say, the only thing that I don't like about the cakestacker system is the base plates. I don't like the tab on it. We (I mean DH) cover it with another base with a hole in it to cover it up and make the base thicker for ribbons. On another crazy note, you can use the stacker as a cupcake stand and a turntable.....I can even do upside down cakes with it if I get crazy. We did an ice-cream cone with it as well. The entire thing was cake (even the cone!) HTH!





Thank you so much for sharing so much about the cake stacker system. It seems so cool and I keep going back and forth about which one I want to get. I have a question for you inspiredbymom, which buttercream reciepe do you use? Its so smooth.

inspiredbymom Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 8:17pm

sberryp, I use Sharon Zambito's (sugarshack) recipe. It is AMAZING! I love to work with it because it does smooth easy and it tastes great! I use butter and vanilla flavorings in mine and have had wonderful results! It is also easy to work with because it stays "workable" for a longer length of time than the others that I have used. Sharon's DVD's have been invaluable to me as well as Jennifer Dontz's. The two of them combined plus all of the help from other CC'ers has made my little cake hobby very busy!

sberryp Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 8:42pm

It's funny I am was going to try sugarshack recipe for this cake. Do you change the flavors by changing the coffe cream? I was thinking of buying that dvd the art of buttercream. I have seen her clips on youtobe. Thanks for sharing!

inspiredbymom Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 9:24pm

I use the regular coffee mate. You can change flavors by changing the flavoring (Sharon uses a different flavor in hers than what I do) or you can use the other creamer flavors but I'm not sure how that will affect coloring if you are trying to achieve white. I have the buttercream dvd and she goes into how to smooth circle and square cakes. It has been a worthwhile investment for me. Not to mention, she is top notch when it comes to answering questions. She is very knowledgeable and nice. Always willing to help. Of course her sense of humor is great too! I love her Blog! HTH!

inspiredbymom Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 9:24pm

I use the regular coffee mate. You can change flavors by changing the flavoring (Sharon uses a different flavor in hers than what I do) or you can use the other creamer flavors but I'm not sure how that will affect coloring if you are trying to achieve white. I have the buttercream dvd and she goes into how to smooth circle and square cakes. It has been a worthwhile investment for me. Not to mention, she is top notch when it comes to answering questions. She is very knowledgeable and nice. Always willing to help. Of course her sense of humor is great too! I love her Blog! HTH!

sberryp Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 10:29pm

Do you use sweetex shortening? Can you please share her blog

inspiredbymom Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 10:55pm

Yes, I do use the sweetex. I had a choice of another brand of high-ratio that was cheaper and I asked her opinion. She said that if I had sweetex available get it. I never looked back. It just works better and tastes better than the other brand that I had tried. It also out performed and tasted WAY better than regular shortening. I can not get it locally, but I have it shipped in. It is worth every penny to me. Oh, and her blogspot is http://sugaredblog.blogspot.com. She send out an e-newsletter that has great tips and info on her latest dvd's and sales.

sberryp Posted 26 Sep 2011 , 11:37pm

Thank you so much for sharing that information!!!!

inspiredbymom Posted 27 Sep 2011 , 12:33am

No problem. I have learned so much from others here, so I am glad to return a favor when I can! If you make your decision, please let us know!

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