Traci9130 Posted 7 Mar 2012 , 4:50pm
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Hi. One of my best friends is getting married in July and she wants me to do her wedding cake for about 200 people. While I have done cakes for family parties and my own children's birthdays and stuff, I am terrified to do her cake, as this is for her wedding! One of my biggest fears is transporting the cake and I read something about these single plate systems. How do they work and is this something that I should look to invest in? She wants daisies cascading, diagnally down the front, or a variation thereof. She is willing to work with me if need be. I should also note that I am a little over an hour from the reception site.

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karateka Posted 7 Mar 2012 , 5:13pm
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SPS is definitely the way to go. I use them exclusively now. You can buy them direct from Bakery Crafts. Your first order needs to be placed over the phone, but it is easy to do, just get the phone number from their website, and give them a call. You can pull up the items you want to purchase so you have the item numbers handy.

Leah made a sticky note in the forums on how to use them. They are disposable, so you don't have to collect a deposit to get them back.

TinkerCakes Posted 7 Mar 2012 , 5:23pm
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So strange reading your post...I am in the exact same boat! I have a wedding cake to do in May...first one. It will be a 4 tier cake with cascading cherry blossoms. I am soooo scared....because it's a wedding cake! I am going to get the SPS with out a doubt!!!!! It's not that expensive and from what everyone says it does the job.I plan on ordering the SPS in the next few days so I can practice with it. I did a (small 2 tier) practice version because I wanted to see if the blossoms would stay on the cake with buttercream since wire in cakes is a big no-no! It worked fine. How are you attaching your daisies? I think I have decided this will be my first and last wedding cake....I have had so many sleepless nights thinking about this cake, I don't know how people make them every weekend! Best of luck to you. PM me if you have any questions or if you have any good info to share with me!!!

Traci9130 Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 2:02am
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Karateka thank you SO much, I will def check out That site!

Jason-Lisa, it is scary, isn't it???? I mean it's her wedding cake! Usually for my flowers I've used toothpicks or in the case of my Dasies, I will probably use piping gel and "glue" them into the fondant...I am def curious to see how the plates work! I will PM you on a couple of weeks to find out icon_smile.gif. I'd also love to see a pic of the finished project!

icer101 Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 2:19am
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This is the thread that Leah_s posted. hth

auntginn Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 2:35am
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Ok, please excuse my ignorance, but can you tell me what the SPS is? I understand what the letters stand for but have not heard of it before. Duh....

CWR41 Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 2:52am
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Ok, please excuse my ignorance, but can you tell me what the SPS is? I understand what the letters stand for but have not heard of it before. Duh....




Bakery Craft Single Plate Separators:
https://www.bakerycrafts.com/ItemSearchResults.aspx?SrchStr=sps

Coast Single Plate Separators:
http://cakedeco.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=47490&p_catid=&page=1

Wilton Hidden Pillars:
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E3119F0-475A-BAC0-5772682F766C019C&killnav=1

Bridgette1129 Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 4:24am
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Originally Posted by karateka

SPS is definitely the way to go. I use them exclusively now. You can buy them direct from Bakery Crafts. Your first order needs to be placed over the phone, but it is easy to do, just get the phone number from their website, and give them a call. You can pull up the items you want to purchase so you have the item numbers handy.

Leah made a sticky note in the forums on how to use them. They are disposable, so you don't have to collect a deposit to get them back.




How much do they cost? I want to call bakery crafts to order but I'd like to have a general idea of the cost and/or shipping.

bandcbakes Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 4:41am
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I also only use the SPS system. The cheapest place that I have found in jester's cake supply online.
I transported a 5 tier cake using this system.I have just calculated the cost of the system into my cake prices. Sharon

auntginn Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 5:55am

CWR41... well duh, I do know what those are. We just called them hidden dowels or hidden columns back a bit. Thank you for enlightening me, rofl..

Bridgette1129 Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 6:51am
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Originally Posted by bandcbakes

I also only use the SPS system. The cheapest place that I have found in jester's cake supply online.
I transported a 5 tier cake using this system.I have just calculated the cost of the system into my cake prices. Sharon




Thank you! Just ordered some from Jesters!

karateka Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 11:43am

They run from $1.55 for a 6inch plate up to $5-6 for 18 inch plates. THe 4 inch legs are $4.80 for a pack of 12. Don't know what shipping is.

leah_s Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 1:42pm

Just for the record, SPS is the *brand name* of the BakeryCrafts system.

*Hidden dowels* is, I believe the brand name of the Wilton product.

They are not the same. They are not interchangeable and in my opinion, do not perform the same.

I have not used the Coast (brand name) system, so can make no claims about it.

SPS is FABulous!

agconner Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 1:53pm

Has anyone used the 9 inch scored columns for sps and cut them. I am guessing they are scored to make cutting easier. Just wounding because my tiers are closer to 5 inches so the 4 inch would not work. I really need something other then these wooden dowels they make me so nervous. Thanks

auntginn Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 5:41pm

agcomer, I've been using the wooden dowels for sometime now and have loved it better than all those plastic things. I have no complaints from customers and it keeps cost down for me.

karateka Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 9:23pm
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Originally Posted by agconner

Has anyone used the 9 inch scored columns for sps and cut them. I am guessing they are scored to make cutting easier. Just wounding because my tiers are closer to 5 inches so the 4 inch would not work. I really need something other then these wooden dowels they make me so nervous. Thanks




Yes...they work just the same as the 4 inch ones. I generally cut them on my DH's band saw he has set up in the basement. Then sterilize and use as usual.

kathie-d Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 9:50pm
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Originally Posted by agconner

Has anyone used the 9 inch scored columns for sps and cut them. I am guessing they are scored to make cutting easier. Just wounding because my tiers are closer to 5 inches so the 4 inch would not work. I really need something other then these wooden dowels they make me so nervous. Thanks




Bakery Craft also carries a multi piece column set. It includes 2" and 5" columns which you can piece together. With this you can use them for 2", 4", 5" 7" or 9" tiers without having to cut a thing.

bandcbakes Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 11:23pm

Yes, I cut down the 9" scored supports when I get my cakes too tall. I use my husband's band saw, works like a charm!! Sharon

agconner Posted 9 Mar 2012 , 5:25am

I have always used wooden dowels as well but the last wedding cake I did made me really nervous the whole 45 min ride so I was looking for something a little stronger. I have to travel at least 30 mins with most of my cakes so I really need great support.

bandcbakes Posted 9 Mar 2012 , 6:52am

I transported a wedding cake for about 70 miles using the sps system that I bought from jesters cake supply online and I transported a 5 tier cake for about 10 miles with no problem. I love the sps, I use it on all my tiered cakes and just increased my prices to include them. Good Luck Sharon

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