Panicking a bit here. After my fiasco last night when I went to a local cake store that had claimed to have SPS when I called them on Monday, just to find out they did not when I got there, I am in need of some help and advice fast. I went to Bakery Crafts' site, but apparently you have to be a business to buy from them? I saw no way for the average person to order anything, not to mention I couldn't even find SPS materials in their product listing categories. And when I searched I only got pictures of a few round white plates and the Grecian pillars. I tried Oasis and Global like Leah mentions in her signature, but still they just have the Grecian pillar, not the EZcut ones that Bakery Crafts is supposed to offer, which was what I wanted... (http://www.bakerycrafts.com/DynamicContent/OtherPages/EZCUT/Bakery%20Crafts%20SPSSystem.pdf) I keep searching but I can't find the EZcut anywhere. And, of course, I need somewhere that can ship - fast!
And one of the reasons I was hoping to get it at a store was because I wanted to make sure I got everything I needed and was hoping for onsite advice. No such luck of course. So, is there a special type cardboard round I should get, or will any one work? I'm making a round 14/12/10/8, so I need a 12, 10, and 8 SPS plate and a package of pillars. What else? Feeling so overwhelmed thinking about this cake...haha! :)
AI've read somewhere that Wilton pillars will fit the SPS plates and they are easy to cut.
I just don't trust my skill at making a cake exactly 4" tall with icing and filling and all that. I was wanting to allow myself a bit of flexibility just in case.
AHere's the sps system..You would still need cardboard rounds . I don't know all what you need to buy for the system I've never used it.
I get mine from Oasis, and I'd send you some, but I just ran out of pillars.
Oasis can ship overnight if you CALL your order in and talk to customer service.
I've recently started using a pvc pipe cutter to trim my pillars and it works great. HOWEVER, you can make a 4 inch tier! You just have to measure as you start building it. Put the first layer down, add your filling, measure. Put your second layer down, measure and add the right amount of filling to get you to the 1/3 mark. put on your top, level and measure. Frost your top. This is much faster and easier than trying to fix the height and level after you've already frosted and filled.
good luck jen
fyi, I bake 1 inch layers with 1/3 inch of frosting/filling.
AI get mine from pfiel & holing
The first SPS I bought were GC9's because that is all my local cake supplier carries. I used a hacksaw to cut them. I tried the PVC cutter but they cracked. Not the easiest thing and time consuming, but not terrible. I kept one of them to use as a guide when stacking my cakes, but I'm sure you could use anything. I marked the SPS column with a permanent marker at the correct height for each section of cake so that I always end up with about 4 to 4.2 inches of height. Works like a charm.
Don't have a panic attack. You can stack the cake using other methods. SPS is nice but I have used straws and dowels with success and I'm still fairly new to cake decorating.
I have been having a fun time trying to get SPS in Canada. I run a business and still struggle to get the supplies I want/need. The closest supplier to me is 4 hours away and they only carry the multi piece pillars not the 4" pillars. The girl told me I could just use the extra length pieces as their own pillars but they don't lock into the plate like the Grecian pillars do. ugh I ordered 10 8" round plates and 10 6" round plates and what showed up on my door step today was only 2 6" plates.... wtf?!? why couldn't they tell me they only had 2. I could order from GSA but then I pay an arm and a leg in brokerage fees and duty. Sometimes being in Canada really blows! well that's my vent for tonight. I need a friend in the US who can order me the goods and ship them across the border as a "gift"... too bad it would be big trouble if I got caught...lol