kellyk1234 Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 7:38pm
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Just a few questions!! My original plan was to make a 10" and 6" tiered cake for my sisters engagement party, but I think there will be at least 50-60 people. Will this be enough? Or should I do 10 and 8, OR what about 10, 8 and 6 just to be safe? I plan on making them at least 4" high each(maybe even taller) I've never made a tiered cake before and am more then a little nervous, especially because I have to transport it 2 hours away from my house. I plan on using the SPS system since I've heard its very sturdy, BUT I will most likely be transporting it in my small Mazda 3. Will this work if someone is in the passenger seat holding it the whole time? I don't think putting it in the trunk is a good idea, and there's really no floor space to sit it flat on the floor. Appreciate any advice!

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BatterUpCake Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 7:53pm
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This will tell you how many servings there are in a 2 layer (4") cake.

CakeRae80 Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 8:16pm
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I wouldn't trust anyone holding a tiered cake.  When you hold stuff it still tends to lean and not be straight. Do your back seats fold down?  If so, I would do that.  I have those spongy non-slip mats that I get at the store to always put under my cakes to ensure the box doesn't slip on the carpet of the car. Also, will this be buttercream?  driving 2 hours away with that you will have to make sure the air is cranking so it doesn't melt.
 

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 8:17pm
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This will tell you how many servings there are in a 2 layer (4") cake.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

kellyk1234 Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 11:28pm
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Its going to be covered in MMF with white chocolate ganache underneath. I guess I should stick to making it just 2 tiers. What if I assembled it when I get there because it's going to be at a family members house, so it won't be a big deal to do that, except I plan on making a fondant border using a silicone rope mold. If I make the border ahead of time, can I still apply it easily (will it still be soft enough?) 

kellyk1234 Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 11:32pm
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oh and my back seats do fold down, but not flat. Just to access the trunk

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 11:54pm
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I would try to borrow a SUV. That would scare the pee out of me trying to deliver that in a car

mcaulir Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 11:56pm
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I've sent tiered cakes off on people laps all the time. I've transported three tiers on DH's lap a couple of times. It's fine. Just let them know to try to keep it flat.

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:11am
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There's no way to get a SUV or van. I could always hold it in my lap while my boyfriend drives but I don't trust his lead foot! HA! Has anyone applied a pre-made fondant border once getting to the location and assembling it there?

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:15am

I would be really afraid it would dry out. Cal you roll and cut it on site?

darkchocolate Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:26am

What if she rolled the border out and gently wrapped it in Saran/Cling Wrap and stored it in a big air tight container?

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:26am

I'm sure i could if i get there early enough. What about loosely wrapping it in saran wrap? 

darkchocolate Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:28am
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I'm sure i could if i get there early enough. What about loosely wrapping it in saran wrap? 

We posted at the same time. lol

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:28am
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What if she rolled the border out and gently wrapped it in Saran/Cling Wrap and stored it in a big air tight container?

Yes! thats what I was thinking! Have you tried it?

darkchocolate Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:34am
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Yes! thats what I was thinking! Have you tried it?

I just put my MMF decorations in an air tight container, like a Tupperware container.  The only thing, is that I didn't need it to be flexible.  As long as you don't add anything to make it hard, it should remain flexible.  Do you have time to put a "practice" piece in a container and see how it feels in a few days or a week or so?

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:42am

Yes, I have plenty of time! About 1 1/2 months, I know its WAY early but I'm just nervous and want the cake to be perfect. I will be making almost an entire practice cake soon, so getting all the advice I can now instead of waiting until the last min. and freak out if something goes wrong.

darkchocolate Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:54am
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I plan on using the SPS system since I've heard its very sturdy, BUT I will most likely be transporting it in my small Mazda 3. Will this work if someone is in the passenger seat holding it the whole time? I don't think putting it in the trunk is a good idea, and there's really no floor space to sit it flat on the floor. Appreciate any advice!

I used the SPS system for the first time yesterday.  I loved it!  I only made one mistake and that was that my bottom layer wasn't tall enough, so I had a gap.  Live and learn, so next time I will do better. I loved the ease of stacking my 6" on top of my 9" cake.

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 1:01am

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I used the SPS system for the first time yesterday.  I loved it!  I only made one mistake and that was that my bottom layer wasn't tall enough, so I had a gap.  Live and learn, so next time I will do better. I loved the ease of stacking my 6" on top of my 9" cake.

Did you use the 4" columns? I'm worried if my tier is a little over 4 inches. Can they easily be cut to size if I were to order the longer ones? and I'm just assuming you've used the bakery crafts brand, that's the only brand I've been people posting about.

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 1:23am

You couldn't have trimmed your stacking piece?

sixinarow Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 1:36am

AIf you're using sps, decorate it fully before you leave. Seriously, that sucker won't move. I would layer it like this..person holding it, piece of mdf board, non skid mat, cake. Putting it on the floor is best unless the floor is slanted. Holding it will be fine, especially with mdf & sps. No need to finish decorating when you get there, unless you have fragile toppers!

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 2:33am

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If you're using sps, decorate it fully before you leave. Seriously, that sucker won't move. I would layer it like this..person holding it, piece of mdf board, non skid mat, cake. Putting it on the floor is best unless the floor is slanted. Holding it will be fine, especially with mdf & sps. No need to finish decorating when you get there, unless you have fragile toppers!

Thank you! I think I'm going to just take the chance and transport it stacked together. From all the reviews it seems the sps will hold it well. I do have a topper and some gumpaste roses I plan on adding but I can add them once I get there.

sixinarow Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 2:44am

AYou'll be fine!! Walmart sells cheap cardboard boxes in the office supply aisle for less than $1. You can get a 12"or 14" (depending on the size of your cakeboard ). I put a second piece of non skid mat in the box and put the cake on top of it, that way if you slam on the brakes or swerve, your bf will grab the box, not the cake itself! So, the detailed layer :) would be person, mdf, nonskid, box, nonskid, cake. Does that make sense? It won't go anywhere as long as you don't slam on the brakes or swerve! !

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:02am

AYes it makes perfect sense! Like stacking another cake..lol. I guess I can stop stressing about that now! :)

kellyk1234 Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:05am

AOh and ill post my experience with it after I deliver it. Still a while away though...

darkchocolate Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 9:42am
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You couldn't have trimmed your stacking piece?

No, because I didn't have anything to cut them with.  Even if I did, I would be afraid I wouldn't have cut them evenly. 

DeliciousDesserts Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 10:56am

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No, because I didn't have anything to cut them with.  Even if I did, I would be afraid I wouldn't have cut them evenly. 

I use the coast system & purchase the 4 1/4" & 4 1/2". When/if I need to trim, I use a miter box so I cut straight.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 10:56am

AThe box & saw were $15 at Home Depot

darkchocolate Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 11:03am
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The box & saw were $15 at Home Depot

Thank you, I will check that out.  Is there at certain brand or model number I should look for?  I'm just asking since you seem happy with yours.

 

Thanks!

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 11:04am
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The box & saw were $15 at Home Depot

are they strong enough to handle a power saw? Or will they crack

DeliciousDesserts Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 11:22am

AYes, they can handle a power saw. Wish I had one!

This is the one I use [URL]http://m.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-Deluxe-Miter-Box-with-Saw-20-600D/100034395[/URL]

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