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post #46 of 71
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Originally Posted by cfao

All of my cakes use the sps system, it's fantastic. I buy the sps plates from Bakery Crafts, however I don't use their support pillars. They are very hard and as Loriemoms, said you need a saw to cut them. The wilton white plastic dowels that come 4 to a pack actually fit the plates perfectly and cut easily.



Thank you cfao, I LOVE this idea. I've only used sps once on a large wedding cake, but I hated cutting the pillars. I've used the wilton plastic dowels before (with regular cake circles) and they are definately easier to cut. If they fit sps snug, that's perfect!
post #47 of 71
I've only used SPS once for a practice cake. (Haven't done any stacked cakes since this first use.)

Here's a photo of my practice cake before I added any decorations. If you look carefully [click on the photo and it should expand], you can see the cardboard cake circle and the plastic SPS plate since I haven't added any borders.
LL
post #48 of 71
My first and only tiered cake (3 tiers) had the sps supporting it. After reading the horror stories of how the wooden dowels slipped and the cakes collapsed, I had to get it - and I felt very secure with it! I'm now looking at getting the square plates for another upcoming cake.
post #49 of 71
Wildgirl,

I saw on another thread about SMS that you can use the round plates with square cakes; just cut your cake boards square.

HTH,
Kimm
post #50 of 71
Kimm - thank you so much for saying that! I forgot about the cake board - that makes perfect sense that you could use the round as long as you had square boards. thumbs_up.gif
post #51 of 71
My question with using the SPS support system its that you can't insert a dowel through the tiers because of the plates, right? How do anybody transport a cake withough a center dowel? Please let me know.
post #52 of 71
That center dowel is to keep the cakes from sliding off each other? Tht can't really happen with the sps - on each plate there is a tab that sticks up - you must put a small hole in the cake board before you set the cake on it. This keeps the layers from sliding around. Plus, the pillars lock into the plates so there's no way they could slip and cause the plates/boards to slide anyway. I still drove like 10 mi/hour with a 3-tiered sps cake, but I didn't have to be that paranoid - it wasn't going to move!
post #53 of 71
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Originally Posted by rosa369

My question with using the SPS support system its that you can't insert a dowel through the tiers because of the plates, right? How do anybody transport a cake withough a center dowel? Please let me know.



rosa369~~I drove 25 miles to deliver the cake in the photo above (after I finished decorating, of course!). I just put it on the floor of my van with some non-slip rubberized shelf paper on the floor, and drove carefully. It didn't budge an inch.

KimmW~~I hadn't seen this tip: you can use the round plates with square cakes; just cut your cake boards square. Thanks for sharing.
post #54 of 71

Interesting to see this old thread pop up again.

Things to remember:  SPS plates come in round, square and heart shapes.

 

SPS legs come PRE-CUT is 4", 5", 7" and 9".  The 5", 7" and 9" are in the multi-piece leg set.  There is also a 9" leg.

 

Yes, you can always use a round SPS plate under a square or hex and I even used a round under an oval cake once.  Just use a cardboard of the correct shape.

 

No, absolutely you can not use, nor do you need a center dowel with SPS.  And I will say it again and again, the center dowel is false security.  If you cake really slides sideways on the bottom plate, the center dowel will stay impaled in that board and tear right through your cake. 

 

When customers pick up their three tier cakes from me (the ones who don't want to pay for delivery or are outside my delivery area) I life up one side of the cake, tilting it at about 30 degrees.  First they almost have a heart attack, then they realize that's it sturdy and they are not going to have any trouble with transport.

Answers to the most often asked questions re: SPS. SPS instructions are on Page 15 of the Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Supplies can be ordered from Oasis Supply, Global or BakeryCrafts.
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Answers to the most often asked questions re: SPS. SPS instructions are on Page 15 of the Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Supplies can be ordered from Oasis Supply, Global or BakeryCrafts.
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post #55 of 71

Using the rack that comes out of the big electric turkey roaster,allows you to lift your cake out of a laundry basket as easy as lifting your turkey out of the roaster. It has these handles that fold to the side out of the way.

post #56 of 71

I think I would use an apple corer to remove part of the cake before pushing in the legs. I think it would put less inner pressure on the inside of the cake.

post #57 of 71
Sps now makes EZ cut pillars! Woot woot!
post #58 of 71

Fat Daddio's Professional Cake Leveler, 20 inchfat daddio cake leveler,does anyone know if its any good,cheaper than egbay

post #59 of 71
HI everyone! Can you tell me if I can use the SPS system WITHOUT boarder on each tier? It sounds like some of you may have used it with each plate being 1" smaller than the tier, does that completely hide the plate? Is there still a gap?? Thanks in advance!
post #60 of 71

I am thinking about purchasing the SPS system for an upcoming cake.

 

I recently did a 3 tier (8,10 & 12 inch) and only used plastic dowels to hold the top tiers and a center dowel.. the delivery was only 15 minutes away and I was terrified.. did not seem sturdy enough! So the wedding cake i have coming is the same size and i need to make sure this one is super sturdy since its a 30 minute drive.. 

 

Quesion, has anyone used royal icing in between the cake board and the sps plate to make it sturdier? Not sure if its needed but thinking its an extra assurance.

 

Thank you!

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