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post #1 of 64
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I have about had it with chasing down the pieces of my stress free supposrt system, and am very serious about going to SPS systems ( or maybe coastal.

Most of the cakes we do are plain 'ol stacked cakes, and it looks to me like all of the SPS sytems require the supports( in the cake) to lock into columns ( exposed) that attach to the plates.

Has anyone used an SPS for plain ol stacked cakes, and can you help visualize how it works without the (air) between the layers.
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post #2 of 64
Have you taken a look at Leahs' sps instructions?

The columns support the cake. It is kind of like a little table that the next tier sits on. The columns come in 4 inches, so as long as your cake is that height nothing will show
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post #3 of 64
most of my cakes are stacked as well..if you look at my photos, all of those the tiered cakes are using SPS. I use a circular saw to cut the pillars to fit the height of the cake (the basic sps pillar is 4 inches and most of my cakes are closer to 5 inches, so I cut down the 12 inch pillars they sell...) I havent seen Leahs handout, but I am sure it is quite good as she also has been using SPS forever...ask her for a copy

And it sure is a lot cheaper then the anti stress systems, and I think locks together better then coastal.
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post #4 of 64
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.
post #5 of 64
I've started using the SPS - thanks to Leahs constant recommendation - and I love it. I pass the expense along to the customer and I don't expect the pieces back - which means no chasing anyone down (which is money and time in my pocket to me!).

The support legs fit very snug into the plates and they come in several different lengths - 4, maybe 7 and/or 9 and 12. I just make sure my cakes are 4" tall and go with that. The layers end up straight and even.

Give them a try - you won't be sorry - I think you will love it!
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post #6 of 64
I have used it a few times.. I love the stability it gives to a cake and I have transported 4 tiered cakes fully assembled with the SPS. Perhaps it's just me, but I don't like that you need a thicker border to hide the plate though. I like really dainty borders that blend in rather than thick borders that stand out. I think I would prefer a system where you put the cake on the plate and then pop that on the legs and the legs aren't so thick. I bake and decorate my cakes to be 4" tall so I don't have to cut anything and use the 4" legs. Make sure you account for the 1/8" of the cake board when you are measuring how tall your tier is though.. it shoudl be 4 1/8 inches tall for there to be no gap.

You pop off the o-rings on the base of the plate and attach the legs and push that assembly into the supporting tier and then place your next tier on that. Before you ice your cake you place the cake board on the SPS plate and push in so you put a hole in the cake plate so you can line it up when you stack. The pic in my photos of Nocole's Wedding Cake (white with brown ribbon) used the SPS. It was nice and sturdy.
post #7 of 64
I agree with the previous posters. I have never done a cake with air in between using the sps. I bake and fill my cakes to be 4 inches high so I don't have to cut the legs.

I had a 10" cake stacked on a 14" cake last weeked when I tried to put it in the storage container I lost my grip and it tilted about 45 degrees. The cakes didn't budge. The only damage was where the side of the cake scraped the inside of the container. Easily fixed.

And because I don't have to try to measure and cut the legs my cakes never lean or tilt and I really had a problem with that before.
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post #8 of 64
What about square cakes? I have not been able to find the square plates. Leahs says that you can use the round but what size would you buy and do you do anything differently? I'm going to be doing a 14, 10,6, and I would like to use sps. TIA
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post #9 of 64
I use Wilton's hollow hidden columns with the smooth separator plates.
The columns are in the cake already, so all I have to do is drop the next tier of cake and plate into the holes. It produces a snug fit.


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post #10 of 64
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Originally Posted by pianocat

What about square cakes? TIA



I have bought smooth, square and round separator plates from both Hobby Lobby and Cakes by Sam to use with Wilton's Hidden Columns.

The columns that I am talking about are the wide hollow tubes. You can buy them at Michael's or Hobby Lobby in the 6" length. Pheil and Holling (cakedeco.com) sell them in lengths from 3" to 5" by the dozen for a better price.

-Debbie B.
post #11 of 64
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Originally Posted by pianocat

What about square cakes? I have not been able to find the square plates. Leahs says that you can use the round but what size would you buy and do you do anything differently? I'm going to be doing a 14, 10,6, and I would like to use sps. TIA



Bakery craft has SPS square..order them all the time. They come in all sizes..They even have heart shaped. I spoke with their rep at the expo this week and told him they need to come out with Hexagon and Oval! He didnt realize how many people were doing those now and put it in his little notebook..so who knows, maybe they will have those too!!
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post #12 of 64
For square cakes, you can use the round plates, just use a square cardboard. I ran out of square 6 in plates last week, so I used a round 6 in plate and it was fine. You can use the same size too.
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post #13 of 64
Thanks Loriemoms and mjarvis78! I'll try that Sugarcraft has some squares but out of stock on others, so this will help.
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post #14 of 64
Good job everybody! And if you want to see stacked cakes (no separations) using SPS, well, every cake on my website. There's a couple hundred including the slideshows.
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 #15 of 64
You have trained us well Leah!!
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