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post #31 of 67
do you all collect the sps system after the wedding or do you just add the cost to the cake price? I think i will be purchasing a set just to try it out.
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post #32 of 67
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I had bought an SPS plate and a set of pillars , but I had never used them. The pillars that I have say "Grecian". These measure 5 1/8 inches!
Are there shorter pillars?

Thanks,
Sandy
post #33 of 67
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icer101 wrote: >>yes, foam core is at michaels, hobby lobby.. ac moore, 1/2" thick.. then cut that according .. then wrap in food safe paper.. some people use plywood 1/2" thick and cover that.. then as usual dowel each tier.. then put the long dowel .. not skewers. all the way from top to bottom . if it is the foam core.. than drive the dowel thru that ..you will hear it when it gets there and also feel it. hth of course , you cannot drive the dowel thru the plywood.ha! but down to it.. some people use masonite boards under all their tiers.. and then use the dowel all the way thru. haven,t done that before..<<<

I'm still undecided about what to do. I had used the masonite board. The problem is: you can't drive a dowel rod through that. I would think the long dowel need so go through the base board.

Thank you for the reply!
post #34 of 67
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Originally Posted by Sandylee05

I'm still undecided about what to do. I had used the masonite board. The problem is: you can't drive a dowel rod through that. I would think the long dowel need so go through the base board.

Thank you for the reply!



Put the cake on one or two cardboards. Then attach the cardboards to the masonite (I use folded over duct tape). Then you can use the center dowel.

I do this all the time when I use a silver plateau or one of my other cake stands.
post #35 of 67
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Originally Posted by hammer1

do you all collect the sps system after the wedding or do you just add the cost to the cake price? I think i will be purchasing a set just to try it out.



I build them into the price, but they are not expensive-
cake ingredients - $20
cake drums - $12
sugarpaste flowers $60
Not having to worry about an $800 wedding cake arriving in one piece - PRICELESS!!!

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And yes, Sandy there are 4" legs...
post #36 of 67
I'm doing a 4 tier cake in August and the MOG is going to transport the cake 2 hours. She also wants me to make the cake 3 days before the wedding. What would be the best way to transport it? Also if I use wooden dowels are they ok in the cake for that long? If it is covered in fondant will the cake still be fresh? Sorry for hijacking the post but I'm starting to get nervous. TIA
post #37 of 67
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Originally Posted by leahs

If you go to my website and look at any of the 100 or so stacked cakes - every one made with SPS.

Frankly, it's the answer you're looking for.



Diiiiiiii-TOE!

And if you don't use SPS, lemme tell you what little wooden dowels can do. Basically, it's like using a pencil to secure your cake. They push through the cake, displacing the cake around it. So now you have (albeit minute) cake squished out in all directions. So now, before transporting, stacking, anything, you've already got cake moving outwards from your dowels. You're already at a disatvantage.

Now, you've got a bigger dowel being driven down the middle of the whole thing. More cake being displaced. More strikes against you before you even hit the road.

When you use something like tea straws or SPS, (SPS being A#1 choice, but straws are much better than dowels already), they are hollow. The legs/straws are slipping into the cake, not squishing cake out in all directions. So you have no cake displaced, because it just slid up inside of the straw/leg. Much better grip in that cake. They are much less likey to cause any of the horror stories you hear about, especially when you see the words "ripped right through the cake". Those two methods don't cause "ripping through the cake". icon_smile.gif
post #38 of 67
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Originally Posted by Sandylee05

icer101 wrote: >>yes, foam core is at michaels, hobby lobby.. ac moore, 1/2" thick.. then cut that according .. then wrap in food safe paper.. some people use plywood 1/2" thick and cover that.. then as usual dowel each tier.. then put the long dowel .. not skewers. all the way from top to bottom . if it is the foam core.. than drive the dowel thru that ..you will hear it when it gets there and also feel it. hth of course , you cannot drive the dowel thru the plywood.ha! but down to it.. some people use masonite boards under all their tiers.. and then use the dowel all the way thru. haven,t done that before..<<<

I'm still undecided about what to do. I had used the masonite board. The problem is: you can't drive a dowel rod through that. I would think the long dowel need so go through the base board.

Thank you for the reply!


The center dowel is not suppsed to go through the very very bottom board. That's your cake drum or decorative board....it doesn't get anything driven through it.
post #39 of 67
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Originally Posted by hammer1

do you all collect the sps system after the wedding or do you just add the cost to the cake price? I think i will be purchasing a set just to try it out.




When I use it, no. I don't want a bunch of messy cake pilars and plates. It's built into the cost of the cake. I refuse to take deposits and track down people for "my stuff". They are on their honeymoon, and I'm busy with other stuff. Or not...maybe some relaxation time??
post #40 of 67
I dont have an advice. I just wanted to say sorry this happened to you. My heart just sunk when I read your title!
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post #41 of 67
Leahs ...

Thank you so much for posting the SPS instructions. Why can I not understand what the hole in the cardboard is for? I have read your instructions over and over. Is it for a dowel? Or is there something on the plate that sticks in the hole? I understand the rest of the instructions ... I am making a wedding cake for 100 people in August and planned on just using the dowel on each layer and through the centre to the bottom trick ... I think this would be far safer.... for a newbie like me.

I am so sorry to hear what happened Sandylee ... I hope you were able to fix it.
post #42 of 67
I've used coast about 3 times and had no trouble with transporting, is this the same type of system with another name?
http://www.cakedeco.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html?p_catid=266
SHeila
post #43 of 67
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Originally Posted by Frecklepuss

Leahs ...

Thank you so much for posting the SPS instructions. Why can I not understand what the hole in the cardboard is for? I have read your instructions over and over. Is it for a dowel? Or is there something on the plate that sticks in the hole? I understand the rest of the instructions ... I am making a wedding cake for 100 people in August and planned on just using the dowel on each layer and through the centre to the bottom trick ... I think this would be far safer.... for a newbie like me.

I am so sorry to hear what happened Sandylee ... I hope you were able to fix it.



No, for a newbie, SPS is the far safer thing than dowels. Go back and look at Leahs instructions. The hole in the cardboard is explained. It's for the peg that sticks up to hold your cake secure.
post #44 of 67
I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE THE SPS SYSTEM! I also asked leah_s about how a small plate could hold that! Low and behold I had to travel to a destination almost 40 miles away on a HORRIBLE country road that was so bumpy it made me nervous! It was a 3 tier wedding cake and do you know that thing never moved! I also transported another 3 tier cake and it also never moved and I was going uphill! SPS will save your career! lol! Build it into your price unbeknownst to the client, and have the security you need that your hard work will not be in vain! BIG HUGS TO YOU! Take care!
post #45 of 67
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Originally Posted by sjmoral

I've used coast about 3 times and had no trouble with transporting, is this the same type of system with another name?
http://www.cakedeco.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html?p_catid=266
SHeila

It looks similar but is there a peg in the center of each plate to set your cardboard circle on?
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