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Using SPS for the first time and I am terrified!

post #1 of 33
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I am delivering a wedding cake tomorrow and I decided to use the SPS system for the first time. I don't know why, exactly, other than thinking it would be a bit sturdier and might be less likely to collapse after sitting for several hours. Anyway, I am terrified to stack these cakes and deliver them rather than construct on site and it's just a three tier. Lol! I know this system was designed for the consumer pick up rather than pro delivery, but I am having a hard time figuring out how the cake board stays put on the plastic plate. I do intend to lay down a little buttercream on the plates for glue (no royal on hand and I really don't feel like firing up the mixer again), but will it really help? Should I try melted chocolate instead? Or get some carpet tape? Please soothe my fears. icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 33

I'm telling you you will never regret it!

 

I assembled my sister's 5 tiered wedding cake on-site with the SPS and it was amazingly easy! Best of all, you can grab the top and the bottom of the cake in your hands because the sps is on the top and the cardboard is on the bottom. it was 1000 times easier than assembly with a spatula!

 

Just don't forget to poke the little hole in the bottom of the cardboard rounds before you put your cake on it

 

I didn't use any frosting "glue" and the catering staff was able to move the cake about 50 feet for the cutting without a single shift or flutter.

 

the only caveat, my cake was still chilled when i put the supports in and it made the frosting crack a bit. My cake was covered in coconut, so it was not a problem, but if not, i would have had to do repairs. 

 

 

jen

post #3 of 33
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I already have the cakes decorated on their (hole-poked) boards and have placed the legs into the middle tier. My bottom tier came up a bit short so I need to shave the legs down before I place the legs and start stacking. I read the instructions over and over and specifically remembered your problem with cracking so I'm letting my bottom tier warm up a bit before I put the legs in. icon_smile.gif. I'm putting this in the floorboard of my car on a non-skid mat so I'm sure I'll be fine. I think.

Maybe? Sure I will!

I just get nervous trying something for the first time on a bride who is counting on me. I'm actually thinking about just waiting to stack and do it on site. That's probably what I should do but I'm a little eager to see the pieces come together!
post #4 of 33

do it on site. it will be smooth as silk. 

post #5 of 33
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I took your advice and assembled on site, Ella. It was a breeze and that sucker did not budge a millimeter! It as very nice to know everything was locked down tight. I will absolutely use this system again instead of my trusty wooden dowels. Thanks for chiming in!
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::wipes away proud tear:: Another convert!
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post #7 of 33

I've been thinking about using sps for my next stacked cake but try as I might I can't work it out, I'm a visual learner so I just can't figure it out. Do you know of any tutorials or even photo tutorials? 

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Originally Posted by Claire138 View Post

I've been thinking about using sps for my next stacked cake but try as I might I can't work it out, I'm a visual learner so I just can't figure it out. Do you know of any tutorials or even photo tutorials? 


Claire~~I cracked up reading your post!  I said exactly the same thing.   It seemed like it should be so simple, but I could NOT figure it out!   I sent a PM to Leah, and she very graciously helped me out with a link to a pdf with---wait for it----pictures!  Whoo hoo!

 

http://media.cakecentral.com/files/sps_104.pdf

 

I've only used SPS for one practice cake so far, and took some photos of the stacked cake for reference.  Expand the photo below, and look at the bottom of each tier.  You should be able to see the cardboard cake circle under each tier.  That cardboard cake circle is setting on the SPS plate.

 

 

 

rsz_1practice_3_tier_orpha_cake__unfinished.jpg 85k .jpg file

 

 

So.... you have the top tier on a cardboard circle.  That is then setting on the sps plate with 4 legs:

 

 

Top Tier on cardboard cake circle

__.__

l  l  l  l

Middle Tier on cardboard cake circle

__.___

l  l  l  l

Bottom Tier on cardboard cake circle

__.___

l  l  l  l

Glass Cake Serving Platter

 

Here's the finished cake.  (Please forgive the flaws, I was trying new recipes/piping techniques/tips, etc. for this practice cake.)  This was assembled at my home, carried to the car, placed on the floor on a rubberized non-skid mat, driven 20 miles on windy, hilly, roads, and delivered intact to the staff at an Alzheimer's facility.

 

 

 

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post #9 of 33
My signature line tells you where the tutorial is.
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post #10 of 33

YAY!!!

 

congrats on success!

post #11 of 33
Hummmm...I've been seeing a lot of posts about assembling with SPS onsite, but I really need to have the cake fully done and assembled on delivery since its for a friend and I'm in the wedding. It going to be four 4" tall tiers, 14/12/10/8, buttercream with fondant embellishment. Is it not possible (or advisable) to fully assemble and transport a cake of that size using SPS? I have to travel at least an hour and a half with the cake. I've never used SPS before, but I've seen so many great recommendations (despite the commonly mentioned terror of the absence of a dowel through all layers), I thought I should try it, since I've never worked with a cake so large.

~ Krissi

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~ Krissi

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post #12 of 33

My costumers usually pick up their cakes. The largest one they have picked up was a three tier on which I used the SPS, no complaints and one of the passangers had to carry it in her lap since they had a small car. I read somehwere that the SPS was invented for Bakery's that do no offer delivery so my guess is that you would be okay.

post #13 of 33

Girlfriendal, I use SPS and usually tranport the cakes stacked and just drop them off and I'm done.  The only reason why I wouldn't is if the cake is too heavy to carry.  For a 4 tier, I'd stack the top 2 and the bottom 2, then put those together onsite.  Just my preference...

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www.thecakeboxofjackson.com

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post #14 of 33

Yes, SPS was created for bakery's who didn't offer delivery, so that the customer could transport their own tiered cakes.  If you can lift it, you can deliver it assembled.

 

PS that center dowel doesn't really do anything.  If your cake is really sliding sideways, the dowel will stay firmly impaled in the bottom board and tear right thru your cake.

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post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by leah_s View Post

If you can lift it, you can deliver it assembled.

This is my problem. Not sure if I'm weak or my cakes are just really heavy.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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