Cake Stackers Support System
I love it when companies come up with a product that is born from a genuine “aha moment” and so inspired that it should be front page news.
The very cool Cake Stackers support system falls into this category for me.
Now, I have seen some pretty awesome wedding cakes over the years, primarily because one of my sisters-in-law creates some truly beautiful ones, as does one of the women on my husband’s co-ed softball team. And, one of our honorary daughters also loves cake decorating. As do my mother and father-in-law.
However, it never really occurred to me to consider how important cake supports for tiered cakes was until my mother and father-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary party. By the way, if you are looking for some absolutely incredible 50th anniversary cake ideas, do we have one for you! Here it is:
This was the Best 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake Idea EVER
This is what my sister-in-law, the “cake artist” did: She found a photo of her parents’ original wedding cake and carefully studied it so she could replicate it. And she did just that! It was astonishing – and I wish I had a photo of it, but that was before I carried a digital camera around with me! Anyway, I think that to create a replica of someone’s original wedding cake would be one of the best 50th anniversary cakes you could ever imagine. You should have seen the look on my mother-in-law’s face when she saw it. Yes indeed…
But, that’s getting a tad off topic. So, the reason I started thinking about this whole thing was that on the way to the anniversary party, while handling the cake (remember, we’re talking about 4 or 5 tiers here), my sister-in-law “lost” one of the tiers – it just slipped away. Because she is highly skilled, she kept her wits about her and was able to hide the fact that there had been another layer, but when I spoke with her about it, she said she was absolutely frantic, and what would have happened if this was a cake that someone had paid hundreds of dollars for.
Where Does Cake Stackers fit in?
And, this is where I got to thinking about how people stabilize and transport wedding cakes in general. The most I ever have to transport to an event is a crock pot full of stew or something, and as long as we aren’t screaming down the mountain where we live, the contents are fairly stable. But surely, my sister-in-law is not the first baker/caterer to have lost a tier off a cake during transport.
Enter Cake Stackers, which is a great company in Jensen Beach, Florida that has responded to the need for tiered cake supports since 2009. They have really done something revolutionary for creating, decorating, delivering and stabilizing cakes. They use a system of plates, spacers and rods to create the magic. Evidently the idea of using rods in the cakes isn’t new – people in cake decorating forums always talk about cutting dowels. This seems much more professional and exact. Personally, I would love to see something like this on Shark Tank, but I’m not sure it has a broad enough appeal since I have no clue how many professional cake decorators are out there.
Cake Stackers Topsy Turvy System
Take a look at the photos I’ve got here which are representative of some of the company’s products. For example, these fun looking “Topsy Turvy cakes” are one of the company’s signature designs, and as you can see, they are definitely an eye-catching creation!
Now, before I continue, I want to emphasize that Cake Stackers is not the only system that helps bakers protect and transport their work to the venue. There is a company called “Stress Free Cake Supports” (See them at http://www.stressfreecakes.com/public/) that also uses a threaded rod system that is inserted through the cake.
Their system doesn’t seem as diverse as Cake Stackers, and I’m not seeing a lot of activity at their website (not many photos either) or at their Facebook page, which makes me wonder how much they are doing these days. It’s a fairly limited website, and I’m not finding their product on Amazon, but you can take a peek over there and see what they’ve got – it may be just the thing you need.
Then, there is a product called the CakeSafe that is new to Amazon (as of this writing), and there are no reviews on it, but as you can see from this photo, it’s a plastic cake transporter and has been out there for quite a long time now from what I was able to determine. This seems like an active and updated site – www.cakesafe.com, and the box and system appear to be well received. The website also has a number of videos, which I feel is important in today’s baking community. The only problem I saw that some people have with the CakeSafe is that one rod goes down through the center of the cake, and when removed at the venue, the baker/caterer has to “pretty it up” a bit since there would now be a hole to fix.
When it comes to sheer creativity and imagination, Cake Stackers gets my vote – AND, it is a clear winner as well as a recipient of the MyFavDeals.org Official Seal of Approval! I don’t see them on Amazon, but their website is extremely well laid out and fun. There are numerous instructional videos as well as creative ideas – I’ve put just a few here on the site:
As far as “cons” the only thing that I noticed in a cake decorating forum was one person who was concerned that after the event was over, she might not get her equipment returned. The discussion was that you might need to charge a deposit – like a security deposit. I think that’s a good idea, and it protects your investment. I know that cake tools and equipment aren’t cheap; however, if this is your business, you most likely have a budget line item for your decorating supplies, bakeware, consumables, etc. Otherwise, you don’t have a business.
If you are decorating as a hobby, you might not have a huge concern about getting your equipment back from a venue. Personally, my sister-in-law has never had this issue at all.
Cake Stackers Cupcake Stands
Speaking of my sister-in-law, she also created this lovely display for one of our nieces – a 4 tier cupcake stand for her wedding. CakeStackers has some nice cupcake towers and stands as well which is a good thing for diversity since wedding cupcakes are gaining in popularity.
One of the reasons our niece decided on cupcakes (she did have a small cheesecake for her and her husband) was not as much about portion control as it was not wanting to waste. Everyone enjoys cupcakes, and there were plenty to go around. Plus, they are easy to transport and bring home to enjoy afterwards (which we did!).
Other design options a baker can choose from if you decide to buy Cake Stackers is the “Chandelier Set” of supports – but note that you need to have your own method to hang the cake. Something to think about before deciding to invest in that system.
Earlier I mentioned the company’s Topsy Turvy cake stand, which is probably one of my favorites. I never tire of looking at the creativity.
If you click any link or the banner (remember, by the way, you get 5% off if you use our Cake Stacker coupon code ACC525 at http://www.cakestackers.com), you’ll see a number of examples at their site. I get a kick out of their “upside down” stand sets as well, but I definitely think my favorite is the Topsy Turvy.
(By the way, if you click our link or banner and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission too! If you do click our link to buy at: www.cakestackers.com, we thank you VERY much! We appreciate your support!)
The company offers custom cake stands that you can get a quote from, pedestal stands, square and round support sets, cake decorating turntables, other decorating tools and accessories, fondant mats, and also the cascading stand that creates some truly lovely effects.
You can click here as well for more info on the deal. Thank you for reading, and have a great day! (Here’s one more video for you!)