Has anyone ever delivered a wedding cake 4 hours away?
My DH's cousin is getting married in August and is just now getting around to looking for a cake My MIL was talking to her sister (DH's Aunt) and just happened to mention that I am starting to sell my cakes and Auntie Dear asked her if I might be interested in making theirs. MIL doesn't know if Auntie will call me and ask or not but thought that I might need to be prepared just in case she does ask.
Has anyone ever delivered a cake 4 hours away? I believe we were planning on going to the wedding anyway, so I wouldnt' charge for gas. I'm assuming it would have to be a very simple design and would have to travel with it unstacked to limit possible damages. I would also plan on bringing a cake "first aid kit." Of course, this all hinges on a great big "IF". Any advice so I can be prepared with a great big "NO" if I have to?
I traveled 9 hours in mid summer with unstacked cakes.....they were fine, just keep the A/C on.
I also have traveled over 3 hours with a 3 tier stacked cake, using the Bakery Crafts SPS system.
I always line with mattress eggshell foam, and then a layer of the really good "sticky" nonskid mat....the cakes don't budge an inch.
Yup -- I also traveled over 5 hours with four tiers of a wedding cake which I put together on site. That no-skid stuff is wonderful -- unrolled a bunch of that and put the cake boxes on top, and nothing moved the enitre drive!!
I don't have the confidence yet to travel that far with an already stacked cake, but with the individual layers separate it's not a problem.
10 hour drive, last 4 miles were on a gravel road with quite a few pot holes; cakes were covered in fondant which definitely helps but they made it fine... You will do great, go for it!
I always use the saying.. "If a cake can travel five miles ait can travel thousands as long as you drive like a trucker with a 52' trailer..." meaning, you slow down early for stop signs, you keep a proper traveling distance between you and the car in front of you, you keep your "refer" running (aka AC), and you only stop when it's ABSOLUTELY necessary! (aka fill up the tank or empty the other one)...
I am actually going to be delivering a 3D standing up beekeeper next weekend 4 hours away... I've also delivered a wedding cake fully set up that far away. You can stack it completely before you leave (which is the way to go so when you get there, you just put your border on and you're done), and go. By the cake being all in one piece in a large box, it'll help keep itself cold as long as you have it good and chilled before you leave.
Don't make more stress for yourself than it needs to be if they decide to ask you. You deliver that cake hunderds of miles away exactly as you would if you were driving it up the road 10 miles.
nephews's wedding ... 4 plus hours..... unassembled ..... zero problems.
Thanks for the replies. I feel a little better about it now. So far they haven't asked, so we'll see. I don't know if I'm going to volunteer though.
So far they haven't asked, so we'll see. I don't know if I'm going to volunteer though.
I know what you mean... I'm giving a bridal shower gift "$50 towards the purchase of your wedding cake or the gift* of your wedding cake.
*you select the flavor, provide details of the wedding that can be worked into a design (dress details photo, invitation, centerpiece, BM dress swatch/paint chip etc.), and provide four pictures of cake styles you've seen and like @least 1mo before the wedding, and guest count 2 weeks before the wedding.