I'm curious... which do you do? (especially three or more tiers).
i almost never use a box to deliver.
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I was gonna toss a cake in the back of the car & trot it just a few miles--it rained so that the steam poured off the hot roofs--I had to stop everything and make a box!!! To protect it from the humidity.
And it was a good thing 'cause I had never been to that venue and it was difficult to navigate--would have been really a big problem to get it in down the stairs to the door then up the huge winding winding winding staircase.
Boxes are my friend.
No cake ever leaves my place without a box. Ever.
Cars are gross.... I don't care how clean you think your car is.... it's not. There will always be dirt and fibers and crap flying around in a car, no matter how 'clean'.
It is so unhygienic (not to mention downright gross) to deliver a cake without a box. What the customer decides to do with the cake once it is delivered is their responsibility and I make them aware of the risks(outdoor weddings, etc), but that cake is pristine at the time of delivery.
I build a tall box out of two normal boxes. There are places online you can buy tiered cake boxes too.
But yes I do use boxes.
always use a box!
I use these boxes from Decopoac: http://www.decopac.com/items_8-43.html . They are specifically designed for tiered cakes. I LOVE them. I re-use them all the time for wedding cakes. I think I've had the same big one for 8 months now.
For cakes that the customer is taking, I make my own tall boxes out of two or three boxes and lots of tape!
Nope. Never use a box when I'm moving it myself. Customer pickups, then yeah, I'll put it in a box.
Global Sugar Art sells tiered boxes too. I've never used a box for a tiered cake, so I don't know how they work.
Thanks for the links guys. Happy baking!