Usually I transport my cakes unassembled. In the fall I am doing a 3 tier stacked wedding cake that will be transported about 1 -1/1/2 hrs away.
How many of you stack and dowel the cakes for travel? I guess I would just dowel it as usual and than drive a center dowel through all layers am I correct? Will it travel okay that way? It will be all buttercream no fondant.
Please let me know any tips or suggestions you may have!
I've traveled stacked cakes in pedestal stands with no problems. A reliable support system, a center dowel and driving carefully are the keys to success.
Thank you so much Rylan, I appreciate your reply!!
I would suggest trying SPS.
Leah_s talks about it all the time, it is amazing. No worries about traveling a fully stacked cake. No worries about shifting dowels.
Before I satared using the system, I stacked after delivery. Way to much stress. I now stack as much as I can carry before we leave. I may have to put the top tier on, but the rest is finished and ready to go. It cut my delivery time at the location form an hour (or more) to 10-15 minutes.
It is cheap and the bride brings nothing back to you. Easy for everyone.
Throw out those dowels and switch to SPS. Easy! Cheap! Sturdy!
I charge my brides for it and consider it disposable.
And that center dowel is false security. The old timers on here have heard too many stories about a cake going sideways and the center dowel staying firmly embedded into the bottom board - as it tears thru the cake.
I just transported my first SPS cake yesterday! I needed to see fo myself how great it was! I was super happy!! I drove that sucker 1.5 hours away and it didn't even budge!! IThe best thing of all was just walking into the venue, placing the cake on the table and walking right back out!!! No stacking, no ribbons, no hour long decorating session while someones uncle stares at the back of your head and asks a billion questions! It was so awesome! This is the cake....if the attachement works..lol...
That's a lovely cake.
I, too, used SPS for the first time on my very first stacked cake (3-tiers), and it worked great. Although I had nothing to compare it to because it was my first, I had no problems transporting it at all. My only problem was my failure to make the tiers tall enough for the supports. I had to use wide ribbon to cover the gaps, but it was for my family reunion; it was a learning experience; and it was my contribution to the event.