4 Hour Drive With A Cake

Decorating By Sox-n-Pats Updated 16 Feb 2010 , 4:52am by Sox-n-Pats

Sox-n-Pats Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 5:31am
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I know there have been ideas on this before, but for the life of me i couldn't find the threads.

So- I am leaving Sat. afternoon for CA with a cake for a friends daughters Sweet 16. It's 2 tier (bottom square, top round) with a RKT purse on top. Buttercream icing with fondant accents.

I am not planning on stacking until I arrive (my husband is driving).

What I am most worried about though is the heat on in the car. It's rainy and cold here. In the 60's in Vegas is like 30 degrees to northeners. icon_wink.gif So the drive will be cold without heat. Add to that my daughter is a competitive gymnast and has -30 percent body fat -so she always freezes in the car.

How do I make sure to keep the accents from sliding off- would a fan work... or should I prep my kids now for wearing 2 pair of socks and wrapping in blankets???

I have boxes all ready to put them in and the nonskid stuff. I was thinking those little battery fans that clip on to something.....????????

If we hit traffic, I'm not sure I will have time to put the accents on (Zebra on the bottom, polka dots on the top) when I arrive.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Sox

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gimmesugar Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 5:53am
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I have seen from other posts where people have recommended getting styrofoam ice chests and storing cake tiers in there, and then putting a cold pack in the chest to help keep the cake cool. It would be like putting your cake tiers in a mini fridge. Hope this helps!

aundrea Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 5:55am
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first, a red sox fan in vegas?!?! whoo hoooo! GO SOX! lets hope for a better 2010!
ok- is there a way to pack any of it on ice? even dry ice or ice packs. so you dont have to worry about ice melting.
not sure how hot your car will get in 4 hours but with the air on - would be it ok? thats the ONE good thing about new england is the winters- its a great time to do cakes. cant tell you how many cake 'things' i put in my car overnight so they stay cool.
but i know that doesnt help you. im sure ppl from the warmer climate this time of year will be of more help.
good luck-and i hope the drive turns out well.

Sox-n-Pats Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 6:37am
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Thanks.

Yup- born and raised (13 years in MA. 6 different places.) Came back to NH for college. Have been out in Vegas for 19 years. Came for a teaching job- and stayed. I get to go see the Sox in Anehiem, Phoenix, Denver and SanDiego (actually was at the World Series game 3 in Denver in 2007), We see the Bruins in Anaheim and SanJose and Denver, and the Pats and C's in Phoenix and SanDiego, and Denver. So, it's not too bad being transplanted!!

For me, delivering in summer is easier- yes it's 110 outside, but I can crank up the AC. Not too bad to deliver across town in winter, but 4 hrs? that's why I am worried.

I'll see if I can find some styrofoam coolers. I hate styrofoam though - can't stand to touch the stuff or hear is creek! ICK. yes, I"m a freak.

I do have lots of icepacks (nec. with kids in sports icon_smile.gif ).

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Or an alternative to styrofoam.

aundrea Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 6:57am
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good for you staying true to your hometown teams!
ive seen at bed bath and beyond, not sure if there is a store near you that have car battery operated mini coolers. or you might try a camping or outdoor type store near you. they might have suggestions too.
HTH
cant wait to see a pic-your cake sounds great!

tesso Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 8:11am
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It is time to bundle the kiddies up!! icon_lol.gif Okay, maybe I am just mean but I have a fleece blanket that I give DH when we deliver a cake. I even tell him to bring his gloves!! icon_lol.gif

Sox-n-Pats Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 7:40pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tesso

It is time to bundle the kiddies up!! icon_lol.gif Okay, maybe I am just mean but I have a fleece blanket that I give DH when we deliver a cake. I even tell him to bring his gloves!! icon_lol.gif




That's kinda where I"m leaning anyway!!!

Better safe than sorry!! icon_evil.gificon_lol.gif

splash2splat Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 4:37am
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[quote="Sox-n-Pats"]

Quote:
Originally Posted by tesso

It is time to bundle the kiddies up!! icon_lol.gif Okay, maybe I am just mean but I have a fleece blanket that I give DH when we deliver a cake. I even tell him to bring his gloves!! icon_lol.gif




Been there done that - children had there own blanket and we traveled four hours last weekend in the cold - its really not that bad. icon_lol.gif

Sox-n-Pats Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 4:52am
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OK back from California. This is what I came up with. Pretty ingenious if I do say so myself.

Cake just! fit in my cooler. So, ice packs on the bottom, then covered with nonskid mats. Cakes placed on that. THEN.... I duct taped hand held fans to the inside of the cooler. (and duct taped the rope to the outside as extra piece of mind so they wouldn't fall on the cake!!)

It worked like a charm. I kept climbing over the kids to check on the cakes. No movement and the cooler stayed cool on the inside. Perfect temperature. The fans circulated the air cooled by the ice packs. So Slick!!

Here's a picture. The first one is my contraption. The second is the cake when assembled at the party.
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