ibake247 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:30pm
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I was just reading a post about dowels, tiers, and assembling at the reception site and I hope my experience with this new delivery system is useful to others! Have you ever heard about cakesafe?? I bought a box from them a couple of months ago, and the difference it has made to my business, not to mention my delivery day sanity is incredible. Its a sturdy reusable plastic box that you put your cake in sans the topper or whatever you're using on top. Then, this is the amazing part and a little scary the first time, you put the stainless steel rod into the top of the box, and then thrust it down thru the entire cake. The cakesafe is designed so the rod will line up perfectly with a hole in the bottom of the box for the rod to go thru. At this point, your cake is secured inside the clear plastic box and cannot move at all. If you go to their website, you can get a much better idea of what I'm talking about. I could go on and on, but there's so many ways this has improved this most dreaded part of making wedding cakes! Delivery...argh. Let me know if you want to know more or better yet, just go to their website or google cakesafe. Scott and Juli Chapin are the owners/inventors and are really nice to deal with. very helpful!

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nettemc Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:40pm
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I would love to buy one...but it is a little out of my price range.

artscallion Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:48pm
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You should work for them...lol!

mayo2222 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:51pm
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Maybe she or he already does icon_smile.gif

AXOCutie143 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:55pm
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aej6 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:55pm
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cakegroove Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 6:58pm
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does sound like a good investment and a nice way to have peace of mind

CNCS Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 7:22pm
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I'll pass.

newmansmom2004 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 7:29pm
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I saw this demonstrated at a cake show and it's an ingenious device. When the price comes down maybe I'll look at them. Put my name in to win one but, darn it, someone else got it!

catlharper Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 7:32pm

Already have my name in to buy one next month..I deliver SO many tiered cakes over 2 hours away that this is definitely going to be the answer to my prayers! Cat

KHalstead Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 7:43pm

I can assure you I DON"T work for them, but can't say ENOUGH good things about the product. The only downside I have seen so far is that my cakes are heavy (not their fault though lol) so I'm currently purchasing a wheeled cart so I don't have to call ahead and make sure every venue has one. Since my cake is assembled (I have the small/tall box and it's too tall to fit in the back of my mini van) and sits on a sheet of plywood on the front passenger seat, I have the whole BACK of my minivan free..so I'm going to toss a wheeled cart back there so I automatically know that I have one to transfer the cakes with.

Honestly, if you do 3 or 4 cakes a week and can set aside $10 from each sale you'll have saved enough to buy one in no time!! It is made VERY well, and seems expensive until you feel it and realize the quality of the materials it's made with! Not to mention that EVERY time I deliver a 4 tiered cake in it, I'm saving close to $10 in boxes alone for each of those tiers! Also, it's something that I use and reuse for EVERY tiered cake I make/deliver...with the boxes I was tossing them with each order because inevitably I'd rip a side while opening it or get a smudge of icing and it would leave a grease stain or something else would happen to make the boxes look"used" and I couldn't deliver someone's cake in a box that looked like it was old (I'd be totally TO'd if someone did that for a cake I paid $500+ for)

Most people on here could afford one with the proceeds from ONE wedding cake and I tell you, once you get passed the initial nervousness of actually using it, you realize very quickly that it is an ingenious invention, and you'll kick yourself for not getting one sooner!!

I reported on a cake that I transferred recently with the cake safe and I was all set to refund the customer 100% of what they paid for the cake (it was 95+ degrees out and the whole cake was melting and ready to fall apart) I had to deliver it almost a full hour away up and down windy steep hills and did NOT expect the cake to make it.

Once I assembled the cake I shuddered everytime I had to turn it to put on a decoration because the whole thing was like jello and shook tremendously and seemed like it was going to fall over......seriously I was freaking out!!

So I thought.....OK........no better time than the present to drive normal up and down these windy hilly roads with the cake safe, because the cake isn't going to make it there in one piece anyhow! I already settled it in my head that there would be no cake and I had the check filled out (I even added $50 to the cost of the cake because I felt so bad).

Well, much to my surprise as soon as I locked the steel rod down into the bottom of the box (through the cake) the whole cake seemed a LOT more sturdy! I gave the box a shake and sure enough, nothing was moving......interesting!

I put it on the front seat of my van on a sheet of plywood (I propped the wood a bit so it was level on the seat) so I could watch the cake fall apart while I cried.

I made it all the way there and nothing happened to the cake......then I got the wheeled cart from the venue (another reason I want my own) and it had a 2" high lip on 3 sides of the cart, and the 4 side was flat.........well the cake safe base was wider than the cart itself so when I sat it on there half of it was at a 2" incline and the other half was not. So the cake is now tilted at I don't know maybe a 30 degree angle.......I was totally wigging out....this cake was already trying to fall apart when it wasn't tilted!

I wheeled it down a long hall, up an elevator and down another long hall before getting to the cake table. I took it out in under 2 minutes and had it on the table......added brown sugar (sand) around the base and the customer hugged me and said it was "amazing, and better than she ever could have envisioned" as I walked back to my van I tore up the check and laughed to myself thinking, if she only knew LOL


Honestly, without that cake safe the cake NEVER would have made it!!! I'm not even sure if I had assembled it on site if it would have made it, because the icing was SO SOFT and melting and everything was turning to goop! I don't honestly think I could have stacked it without destroying it!


and I promise you.....I do NOT work for them.......though I would be honored to, they run a class A business and are good people and deserve to make what they charge for these boxes IMO. The materials are not cheap that they're using!!
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ttehan4 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 7:43pm
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I agree!

And yes the price is way to high!

tootie0809 Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 7:57pm

I just ordered my 3rd box from them last week.....and no I don't work for them. Yes, they are expensive, but I look at it as any major expense for my business. If it is something that saves me time, money, and sanity in the long run, it's worth it to me. I delivered 2 completely assembled cakes in the pouring rain this weekend using my Cake Safes. Not one drop of water on the cakes and one was buttercream so I was even more thankful for my safes with that one. They are an awesome investment....and yes, they are an investment. I just had to also buy 2 new fridges last week. Again, another investment becuase my business is growing, but the more fridges I have the more orders I can take, so therefore it justified the large purchase. I look at the Cake Safes the same way. The more deliveries I can make in a quicker amount of time, the more orders I can take and the more money I will make in the long run. I personally love mine and cringe when I think of my old delivery days without them! Again, I do not work for them! But Scott and Juli are lovely people and I've had nothing but a good experience with them! icon_smile.gif

auntginn Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 8:07pm

What a great testimony for them! Whether you work for them or not is not the point, its nice to know that there are people with good business practices and good quality products.

Why don't you send them a copy of this, I'm sure they would love to know how pleased you are with the item.

I personally can't see the need for it because our weather doesn't usually get that extreme. The few times it did, I used the dry ice method and got my cakes safely to their destination.

I also assemble stacked cakes at my location, drive a dowel thru the middle of the entire cake and deliver completely finished. Flowers or a cake top are placed on top at the site.

catlharper Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 8:47pm

I know...I had a long conversation with my husband last weekend when I had to deliver a wedding cake and I was just sweating it out the whole 2 hour drive. He's like "the price is ridiculous" and I said "Yup, but if this cake falls apart I owe the client $300! and if it were a larger cake I'd owe even more!" I pointed out the 5 tier cake I have due in July that is a $1200 cake..what if that fell apart on the way there and I had to refund all that money. This is an insurance investment. Not to mention the peace of mind I'll have delivering cakes. To top it off they have a 30 day trial period...I'm going to get it in July, deliver the two tall cakes I have due that month and see how it really works before paying for it. I'm pretty confident tho', in reading other testimonies here, that I won't have an issue paying at the end of the 30 day trial period! I am still small and growing quickly and anything that I can invest in to make my life easier is a blessing. Since delivery is the only thing I truly can't stand about this business, if I can get something to make that easier then I will be in much better mental shape! LOL! Cat

Narie Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 9:06pm

I am not in the cake business, just hobby, every so often, for fun decorator so there is no way I'm going to buy this. But if I were, that would be an investment quickly made. Every business has it's overhead costs and This would rate with mixer, good pans , sound oven etc. Just because you've got along fine without it before, doesn't mean you shouldn't add it to arsenal of tools now. I want to see how long it is before the TV pros start using it- particularly that gal in New York who has to carry the cakes down flights of stairs.

auntginn Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 9:27pm

Friends, I have a question. does this have a refrigeration system of any type?

catlharper Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 10:13pm

It is not refridgerated but made of insulating materials so it helps keep your cake at a good temperature. I'm more concerned with the toppling over thing...one good bump or stomp on the breaks and a stacked cake is going sideways on you.

KHalstead Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 11:59pm

I actually thought about the refrigeration thing...would be awesome if there was a way to make it into a portable refrigerator (like a battery operated box w/ a hose that hooks into a hole in the side of the cake safe or something, that could pump cold air in it) That would be amazing wouldn't it?? lol


In any case, my melty cake did just fine and though it was 95 degrees outside and IN my house....my car was even hotter when I got in and my ac is terrible!! It only comes out the defrost on the windshield not the regular vents (have no clue why), so even though by the end of the hr. drive my car was somewhat cool....it wasn't cool whatsoever to begin with and the cake safe I'm sure protected it from melting further.

The sides of the cake safe are clear (as you can see in the photo I attached on page 1) but look similar to corrugated cardboard if you look at the sides......probably close to 1/4" thick as well........they're lightweight but very sturdy and because air is between the sheets of "glass" (It's plastic not glass), it helps to keep the temp. from affecting the cake.

Would be so awesome if there was a way to adapt it to being a refrigerated case though wouldn't it?? Even if there was no battery but plugged into your cigarette lighter or something. Then you wouldn't even have to refrigerate your cakes, just pop em' in the cake safe and be on your way!

ibake247 Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 6:17pm

What and interesting variety of responses! I can see how the suggestion that I work for the cakesafe company might seem like a logical conclusion, until I saw the other posts from other people who have cake safes! It's so great to hear other people who feel the way I do about this thing! Best thing since sliced bread as far as I'm concerned!
As for my employment status, I'm just a lonely self employed baker in upstate NY, but if this cakesafe company takes off, I'm probably gonna wish I worked for them!

auntginn Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 6:59pm

ibake, maybe you should consider talking to them on working for them on a commision basis so while you promote them you could earn enough to buy all the cakesafe boxes you want.

I agree about the refridgeration idea. Would be nice. Even if was electrical, you can get adapters for the car chargers

Loucinda Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 7:10pm

I have one here in Ohio too. For those that have a cake "business" - it would be just like buying anything else quality that you want to last. How much did you spend on an agbay? Your commercial mixer? Your magic line pans? I know how much I spent! This system is fool proof. And yes the sides are made of a material that does "insulate" the cakes. IF your cake is chilled - it will stay cool in the cake safe.

How much do you charge for your cakes? For a lot of us, the expense for a quality, made in america product from a small business (like my cake business) it is well worth the cost for the peace of mind and years of use you will get from a cake safe.

Scot and Juli are TOP NOTCH buisness folks. If any of you have ever talked with them, you would know how kind and generous they are. I wish them all the luck with their business, it definately has a LOT of potential!

7yyrt Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 7:10pm

ibake247, I'm glad noone hurt your feelings...
We've had many companies sign up and try to sell their product through the years, so we've gotten a little touchy about it.
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Chasey Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 7:33pm
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ibake247, I'm glad noone hurt your feelings...
We've had many companies sign up and try to sell their product through the years, so we've gotten a little touchy about it.
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I was thinking the same thing! I also read the Wilton forum and saw your exact same post this morning with the same username. I admit it crossed my mind as well that you could work for them or have an intent to advertise kind of post...but I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt and happy you love your $$$ purchase! icon_biggrin.gif

ibake247 Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 8:49pm

Thanks Chasey, I just figured that when I read a post on the wilton forum re: dowels, and stacking tiers, etc... and I responded, that I should post on cc too. The whole idea of these forums is to share info about what works, etc... I was hoping it would be useful info for everyone who feels the way I do about deliveries - they're too stressful! I also dropped a cake on my way into the front door of a country club once, and noone should have to have that experience! You know how hard it is getting buttercream off the curb in a hurry?? It's a great story now, but at the time, well, it really, really sucked!

gscout73 Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 6:01am

I looked @ their site and saw the video last night and was wondering of the rod has a pointed tip? And I did see the price and for what you are getting I am not surprised. It actually is a great idea for someone with the funds and storage space.

Loucinda Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 12:04pm

Yes, the rod's tip is pointed - goes right through with no problems!

Cake Atillier (not sure of spelling on that one!) DEFINATELY needs one of each size, I cringe everytime I watched them carry cakes down their stairs and into cabs. icon_eek.gif

Narie Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 3:33pm

Loucinda- two minds with the same thought about Lauri Dutinno--Cake Alchemy. I hated watching them carry the cakes down those stairs. I actually e-mailed her and mentioned the cake boxes and this posting to her as an option for those stairs. She very nicely e-mailed back hoping I would continue to watch, and she also said that they had moved to a building with an elevator. No more stair nightmares.

carmijok Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 3:55pm
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Loucinda- two minds with the same thought about Lauri Dutinno--Cake Alchemy. I hated watching them carry the cakes down those stairs. I actually e-mailed her and mentioned the cake boxes and this posting to her as an option for those stairs. She very nicely e-mailed back hoping I would continue to watch, and she also said that they had moved to a building with an elevator. No more stair nightmares.




It wasn't just them going down the stairs that freaked me out...it was hailing a CAB and using them for a delivery vehicle! Not only are cabs dirty and smelly at times...they don't always drive in the most cautious manner. THAT to me is a nightmare! icon_lol.gif

robyndmy Posted 16 Jun 2010 , 4:22pm

I just spent the last half hour watching all their videos... the Cake Safe looks like a dream! I'm just a hobby baker now, but if I ever get to go into business one day, I'll be purchasing the Cake Safe (right after my Agbay of course).

I get such cake tool envy, sigh.

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