CupcakeQT82 Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 2:49pm
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So I really like making even my cake box look pretty. However, lately it's been hard for me to figure out how to package a cake that is either tiered or 3D which you cannot put a lid on. I have customer who occasionally pick up their cake and prefer to do so but then the transportation becomes an issue because they themselves cannot assemble a tiered cake or even a 3D cake. So how do you approach this?
*Please no responses that you just deliver yourself. I would if I could but can't always*

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nicunurse Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 3:07pm
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Hi! I have had just a couple pick up and for the tiered cakes, I get a large, new cardboard box from walmart. I cut one side completely off to slide the cake in. I then have used saran wrap to cover the top and front from debris and bugs. I have also covered the ugly brown with card stock, something pretty! icon_biggrin.gif HTH. Oh, and make sure you use the shelf liner under your cake board to prevent slipping. I also give a piece to the customer to place the box on in the car. icon_biggrin.gif

Ashleyssweetdesigns Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 3:10pm
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If I were you I would never give a cake to someone that needed to be assembled that would get very complicated on your end. If people would rather pick up there cakes you should have a clause in your contract that once the cake leaves your possession you are no longer liable for the damages that may be caused due to transportation. Just inform them on how to properly transport it. Thats really all you could do.

heartsnsync Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 4:58pm
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I have come up with a solution for 3D and two tier cakes that works perfectly. For instance, if my bottom tier is going to have a 14" board, I buy a 14" box that is 14x14x6". I then measure my cake to determine how high it is going to be and then add about 2" additional to that measurement. So, if my cake height measurement ends up being 12" I cut the side flaps of the top of the box at 6" to come up with the 12" height (6" of the bottom side of the box plus 6" up the side flap from where it connects to the box). Make the cuts on both side flaps of the top of the box. Now, fold the top right across so that now the top of your box is folded at the same place where your cuts are made. Tape where the folds meet the rest of the top. I then tape the top flap to the bottom of the box sides so that you end up with a "roof" like structure with the top not going all the way across the top of the box. If additional support is needed to insure the new box "roof" stays put and does not wobble, I often tape Popsicle sticks to the inside of the box going across where the side and the new "roof" top meet.

Next, use clear wrap film that comes in a roll ( and cut a piece big enough to be adhered to the top box "roof" and then come down across the opening to be adhered to the front of the box. Only tape the top of the clear wrap and fold it back until you have inserted your cake. Once your cake is inserted, then drop it down and tape it into place and neatly fold back the sides like you are wrapping a package and tape it into place. I then put my bakery logo on the top of the roof and another one on the very front bottom of the box. Sometimes I even add a bow to the top of the box.

The neat thing about this presentation is it is entirely professional looking, is nice and neat, and gives a view window into the creation. The view window works perfectly for delivery especially if the cake is being further transported by the customer. The customer can see the creation and yet it is protected from dirt, dust, rain, etc. I even delivered a cake boxed like this in a sleet/ice pellet pelting back in February with no ill effects at all to the cake. HTH

ncsmorris Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 7:06pm
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heartsnsync, do you happen to have a picture? This sounds neat, but unfortunately I'm a visual learner (never been able to learn by written or oral directions) and have no idea how to replicate what you just said! LOL

heartsnsync Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 7:32pm
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I am a visual learner, too so I completely understand! icon_biggrin.gif I have a two tier cake delivery this Saturday so I will take a picture of it then and post it here for you.

srkmilklady Posted 24 Apr 2012 , 7:49pm
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Originally Posted by heartsnsync

I am a visual learner, too so I completely understand! icon_biggrin.gif I have a two tier cake delivery this Saturday so I will take a picture of it then and post it here for you.




I'll be watching for your pic too. I'm always trying to figure out the best way to deliver my cakes too. Thanks... icon_smile.gif

CupcakeQT82 Posted 25 Apr 2012 , 10:32pm
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Originally Posted by heartsnsync

I am a visual learner, too so I completely understand! icon_biggrin.gif I have a two tier cake delivery this Saturday so I will take a picture of it then and post it here for you.




Yes, please take a pic!! I am not understanding!! icon_smile.gif

AZCouture Posted 25 Apr 2012 , 10:36pm
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Walmart box. Assemble one end, and turn box on on it's side. Put piece of non stick down. Slide cake in. Packing tape the open end closed. Done.

myxstorie Posted 29 Apr 2012 , 12:44am

I just use these regular box extenders... no idea of the availability outside the UK, but I've made my own before out of thick cardstock and taped them to the inside of the bottom part of the box. And cover the gaps with saran wrap, of course. The front and back of the box are really easy to un-hinge too so that the cake can just be slid out.

http://www.sugarshack.co.uk/presentation/cakes/boxes/extension-corner-cards.html

heartsnsync Posted 29 Apr 2012 , 12:58am

Okay, here are the pictures from my two tier cake delivery today. This is a particularly tall two tier because of the fondant palm trees on top. It was 14" tall so I had to give a two inch head room thus my box "roof" was 16" tall. Normally the "roof" extends more over the cake. In any event, this gives you a visual on how I box up my two tier and 3D cakes. icon_smile.gif
LL

sberryp Posted 29 Apr 2012 , 1:29am

I tried what nicunurse does for the first time today. Youtube has a great video which helped me understand the concept. I didn't cut off the flaps. Let me see if I can find the video for you.

sberryp Posted 29 Apr 2012 , 1:31am
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Originally Posted by heartsnsync

Okay, here are the pictures from my two tier cake delivery today. This is a particularly tall two tier because of the fondant palm trees on top. It was 14" tall so I had to give a two inch head room thus my box "roof" was 16" tall. Normally the "roof" extends more over the cake. In any event, this gives you a visual on how I box up my two tier and 3D cakes. icon_smile.gif




How do you keep the lid up and did you use wrap?

heartsnsync Posted 29 Apr 2012 , 1:53am

There is a post by me earlier in this topic wherein I give explicit details of how I create this. The top is kept up by cutting to size, folding over, and taping the end of the top flaps to the bottom of the box. For extra stability I sometimes add popsicle sticks also to the joining location - this cake today was one of those times. If you look closely you will see where the lid is joined and the popsicle sticks are taped in place for support.

heartsnsync Posted 29 Apr 2012 , 1:54am

Here is another picture from the side. Hope this helps visualize what I did some more!
LL

ShaunaNicole Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 5:15pm

Thank you for this post!!  I was really stressed about a cake I have to package.  Thanks for the visual!!

tykesmommy Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 4:32am

AThank you!! I have a 2 tier cake that the customer wants to pick up herself so this is wonderful!!

mydearbakes Posted 1 Dec 2012 , 4:10am

Gosh, thanks for sharing heartsnsync! Finally found the solution to deliver 2 tier cakes! =)

heartsnsync Posted 2 Dec 2012 , 3:52am

You are welcome! I was stumped myself and did not want to eat into my profits either so this is what I came up with.  I use this method on all two tiered cakes or cakes taller than what will fit in a standard cake box.

Bomatebaker Posted 3 Dec 2012 , 7:42am

Wow! Thanks a million heartsnsync!! This will help a great deal.

 

I didn't want to spend extra on those taller boxes.

Nixs247 Posted 3 Dec 2012 , 9:45am

Thank you for sharing Heartsnsync!!! So helpful especially with the visual pictures you have kindly submitted...

 

In the UK mentioned by someone else with have Cake Extenders which normally have to be supported with something else to prevent the wobble effect.

 

I've also seen on this site that from you guys in the States something you call "Cake Safe" which we don't have in the UK, but I think its expensive (from what I read)....so I prefer Heartsnsync method any day which is very cost effective.

 

HTH
 

JenFailla Posted 7 Jan 2013 , 7:28pm

AThank you for this

heartsnsync Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 12:53am

Glad I could help. Believe me, I was glad I figured something out as all those extra gadgets eat into the profits don't they? icon_eek.gif

crazygrammie Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 4:05pm

curious, you are not using 'saran' type wrap are you? is this cellophane like for easter baskets?

Sassyzan Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 6:13pm

ABakeabox sells tiered cake boxes http://bakeabox.com/tiered-cake-boxes/

heartsnsync Posted 16 Jan 2013 , 4:21am

Yes, the see through wrap on the front is the wrap like used for gift baskets.  I have been able to find it at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 a roll which usually covers several cakes per roll - very economical.  All in all, using this method usually costs me less than $1.50 per customer delivery which is much cheaper than any specialty boxes or even regular boxes I have priced at suppliers. HTH

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