I'm in need of some advice! How can I travel with a 2 tier round cake in a car for 6-8 hours? It's my sisters wedding and she wants me to make the cake. Problem is I have another cake being delivered that same day and then I'll be driving to her location which is a 6-8 hour drive. HELP!!!!!
I've had a cake travel 4 1/2 hours away and it lasted, although my nerves were shot! Make sure to do a fondant cake, with lots of support and a dowel down the center. Royal ice between the layers and you should be fine! My cake was a 3 tier sculpted cake, with long golf clubs shooting out the top and it got there without incident! Good luck!
I have traveled with a 4 tier cake for approx. 2.5hrs. What I did is stack the cake at the venue, I have an SUV and the back seats fold forward making it a flat and level surface ( about 4x4), I placed each cake on a larger cake pan with a piece of perforated cloth like (im sorry I don't know the exact make of this) material that you can find in the kitchen drawer liner area of walmart. This cloth was placed under the cake and under the cake pan that was holding each cake. This helps the cakes not to move. I hope this doesn't confuse you : ).
SPS for support and a cool car. Easy .
Thank you for the advice! I'm so worried and I'm having my father make a special wood box for the traveling.Is this a good Idea? I will be making it with white Fondant and i'm making gumpaste roses and also filler flowers to place on it once it arrives. Another question, I was thinking of placing Ice packs in the box around the bottom to keep the cake nice and cool. It this okay or should I not even worry about it. I live in the Central Valley in California and will be traveling to San Diego.
Thanks for your advice as well. I'm thinking it will make it okay but then again it is a long drive and there are some rough spots on the way.
I'm sorry if I sound ignorant but i'm new to this and my sister won't take no for an answer. I have read a lot of your advice on other posts and i'm taking notes every time. Thanks again.
when i have had to take a cake for a long drive (5 hrs was the max Tucson to Flagstaff, but it was through So. AZ and Phoenix in August), i've done fondant and buttercream and with each, had SPS supports already sunk in then the cake chilled very firm and each tier placed in a cake box. I got a big cooler and stacked the cakes inside the cooler with ice packs with bath towels over them (put the towels in the freezer overnight, too) to make sure there wasn't any moisture. The cooler was in the back of the SUV and the A/C was so max cold we needed sweatshirts in the car! The cakes did well and with the SPS in place, i was able to easily lift and stack on site. I know technically you can travel with a SPS or really any cake stacked, but i'm always thinking of what would happen if there was an accident or if I needed to do a quick stop (the kind that sends your purse flying onto the ground) with a stacked cake. Laws of physics will have the cake flat in boxes surviving that better than a tall, heavy object.
The cloth that she was referring to is one of those rubber slip mats for under utensil trays, carpets etc. My "technical" term is slip mat, I use them for all of my cakes and they are so cheap (found at the dollar store) that I cut them up and give one to every customer if they are picking up the cake themselves!
You probably don't want to invest the money if you are not delivering cakes all the time, but a CakeSafe is what I use and it leaves me worry free every time. I have made several long trips and the cake never moved....even with sudden braking. The cake is completely put together before going in the box, so set-up at the venue is super quick and easy....seriously....15 minutes and I'm done.
It's a two tier, I don't think you will have any problem. I would stack it, with the supports and make sure the air is very cool. Keep in mind, you want to keep the sun off the cake, and drive like you are driving with a stacked wedding cake in the car. Allow plenty of stopping distance between you and the car in front of you.
Two tiers are not very tall at all. I have made a lot of them and transported a lot of them.All of them were butter cream. I keep the air conditioner on high.
Another option would be to stack the first two tiers, and put the third tier on at the venue, or transport the cake all ready to stack, and finish when you get there.
Creating a special wooden box seems a bit like over kill, unless it is intended to be a special gift.
I was watching the Ace of Cakes when I got a hair brained idea. Ace of Cakes uses large plastic storage containers for his cakes. I purchased some and use them as cake only containers.
It's great for the small tiered wedding cakes I deliver. Today I uploaded a photo of a cake that was delivered in one of the containers. The cake was 12 inches tall. I stacked it and transported it, but It was only a 30 minute drive and I drove like I was transporting a stacked wedding cake.
My thought on the plastic containers for wedding cakes is this; They are economical, reusable and recyclable. You only actually need a container, to get the cake to it's destination. Usually there are little if any leftovers.
I hope this helps,