My mom's birthday is on the 23rd and every year we go out to the small town where my grandparents live on the saturday after her birthday. It's about 1.5 hours drive from where we live. I've been thinking about making her a cake, since I've never actually made her one but I'm not sure how I would transport it. We have a truck (gmc sierra) so we don
't have space IN the truck to carry it. It would probably be just a sheet cake covered and decorated in fondant, so I could carry it on my lap. BUT the thing is my mom doesn't drive so she comes out with us. I don't want her to know I made her a cake. I have covers on the back of my truck, with this little box that my boyfriend built in the back for groceries. If I wrapped the cake up really good, do you think it would make the trip? Heats another thing, I know people use dry ice, but I have no idea where to buy it. Bumps, are another thing. My grandparents live at the top of a valley, it's about a 20 minute drive on gravel road with LOTS of small hills, dips and bumps!
Does anyone have any advice for me? Or should I just say forget it, and make her a "personal" cake on the day of her birthday?
If you get an actual cake box from Bulk Barn that fits your cake board, and put some non skid shelf liner under the box, and tape the edges of the box to keep any stray dust out, it should be safe to travel in the box where your groceries travel. If you're worried about the heat, Praxair at 650 Nairn Ave sells dry ice in slabs and some smaller chunks at the end of the week. If its more convenient, Praxair also has a location on McPhillips (I've only bought from the Nairn Ave location), and there's many Bulk Barns in the city. Just make sure you keep the dry ice bagged so it doesn't wet your cake box as it melts. HTH
If you're still worried about the bumps you could put pillows or even just chunks of foam around the cake box so it doesn't shift around. If the cake is glued to the board with a smear of frosting it shouldn't slide on the board itself unless you drive through a ditch.
Thanks for the tips Deborah anne. What's funny though, is when I started baking, not once did I think to look at Bulk Barn for cake boxes! I ordered some online, thought I got a pretty good deal...until I got the bill from Fed Ex. I always forget about that part. When I need more boxes I'll make sure to check out Bulk Barn. As for the dry ice goes, I'll see what the weather is when I get closer to that week. I really don't want to have to drive out to those areas lol I live in the west side of the city, close to the west perimeter.
Glad to be of help.