Need Guru Advice

Decorating By CakeRae80 Updated 27 Aug 2014 , 7:32pm by CakeRae80

CakeRae80 Posted 10 Jul 2014 , 8:00pm
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I need expert advice on cake transporting.  My grandparents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary over Labor Day Weekend.  We are about 6 hours non-stop from them.  I am doing their cake.  At this time, I am unsure what the size will be.  So far they have just sent the save the dates out, and not the actual invites, so they do not have a count.  My guess is, I will be having a 2-3 tier cake.  This cake must be baked, filled, iced and fondant on it before I leave.  I will be making all my decorations, and just taking some backup supplies for an as needed basis.  Here's the kicker, I got rid of my SUV, so now I have a sedan.  I will be traveling with my husband and 2 kids.  So the cake will have no where to go but the trunk, b/c I do not trust my kids to hold them straight and still.  Will these cakes make it that far in the trunk and 1. be okay to eat 2. not have melted?  Again there is another I don't know issue, I'm not sure what cake/filling/icing flavors they will go with.  I also only used MMF.  Any advice would be great. I have never had to take a cake over state lines. I have transported a 2 tier stacked cake, but that was a hour & half trip and was in my SUV. TIA!!

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enga Posted 10 Jul 2014 , 8:56pm
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I think that you will find some great tips in this thread, she traveled for 16 hours with kids and the cake! :eek: 

 

Lolz, hth

 

http://cakecentral.com/t/774121/opinions-wanted-on-16-hour-drive-for-wedding-cake-delivery/45#post_7514995

DeniseNH Posted 10 Jul 2014 , 9:57pm
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Lots of ice packs under the cake - put it in a large sturdy box and tape up all the edges to prevent the cold from escaping - put non-skid pads on top of the ice packs, stack just two of the tiers but keep the other separate, insert wooden skewers into the cake that's stacked to prevent movement, and pray.  Because sometimes September can be as hot as August.  The sun will beat down on your trunk - making it like a sauna in there.  Oh and start out with a cold cake from the beginning.  Yes, you can refrigerate fondant. 

CakeRae80 Posted 11 Jul 2014 , 6:18pm
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Thank you both for the tips, I read the thread that you posted enga and that makes me feel a whole lot better about going on a 6 hour drive only.  At this time, I have no clue where the party is to be held or where I may even be staying.  I would prefer a hotel over the rat race my grandparents house my be.  (That's saying a lot for me to want a hotel room because I HATE them!)

enga Posted 11 Jul 2014 , 9:22pm
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Haaa haa, good luck to you CakeRae80, don't know about the hotel rooms 8O but you will find all the help you need on CC if you run into problems, so I know you will be just fine.

jgifford Posted 11 Jul 2014 , 11:26pm
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AI would really suggest you freeze the cake. Each tier in its own box, double wrapped in plastic. Transport in an ice chest ON TOP of dry ice. Set it out - still wrapped - and let it thaw. That way any condensation will be on the wrapping and not on the cake.

We took one buttercream and one fondant cake on a 23 hour ride from Texas to California. One was my son's wedding cake. They both made the trip fine and were just as fresh as if I had just made them.

CakeRae80 Posted 27 Aug 2014 , 12:49pm
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This is the weekend of reckoning... I have decided to make all my cakes ahead of time, and freeze them plain.  They are all wrapped in foil and saran wrap.  I will be putting them in a "cooler" of sorts and making the trip to VA Friday.  I plan to ice and stack the cake then transport it to the church (which is where everything will be held).  Once there, I plan on putting all the gum paste roses I made on the cake after it is set up.  I am still nervous to transport a tiered cake in a car and not an SUV, but I will have my kids with me to help if needed.  My daughter is very good about those things.

-K8memphis Posted 27 Aug 2014 , 4:14pm
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i deliver/ed everything in my sedan -- no worries

CakeRae80 Posted 27 Aug 2014 , 4:48pm
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Thank goodness! It is only about a half hour (maybe less) down the road.  It is a 2 lane highway, but there are stop lights where I have to make my left hand turn and then the church is a right turn.  Everything else is straight, so it shouldn't be too bad.  Thank you for encouraging words!! 

MBalaska Posted 27 Aug 2014 , 6:57pm
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Originally Posted by CakeRae80 
 

Thank you both for the tips, I read the thread that you posted enga and that makes me feel a whole lot better about going on a 6 hour drive only.  At this time, I have no clue where the party is to be held or where I may even be staying.  I would prefer a hotel over the rat race my grandparents house my be.  (That's saying a lot for me to want a hotel room because I HATE them!)

 

CakeRae80 with everyone's tips you'll do great.  Best Wishes! 

 

ps: I'm with you on hotel rooms.   I take kitchen cleaner packs and gloves and scrub every room before I can even open my suitcase.  and vinegar to clean the coffee pot.

CakeRae80 Posted 27 Aug 2014 , 7:32pm
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I am actually going to be going to my grandparents house now to assemble the cake, and then go from there to the church.  I will scour everything there anyway (lol) I never trust anyone but myself when it comes to cleaning before caking.  I will even be taking my own cleaning supplies.  I will now only be staying in the hotel on Saturday night...which still gives me the Hebe gebe's...

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