Haven't been on for a while but I have a situation that I need some assistance with and I know one of my fellow Cake Central experts can give me some guidance in this.
I am transporting a wedding cake over 200 miles that will have a large number of flowers placed on it, mostly daisies since that is the bride's favorite. I will be assembling the cake upon arrival. Time constraints mean I have to make the flowers here then transport them to the wedding for assembly on the cake. I am worried about breakage, especially the petals on the daisies. I will be traveling by car.
wrap each one lightly in a kind of wadded up paper towel -- fully encased in the towel but not tight -- and place in a sheet cake box one next to the other so that even if the box slides the flowers inside do not slide -- add extra wadded up paper towels to ensure nothing slides -- a set up like this gives me no worries on at all on delivery day -- they are so light weight and packed so that nothing can hurt them --
sometimes you have to bend the stem 90 degrees to get everything to cooperate -- or roll it up a bit -- worth the extra effort for the peace of mind --
traveling mercies for you
i remember watching reality tv where cakes were being delivered in new york city often in cabs -- and they would carry the flowers all open and with the wires stuck in foam clickety /clacketing together all the way wherever they went -- trotting down the stairs with them all the way in the cab getting out at the venue, blowing in the breeze -- omg each click and clack gave me another heart attack -- but they made it somehow and that girl's cakes were awesome -- and while it worked for them i would never carry flowers like that --
ATo hold the flowers gently you could line a box with a very plush folded towel. Dent where you want to place the flowers and each will have it's own little soft nest. Will help insulate with bumpy roads.
I've carried delicate flowers--gum paste & royal icing--in cars & on planes. My very favorite packing material is the cheapest toilet paper I can find.
I take a large box, unravel a roll of paper to cover the bottom, I wrap each flower lightly [but well] in the TP and is it in. Once I have a layer of flowers done that way, I unroll another roll on top and do it all over again until I have filled the box.
It'll weigh nothing, but those flowers will survive the trip.
I used to watch that show too, and thought the same thing!!
Thanks for the great suggestions everyone. These flowers won't be on wires so I think I will try Maybenot's suggestion. Sounds like a good one!!