Transporting Cake For A Long Distance. Please Help!

Decorating By TatianaS Updated 20 Jul 2015 , 1:10am by TatianaS

TatianaS Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 7:27pm
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AI have to make a cake for my husband's cousin's wedding. It will be a 5 tier cake with a gumpaste bouquet topper. It will be a french vanilla cake with Swiss merengue buttercream (made with merengue powder), covered with fondant and decorated with sugar lace. I plan to cover tiers with fondant and decorate with sugar lace at home and assemble the cake on site. Now here is the tricky part...I am not sure how to transport the cake (I need to drive for about 8 hours from Massachusetts to Virginia in the beginning of May). We are renting a van and I can do it with a refrigerator too. But what if the fondant will get damaged? Every time I put a fondant cake in refrigerator it gets "wet" and sloppy (I make my own MMF). Do I need to put the tiers in double boxes with dry ice in between those boxes? Or maybe dry ice outside of boxes? How does fondant react to dry ice? Or maybe I should send cakes through UPS? Did anyone try it? Did anyone fly with cakes?

I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.

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LizzieAylett Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 8:35pm
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How about a Cake Safe?  Or is it still too soon to mention those?  :-P

Dayti Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 8:39pm
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AIf your car has AC you would be ok since there is nothing perishable. Wear a jumper if necessary.... You will have to be quick at toilet and snack breaks though, and leave the car in the shade when parked or take turns to run into the gas station so you can leave the engine running.

I wouldn't even think about shipping them.

Dayti Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 8:40pm
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AYeah, or ask hubby for a cake safe as your payment for making (what I assume will be a free) wedding cake for his family!!

TatianaS Posted 11 Feb 2015 , 9:14pm
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AThat's funny. I am looking for awhile to purchase a cake safe from Amazon. It is scares me a little, since it is a tall and heavy cake I don't want to move it from cake safe to a cake base or drilling a hole in my beautiful expensive cake stand. But I do think more and more about getting the Cake Safe. I like idea and concept, but does it work as they describe? Do you have one? Did you use it? Thank you.

maybenot Posted 12 Feb 2015 , 12:25am
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I've driven 10 hrs. with cakes.


I'd do a 5 tier as 2, 2 tiers and a single.  I'd freeze the cakes in the boxes,with the boxdes wrapped in saran and a layer of foil.  I'd put the wrapped boxes on 3+ inches of memory foam on the floor in the center of the van-- the memory foam dampens the vibration of the vehicle.  They'd arrive defrosted, with the condensation having gone to the boxes and not the cake surfaces.


I'd stack & decorate on site.

TatianaS Posted 14 Feb 2015 , 3:00am
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AThe cake will be a gift and I want it to be delivered in perfect condition :D

TatianaS Posted 14 Feb 2015 , 3:05am
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Original message sent by LizzieAylett

How about a Cake Safe?  Or is it still too soon to mention those?  :-P

The cake safe is just an hour away from me and I am planning to visit the place sometime very soon. Seems like they are doing a good promotion and I want to get something extra to spoil myself as a compensation of great stress :grin:f

TatianaS Posted 14 Feb 2015 , 3:20am
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AIf I will use the cake safe what support should I use for my cake? I usually use wooden dowls in multi tier cakes and never had problems but I never drove 8 hours with them either. Do I need to use SPS? Will SPS work with a stainless steel rod from cake safe?

KayleeEhmmers Posted 6 Jul 2015 , 6:39am
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Transporting tiered cakes can be tricky but it's not impossible. You're going to want to purchase some sturdy dowels and cake supports, and transport each tier separately - then assemble on site. And make sure your vehicle has a good AC ;)

leah_s Posted 6 Jul 2015 , 2:42pm
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Oh please.  SPS can handle this.  If there's nothing that needs refrigeration, don't put the cakes in the fridge to start with.  I'd frankly use commercial fondant, though.  Stack the bottom two tiers, box them, throw (place gently) in the van on non-skid.  Box up the other tiers similarly and off you go.  Keep the air on of course, but seriously, this is not a big deal.  Relax.

TatianaS Posted 20 Jul 2015 , 1:10am
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55ac4a748e307.jpegWe drove my âªcake⬠from MA to DC and it was in one piece at the and of the journey thanks to CakeSafe cake carrier. It was many miles of bumpy road, traffic jams and high heat - nerve racking things when you deliver a âªwedding cakeâ¬. Should I mention I had a 3 year old kid on board and we had to stop a few times? Nightmares, right? All of that is behind me and i am ready for more smile emoticon

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