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post #16 of 28
You poor thing--BIG HUGS to you! The cake was adorable; I am sure you were more disappointed than anyone. I had a similar incident happen to me only I was coming from Chicago to Indiana. My daughter and I were going to visit my friend and her children in August and her birthday had just passed so I said I was going to bring her a birthday cake. She requested chocolate fudge cake, raspberry filling and chocolate BC (all butter). Needless to say, it was extremely hot that day; we were running late and instead of putting it in a cooler with ice packs like I had planned, I just put it in the trunk. When we got there, I almost died--the BC had melted and slid off the sides of the cake icon_cry.gif . My friend was great, though! At least, I had the foresight to take a picture of the cake before we left so I showed that to her. She really liked the "before" picture--of course, it looked nothing like the picture at this point icon_sad.gif . We immediately cut into the cake and she loved it. She thanked me repeatedly through our visit which made me feel better but not totally. So, I totally feel your pain. The next time I bring her a cake (and I will because I will have to redeem myself), it is either sitting on my daugher's lap or it will be on the floor in the back seat with a non-skid mat under it.

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post #17 of 28
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@soledad: LOL! I always take a rescue kit with me for minor repairs but this was so far beyond any kind of damage I've ever had to deal with it was really ineffective.

The trip started at 50 degrees, I was totally unprepared for the weather. Before I knew it the day was actually hot. The A/C just didn't touch it.

Live and learn!

I'm a big fan of what my DH calls "friction pad." I don't let a cake leave (either in my car or in any other) without it.

@diamonds-and-rust: Thank you so much, the basketweave tip is a 47 and the border is an 18. It's a star tip, but I think it makes a nice looking wicker rope.
post #18 of 28
Your cake was beautiful!! Sorry for the caketrastophe. Some years back I used to deliver cakes more than 50 miles away from me. The ac gave out on me and I couldn't get it fixed right away (mechanic backed up with work) It was in the heat of summer, I learned this trick and have stuck with it since.

Box my cake when it is chilled and ready to deliver. Wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap. Take a large moving box. Lay shredded newspaper in the bottom, take "dry ice" place it in a plastic bag. (I use 10lbs because this is the min to buy) fill the space around the bag of d. ice with newspaper, (this point will be key so your cake does not move) I cut a cardboard to fit the box and place it on top of everything. The I take my cake wrapped in the box and place it in this box. Last of all I take those super large heavy duty trash bags (yard size) and wrap the whole thing.

This acts like a mini fridge and your cake will stay cool 8-10 hrs even without ac in your car. For the amount of hrs you were on the road this would have worked great!
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post #19 of 28
@auntginn, great tip
post #20 of 28
I am so sorry, and so glad you are feeling better now. The cake was lovely. I'm glad the people were so good about it. May you never have to deal with anything like this ever again.
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post #21 of 28
Where do you buy a small piece of memory foam? All I can seem to find is a fat pillow or a mattress pad.
post #22 of 28
So sorry that you had this happen, but see it as a learning experience. Cars get hot, even when it's cold outside...especially on sunny days. I've taken a four tier stacked, fully decorated cake as far as New Orleans which is 13 hours from where we are in NC. Cake arrived fine, but here's why:
we made a 'refrigerator' from sheet insulation purchased at our home improvement store. They'll even cut it for you. Decide the size you want and have them cut six pieces. We used the kind that has the silver foil paper lining; only costs about $10. Then we used duct tape to assemble the box, using 5 pieces. For the drop down front, just tape the bottom of the last piece to the bottom of the front of the box (imagine an open box lying open facing you). With one of the extra pieces we made a platform for the bottom using small pieces to hold it up on two sides. I then slipped several ice packs under that platform. When it was time to go, we put the cake that was already boxed in a corrugated box and had been refrigerated overnight, into the 'fridge'. We then duct taped the fridge closed and placed in the car. Thirteen plus hours later, the cake arrives still cold (we were impressed-lol)!! I've been using the 'fridge' method ever since. I've even loaned it to customers who were transporting 'my' cake long distances. It works, and it's cheap to make. HTH
post #23 of 28
I also would like to know where can I get the memory foam.
post #24 of 28
Believe it or not you can get a small memory foam dog bed, but it is still expensive. Other than that I haven't seen any small pieces of it, so I am curious too. icon_smile.gif
post #25 of 28
it took 1 cake disaster last summer (fudge filling that melted & car too hot), now I refrigerate all my tiered cakes before transport, it's such a load off to watch that cake not move an inch in the car (usually my deliveries are under 1/2 hr) while the cake & icing are nice and firm
post #26 of 28
there's an xl memory foam pad by carpenter on amazon right now for 19.99
post #27 of 28
there's an xl memory foam pad by carpenter on amazon right now for 19.99
post #28 of 28
What a shame! It was such a beautiful cake! You do have to be careful with just the sun beating thru the glass when delivering. It can be intense. I block my windows if traveling far.

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