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Transporting 5 tiers - Australians help please

post #1 of 25
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I haven't been on for a while as I don't make a lot of cakes. I just make them for my kids and friends/family every so often. My close friend has asked me to make her wedding cake of five tiers and I have only ever done up to three tiers and transported fine.

I haven't used a centre dowel before. I realise this is what the US use in their cakes and will consider it if it is easier just to transport it all completed. Do I need one?

we picked a simple cake design and I am confident with the cake itself and stacking just need help deciding on the delivery of the cake. I have no idea how to go about it or whether or not to try stacking at the hotel.

Any help would be really appreciated xox (only traveling 17km straight down freeway to town).

post #2 of 25

it will be very heavy--

 

if you box it up in a corrugated box (a packing box) so you can get a good hold on it

 

and have someone to help you carry it--you could def deliver all stacked up

 

or you could do three cake boxes if it's just you

 

  • the bottom tier

 

  • the next two

 

  • the top two

 

or two cake boxes

 

i usually only use the middle dowel for topsy turvy cakes

 

oh and make sure the boxes fit in the car doors etc.  ;)

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post #3 of 25
my very first wedding cake was 5 tiers, and didn't have to move it far either, but there was no way I could of lifted it as one piece . how big are your tiers? I had mine in 3 pieces - bottom 2 tiers stacked (14" and 12") middle 2 tiers stacked (10" and 8") and the top (6")
looking back I should of made it easier on myself and done the bottom tier separately, then next 2, then top 2. the bottom 2 together was still really heavy.
I had all the towels cut time size and in each tier, so all I had to do at the venue was put them on top of each other, pipe the borders and arrange some flowers. not sure about your venue but the room for this function was set up the previous night so I was able to go in in the morning and set up my cake when there was only a handful of venue staff there. and then it would give you plenty of time yo go home and chill out and get ready for the wedding (I am assuming you were also invited icon_wink.gif )
Good luck, would love to hear what you decide to do and see some pics when it is done
post #4 of 25
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Thank you so much for replying.

 

Oh yes the weight of it would be way to much for me (I'm 6mths pregnant too :) ) however I will have the help of my husband and dad. The tiers are 14", 12", 10", 8" and 6" all 4" high plain white with white ribbon and cascading sugar ribbon/ruffle roses. I will call the reception and ask if I can come in early and set it up before the ceremony instead of in between ceremony and reception (thanks ashlea)

 

and K8 that sounds good transporting the three boxes however I have only ever stacked tier by tier. I'm sure I will be fine with two at a time on site. I am just over thinking it all I think :)

 

I will let you know how I go. Wedding in just two weeks away. thanks again for your help

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Thank you so much for replying.

 

Oh yes the weight of it would be way to much for me (I'm 6mths pregnant too :) ) however I will have the help of my husband and dad. The tiers are 14", 12", 10", 8" and 6" all 4" high plain white with white ribbon and cascading sugar ribbon/ruffle roses. I will call the reception and ask if I can come in early and set it up before the ceremony instead of in between ceremony and reception (thanks ashlea)

 

and K8 that sounds good transporting the three boxes however I have only ever stacked tier by tier. I'm sure I will be fine with two at a time on site. I am just over thinking it all I think :)

 

I will let you know how I go. Wedding in just two weeks away. thanks again for your help

 

 

 

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I have just completed my first 5 tier cake (picture attachment). It was a 4"/6"/8"/10"/12". I had the 12" and 10" stacked (and the 10" pre doweled) and then the 4/6/8 stacked. The 12/10 was an awful lot of weight so I wouldn't try to carry a 14/12 stacked, especially if pregnant!. I didn't use a centre dowel. When I got to the venue all I had to do was place the pearls on. I was able to set it up the morning of the wedding, the guests didn't arrive until 2pm so I didn't have anyone watching me :) 

 

If I were you, I'd leave the 14" unstacked and stack the 12/10 and 8/6 and assemble at the venue. You don't need a centre dowel, in my experience!

post #6 of 25
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WOW Lisa - your cake is beautiful!

 

Thank you for your reply. I will definitely transport separate now. You are all so helpful, I really appreciate it.

post #7 of 25

plastic boxes like these are awesome for transporting cake

 

http://www.uline.com/BL_5637/Plastic-Storage-Containers?keywords=plastic_containers

 

they can be dedicated for cake and food only -- or recycled into family use after the wedding

 

if you go this route--you can get great ones (if you were in the us) at big lots or target--but i don't know about australia?

 

you want to be sure that the little tabs & things inside the lid don't poke anything important--they can be clipped off

 

if the lid recesses down into the storage area--you wanna make sure there's enough room for cake babies to fit

 

sometimes the box bottoms have a valley around there

 

so you want to measure very carefully & be sure there's enough head room so the cake cannot possibly touch the inside of the lid

 

but they are so easy and fool proof-- you can put bottom tier in one--then largest & smallest in the next and the other two in a third one

 

use the nubbly shelf liner under cakes & between boxes to make sure nothing slides

 

if it was super hot and you wanted even better climate control --get another box and fill it with ice and slide it in amongst the cakes

 

they are work horse containers--just a cake box thought for you

 

btw--i think over thinking is the hallmark of a good caker ;)

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post #8 of 25

Hi freckles.... no, you dont need a centre dowell...

just dowell each cake

I would stack the two top tiers.. with the 3 remaining tiers, stack once you get to the venue...

However you transport them...just place non skid mat under each cake...they wont move or budge an inch whilst driving.

 

I have a couple of the large bread crates (that the bakers use). Put non skid matting on floor of boot....then place bread crate on top....then Place the heavy duty non skid matting in the bottom of bread crate......place cakes in...and off you go.

 

If your DH and father can carry all three layers in the bread crate...wonderful...otherwise just take one at a time into the venue.

 

 

K8...yes we have those containers over here..in every size... they are great for everything caking arent they?

post #9 of 25
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plastic boxes like these are awesome for transporting cake

 

http://www.uline.com/BL_5637/Plastic-Storage-Containers?keywords=plastic_containers

 

so you want to measure very carefully & be sure there's enough head room so the cake cannot possibly touch the inside of the lid

 

but they are so easy and fool proof-- you can put bottom tier in one--then largest & smallest in the next and the other two in a third one

 

Hi K8, I always turn one of my big plastic boxes upside down when storing a decorated cake; so the cake is sat on the lid and the body of the box is placed over it, much easier for getting it out unblemished.  Sorry if this is such a basic thought....but it took me years before I caught on to this icon_smile.gif

post #10 of 25
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Hi K8, I always turn one of my big plastic boxes upside down when storing a decorated cake; so the cake is sat on the lid and the body of the box is placed over it, much easier for getting it out unblemished.  Sorry if this is such a basic thought....but it took me years before I caught on to this icon_smile.gif

 

 

yeah yeah--no no --great thought!!! good stuff!!!

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post #11 of 25
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K8...yes we have those containers over here..in every size... they are great for everything caking arent they?

 

yes, your blueness--they are awesome

 

and for knitting and cutting tools and for fat cat kitty litter boxes....

 

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never ever to be returned to active duty caking!!!!! hahahahahaha

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yes, your blueness--they are awesome

 

and for knitting and cutting tools and for fat cat kitty litter boxes....

 

icon_lol.gif

 

never ever to be returned to active duty caking!!!!! hahahahahaha

 

And bloody brillant for putting over a LARGE hairy spider thats walking in the front door... until DH comes home.

You know exactely where it is - for the whole 5.25 hours... bwawawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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hey K8 - do you realise its been 8 years this month since you joined CC - icon_surprised.gif party.gificon_smile.gif

post #14 of 25
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haha I do that with with containers Bluehue haha - oh our lovely Australian insects - YUCK! haha

 

THANK YOU ALL!!! I will look out for those boxes K8 :) thank you. I usually deliver with a cake box or the larger packing boxes on non slip. :)

Bluehue the bakers crate is a great idea. :) I worked in a bakery for many years and never thought of using them for this - thankyou.

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hey K8 - do you realise its been 8 years this month since you joined CC - icon_surprised.gif party.gificon_smile.gif

 

 thank you, bluehue, cake buddy extraordinaire

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