Traveling With Smbc

Decorating By karabeal Updated 12 Jul 2011 , 5:52pm by KoryAK

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karabeal Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 2:29am
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I'm making my daughter's birthday cake for a family party at grandma & grandpa's house this weekend. They live about a 4 hour drive away. I'd like to use SMBC as the frosting, but I'm not confident that I can keep a decorated two-tier cake very cool for the whole drive--and I don't want it to melt or slide apart. So, I'm considering having the tiers filled and crumb-coated and frozen (to defrost on the drive) and having the SMBC made up, but kept cool in a container in an ice chest. Then doing the final frosting and decorating at grandma's house.

I don't have much experience with SMBC. Do you think this is a viable strategy? Is the SMBC flexible enough (for want of a better word) to withstand some changes in temperature if it isn't on the cake yet? I'd like to do as much prep as I can before I leave home, but I also need to make sure there's an intact cake at the end of the process.

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cbiscuit85 Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 3:18am
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After SMBC has been chilled it takes a lot of mixing to get it back to the right consistency. Would you have time to re-mix it in a stand mixer at your Grandma's house? If the answer is yes I think it could be a viable option.

Would you do the crumb coating in SMBC or another type of buttercream? I would recommend crumb coating with something else to keep the cake stable during the trip. HTH

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aprilismaius Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 2:36pm
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This past weekend, I drove an SMBC plus fondant cake over 530 miles. I have driven SMBC-only cakes many, many other places, too. Use the SPS system. It's just more stable than dowels. I just purchased a CakeSafe which I love, but before I got that, I would box the cake (stacked with SPS) in a cardboard box with no slip mat at the bottom, put that into a larger cardboard box lined with no slip, and then surround with dry ice, then into the car on another no slip mat. No transport problems. Good luck.

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KoryAK Posted 12 Jul 2011 , 5:52pm
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Yep, just get it cold to start with and try to keep it as cool as possible on the ride and you should be fine. I usually travel with mine totally completed. Just make sure you bring a repair kit (as always)

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