I've heard a lot of people say they pack a damage control cake kit when they drop off wedding cakes and other big ones. I'm just curious what some of you lovely decorators keep in yours? What is your go to tool for emergencies?
I've only delivered a few 3 tier cake where I did not stay and cut/serve the cakes. (Hobby Baker--free cakes...)
For the cakes that I left at the event:
One ea Dollar Store 12" bread knife
Copy of Indydebi's cutting instructions:
A paper detailing which cake is which flavor. (I usually make fancy little folding cards or something to be near the cake.)
A pair of non-latex gloves
Then I talk to the person who will be cutting the cake and tell that person about the dowels, etc. AND how large each size should be to get the recommended number of servings.
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If I'm cutting the cake, I will bring pre-filled pre-colored, piping bags with tips in case I need to do any buttercream repairs. I also bring a pink bakery box for the party people to use if there is any leftover cake they wish to give away or take home. I bring a cardboard box and some pre-dampened paper towels for wiping the knife and trash.
Sorry, won't let me use the edit feature. I always bring gloves, plastic forks, small paper plates and a new 12" bread knife in case the idiots, uhmmm, I mean, the darling friends/family didn't think to bring anything bigger than a plastic picnic knife; plus the stuff listed above when I'm cutting the cake.
Disposable piping bags and tips used on the cake
floral wire and tap
a few paper towels
It depends on the cake, but in general:
- Disposable gloves
- Royal icing (for any decorations that come loose)
- A piping bag fitted with quick release adaptor and a few tips
- Spare flowers if it's a floral cake
- Fondant smoother (you never know)
- Spare decorations that tend to get loose (pearls, etc)
- Dusting pouch (sugar/cornstarch)
- Edible glue (when RI is not appropriate)
I think that's about it - otherwise it's just situational. I don't carry around spare cakes like cake boss :)