Transporting Wedding Cakes
Moving a tiered cake from one location to another does not have to be difficult. In actuality, it can be quite easy! Following some simple guidelines ensures that your cake will arrive safelywhether you are traveling hundreds of miles or just a few.
Be certain the cake is constructed on a sturdy base made of three or more thicknesses of corrugated cardboard. Base tiers of very heavy cakes should be placed on a fiberboard or plywood base, 1/2 in. thick.
Cakes on pillars must be transported unassembled. Toppers, candles and ornaments should be removed from cakes when they are being moved.
For stacked cakes, move the entire assembled cake. Or, for a larger quantity of tiers, transport unassembled and assemble at the reception. Be sure to have with you the equipment and icings you will need to finish any decorating needed after assembly at the reception.
For a combination cake, take tiers apart, keeping stacked tiers as units. Boxing the cake makes transportation easier. Not only does it protect the tiers from damage, but it keeps the tiers cleanfree from dirt, dust and bugs. Place the boxes on carpet foam or a non-skid mat on a level surface in the vehicle to prevent shifting. Keep the boxes flat; never place on a car seat. Boxed cakes can also be transported in the trunk of the car, except in hot weather, because air conditioning will not reach the trunk area.
At the destination, request a cart on wheels to move the cake into the reception area. This is easier and safer than carrying by hand. Remove the cakes from the boxes on the reception table by cutting the sides of the boxes and sliding the cakes out. Bring along a repair kitextra icing, prepared decorating bags and tips, flowers, spatulasjust in case it is necessary to make any repairs.
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