And you thought decorating a cake was hard .Transporting cakes can be a real challenge whether in the commercial industry, or as a one-person job.Once you’ve finished decorating, placed all the fondant flowers that took days to make, it’s time to deliver it to the venue.
This is one aspect I don’t enjoy at all. My heart used to be in my mouth while driving delivering cakes especially if you also had to do school runs too. I have never had any major disaster but I know transporting cakes can be quite a hassle for bakers.
Usually, as a cake baker and decorators, you should have a clause in your terms and conditions ( I have included a sample of a standard terms and conditions for your use) that once the cake has exchanged hands to the customer, the customer is then held responsible for what happens to the cake from there on out. Such information will educate the customer, especially if the cake needs to travel a long distance, or has to be kept cool.
However, here I have listed a few tips you should bear in mind when transporting your cakes so that you avoid any cake disaster:
Tip #1: Have someone hold the Cake
If you have an extra hand, try and get the help of someone else in the car to hold / support your cake box to ensure the cake does not slide off the seat or on the floor.
Tip #2: Avoid exposing the cake to direct sunlight
Cakes should never be in direct sunlight, be sure to position the cake somewhere that won’t have sunlight directly over the cake which will cause it to melt.
Tip #3: keep Cake on a flat surface
If no one is available to hold the cake for you, it’s best to transport the cake in the flattest area possible of your car. For example, the passenger side floor in front of the seat. This way you can keep an eye on your cake if it’s an open box also.
TIP #4; Drive super careful
I think this is a no brainer. You have spent a lot of time on this cake, so even if drivers are abusing you for being too slow on the road. Ignore them.
TIP #5: Look Well Well
Before you remove the cake from the car, walk the path you will have to travel to the set-up site. Be alert for any bumps along the way and note any tight spaces you will have to maneuver around, always look around on what the ground is like while walking with your cake. You don’t want to trip do you?
TIP #6: The Car should have an AC
It’s always preferable to have an air conditioned car and turn it to full blast. Our climate is always hot or humid, so it always best to transport your precious cake in an air conditioned car.
TIP #7: Use Non-slip mats
Use Non-slip mats for the trunk or floor of your car or under each tier in the box. Most cakes are placed on a slippery cardboard base. However, when transporting a cake to the venue, this surface makes it more likely to slide around in the car.
The best way to transport the wedding cake is to place a non-slip mat under each tier, preventing the cake from moving around during transport. You can purchase one of those sticky shelf liners at most big box stores with a kitchen section.
TIP #8: Place cake in sturdy cardboard boxes
Place the cakes in clean, covered, sturdy boxes that are sized to the base board of each cake. This will prevent the cake from moving within the box and possibly crushing the sides of the cake.
If the box is too big, roll pieces of masking tape sticky side out and attach to the inside bottom of the box. Position the cake base on top of the tape. The tape will hold the base in place within the box. For boxes which must hold taller decorations, prop up top and sides and secure with masking tape.
TIP #9: Using a center dowel
Where you have separate multiple layer cakes, it is helpful to place a center dowel through the center of a multitier cake. A common practice in creating tiered cakes is the placement of a dowel in the center of a cake, to provide stability for the cake, as well as avoiding sliding during transport. You can get dowels at most cake shops.
Looking at the above, you might be getting a little overwhelmed with how much information I threw at you for transporting a cake short distance. Don’t be… it’s mostly common sense. And having common sense can save your cake’s life.
How do you package and transport such delicate cakes without bruising it? Check out this informative video to show you how.
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Till next week.