Cakes are beautiful, delicious, and so much fun to make. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion, But what happens when you want to transport your cake long distances?
You have a few options available for transporting your cake, but the best option is the safest one- using a cake carrier. This blog post will give you 13 tips on how to transport your cake with ease safely!
Safely Transport a Cake Long Distances
- Use a Styrofoam Block
- Protect the Edges with Wax Paper
- Use a Good Cake Carrier
- Use Non-Slip Mats
- Use Large Round Board And Aluminum Foil
- Put Your Cake on a Flat Surface When Possible
- Try to Avoid Using Soft Fillings in Hot Temperatures
- Use Supports for Cakes with Multiple Tiers
- Make Sure Your Cake Isn’t Over-Frosted
- Make Sure To Pack Everything Securely
- Consider Freezing Your Cake in Warm Weather
- Consider Assembling
- Get a Good Box
1. Use a Styrofoam Block
If you need to transport a giant cake, consider using a styrofoam block as your carrier. They can hold up heavy boxes, so they won’t allow anything inside them to shift or move around during their trip.
2. Protect the Edges with Wax Paper
When packing your cake, cover each of the edges in wax paper. This will help keep the edge from getting damaged if something is dropped or bumped into it during transportation.
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3. Use a Good Cake Carrier
It’s essential to use a suitable cake carrier to transport your cake. When transporting the cake, it is best to place it in the center of the oven to have less air pressure on it.
One of the most important things to remember when transporting the cake is to keep it moist. The highest quality cakes are pliable and sticky even after being baked for an extended period.
It will be much easier to transport the cake if you line your box with parchment paper or wax paper before adding in cake layers or frosting to avoid breaking any pieces.
Always cover your cake with plastic wrap when transporting it, but make sure you remove it before serving!
4. Use Non-Slip Mats
Non-slip mats can be a life-saver when transporting cakes. They can help prevent your cake from sliding around all over your car. This way, you don’t have to worry about having someone else hold your cake or try to buckle it in.
A silicone baking mat larger than your cake will work just fine. Make sure it is placed on a smooth surface to help ensure your cake will stay in place.
You can buy non-slip mats at most craft stores, and they work very well for this purpose. They are small enough to wrap around the bottom of the cake container, which helps keep the cake from sliding around inside of it during transport.
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5. Use Large Round Board And Aluminum Foil
First, you should let your cake cool thoroughly, and for added protection, wrap it on all six sides with aluminum foil, then seal with tape. Place the wrapped cake back into its original pan and cover the top with plastic wrap before sealing it shut again with more tape for an extra layer of protection against condensation during transit.
As long as you stick to these tried-and-true packing techniques, your delicious dessert will be safe from any frosting disasters during travel time!
6. Put Your Cake on a Flat Surface When Possible
When driving, store your cake in the front seat and put a pillow or blanket on top of it to prevent it from sliding around. If you’re only transporting the cake for an hour or so, this is a good option.
But if you’re traveling for several hours, keep the cake securely in the trunk. Make sure you don’t forget to use your seat belt when carrying it out, then cross-check that the pressure is okay before hitting the road.
You can also put a sheet of cardboard or newspaper under and on top of the cake to ensure it stays in place and doesn’t shift while traveling.
7. Try to Avoid Using Soft Fillings in Hot Temperatures
To safely transport a cake in warm temperatures, try not to use soft fillings. Pastry fillings, especially cream or fruit fillings, are sensitive to heat and melt.
In addition, avoid using cream cheese filling or frosting and whipped cream frosting; these two types of fillings are perishable and more prone to melting. Buttercream frosting is often your best bet when in a hot climate as it can withstand the heat better.
Pack your cake with the heaviest items on the bottom when traveling by air. Also, avoid packing cakes taller than 9 inches as they may be subject to oversize fees.
8. Use Supports for Cakes with Multiple Tiers
If you are transporting a cake with multiple tiers, you’ll want to use supports. If you don’t have any cake supports available, there are ways to construct them at home.
You will need wood dowels, a saw, drill bits, and a decoupage glue or hot wax.
Start by cutting your dowels down to the appropriate height. You want the dowels to be thin enough so that you can push them at least halfway into the cake. Use an even number of thin dowels for each tier for best results.
The top tier may require more dowels because it’s heavier due to being on top of the other layers. You can also stack thin fondant or cardboard as a substitute for dowels.
9. Make Sure Your Cake Isn’t Over-Frosted
When you transport a cake, make sure to remove any excess frosting. If there’s too much frosting on the cake, your cake will shift and move, which can cause it to get damaged or ruined.
10. Make Sure To Pack Everything Securely
When you’re moving the cake, make sure to secure everything tightly. Bubble wrap around your cake or other packing material will ensure that nothing moves while it’s being transported.
If you need to transport food with your cake, be sure to put them in small containers so that the weight won’t break or damage any part of your box.
11. Consider Freezing Your Cake in Warm Weather
If you are traveling in warm weather, consider freezing your cake or calling the bakery beforehand to see if they can do it. This will help the cake maintain its shape and not melt. It is essential to have cream cheese frosting, whipped cream frosting, or fillings.
12. Consider Assembling
If you have a long-distance to cover before you get to your destination, you may wish to consider assembling the cake on arrival.
This may sound like a lot of work, but it will save time and effort in the long run if the cake doesn’t collapse, or decorations smudge while transporting.
13. Get a Good Box
Get a good box for the cake to prevent it from getting damaged. It should be sturdy enough that it does not get crushed or broken.
The cake should be able to touch the edges of the box because if there is no contact with any other surface, the cake will move inside the box while transporting it.
Cakes are a delicious and popular dessert for any occasion, but transporting them can be tricky. To safely transport a cake long distances without worrying about the frosting melting or it collapsing, you’ll want to make sure that your cake is secured well inside of its box.
The best way to do this is by using supports (link) between each layer. You will also need to consider what filling you use, as some fillings may melt when transported over warm-weather climates.
To avoid smudging decorations on cakes with cream cheese or whipped cream fillings, try assembling the cake once you arrive at your destination instead, saving time and effort during transportation!