How To Transport A Cake

All good things come with good preparations. When making and transporting a cake, you need to take careful consideration. 

You need to make sure that you take care of your cake properly. You need to think about all matters.

These include chilling your cake helps to prevent icing from melting and having your frosting chilled.

Also, having a clean surface and piping designs will help to prevent smudging too.

Make sure your cake board is a little bigger than your cake. You should also double, triple, or quadruple your cake board to give yourself more stability.

Don’t use a regular cake board made of cardboard stock. Use a sturdy cardboard box instead. 

Packaging your cake is an extremely important part of preparing it for transport. A box should be large enough to fit your cake, but not too big or too tall.

Your box should also be long and wide to prevent damage. Bring extras such as buttercream, so you can repair any cracks made during transport.

Then, it’s time to bring your cakes to an event or, in some cases, a venue provider. He or she will make room for it.

Don’t transport your cake before confirming the venue has enough room to store it. Call ahead about storage space, and measure your cake to be safe.

The Different Ways To Transport A Cake

Cake Box

A cake box is the most obvious way to transport a large cake. A cake box is sturdy and provides good support.

You should be able to carry a 6-8″ cake box easily by its handles or strings. If your larger cake is heavy, you can still use an 8-10″ cake box.

Just make certain that you lift your cake off of the bottom and keep one arm on the bottom so that the cake does not fall apart.

Cake Carrier

Cake carriers are great for transporting cakes. They are very useful for transporting tall tiered cakes.

Cake carriers can also help protect your cakes while in transit. Transportation is an important part of cake delivery.

You need to consider what kind of transport you will use when delivering your cake. Make sure you pack your cake securely.

Be careful when transporting your cake because it could move around if you aren’t careful. Do everything you can to prevent this from happening.

Non Slip Mat

Non-slip mats are great for cakes! Place them under cakes before driving. Make sure you put the mat down first, then place the cake onto the mat.

This ensures that your cake won’t slide around while you’re driving.

You need to use a silicone baking mat if you want your cake to turn out perfectly round. Silicone mats are available at any kitchen store.

Cake Stand

You can put your cake directly on the table without using a stand, but we recommend using a cake stand.

Cake stands are decorative pieces that often come with a glass cover, but they aren’t necessary for serving cakes.

A cake stand can be awkward to transport, however, so make sure you pack light when you go to an event.

A plate should be larger in circumference than your baking sheet.

Toothpicks should be inserted into your cake, around its perimeter, to create support for the foil too.

Toothpicks won’t stick directly into cakes or cupcakes, so they’re perfect for preventing sticky things from sticking to them.

You can also use toothpicks to make sure your cupcake doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of your plate.

How To Transport A Cake In A Car?

To transport a cake in a vehicle, find a level surface to place the cake.

Keep one hand (preferable both hands) on the cake container to prevent it from sliding too much.

We prefer placing the cake on our lap while holding the handle with one hand and the base with another.

This allows you to hold the cake securely when you know there is going to be a sudden stop or bump.

Your car should be kept as cold as possible too for certain ingredients such as chocolate. This is so the cake doesn’t melt.

How To Transport A Cake On A Bike?

You can transport your cake on a bike by placing it on the back rack.

However, you shouldn’t use a helmet as a carrier because it could cause damage to the cake (yes, some people do this!)

Instead, try using a tape to attach the cake box to the carrier securely.

How To Transport A Cake Without It Melting?

Put 2 ice packs in each pocket or compartment of the bag.

Keep in mind the temperature both inside and outside the vehicle. To avoid melting, cakes should be kept cool.

Tips When Preparing Your Cake

Cake layers can be made of buttercream. This is great for building a string cake that shouldn’t collapse and break in transport.

Pastry cream or any other type of filling needs to be kept cold, however. 

In some cases, the person who ordered the cake may insist on a certain type of filling.

In these cases, you should put a border of butter-cream around the edges of each layer, and load the center with the soft fillings.

This will help prevent the cake from slipping out of place during transport. A cake is a delicious treat, but it can be fragile.

To protect it, you can add layers of frosting or icing too. And, this is tasty! By adding these layers, your cake will become stronger and better protected.

Think About Your Decorations 

Decorations should be sturdy enough to withstand transportation.

Flowers made of gum paste or fondant are more likely to survive than those made of whipped cream.

Gum paste flowers can be added to cakes once they arrive at their destination, however. Fondant flowers can be added once the cake has already been baked.

Final Thoughts

Transporting a cake can be a stressful ordeal, especially if it’s for an important occasion.

However, if you follow these steps correctly and purchase the tools required such as a cake carrier or non-slip mat, then you will have no issues in transporting your cake. 

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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