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Transporting a Tall/Tiered Cake (Part II)

There are several transport options for your cake.

Transport Options

In Pan

Take tiers apart if constructed by center column or push-in leg method. Put the plates on crumpled foil or in shallow pans if they don’t sit flat. Remove pillars from tier plates. Plates remain in position.

In Box

Put the cakes in covered, clean, sturdy boxes that are sized to the baseboard of each cake. This will stop the cake from moving within the box and possibly mashing the sides of the cake. If the box is too large, roll pieces of masking tape sticky side out and link the inside bottom of the box. Put the cake base on top of the tape. The tape will keep the base in place within the box. For boxes which have to hold taller decorations, prop up top and sides and secure with masking tape.

On Foam

If tiers can’t be boxed, they may be transported on big pieces of non-skid foam. Put the foam on the floor of the vehicle, then gently put the tiers centered on each piece of foam.

At Your Destination

Before you move in the cake from your vehicle, walk the path you have to travel to the set-up location. Be alert for any holes along the way and note any small spaces you will have to maneuver around.

Be sure the cake table is level. It´s a great idea to bring a level to check this on setup day.

Ask for a cart on wheels to transport the cake into the reception area. This is safer and simpler than carrying by hand.

Take the cakes out of the boxes on the reception table by slicing the sides of the boxes and easing the cakes out.

Take along a repair kit, including extra icing, prepared decorating bags and tips, flowers and spatulas, just in case it is necessary to make any repairs.

Once the cake is put together, take a picture to show that the cake was in good condition when you left it.

 

Transporting a Tall/Tiered Cake (Part I) 

These transportation tips will help keep your cake as beautiful as ever.

Transporting a tiered cake from one place to another doesn’t have to be complex. Following some simple rules to be sure that your cake will arrive safely, regardless if you are traveling a few or hundreds of miles.

Before Moving Cakes

Be sure the cake is constructed on a sturdy base made with thick, corrugated cardboard. Base tiers of very heavy cakes must be put on a fiberboard or plywood base.

Cakes on pillars have to be moved unassembled. Candles, toppers, and ornaments must be removed from cakes when they are being transported.

For stacked cakes, transport the entire assembled cake. Or, for a bigger quantity of tiers, move unassembled and assemble at the new location.

Make sure you have the equipment and icings you need to complete any decorating needed after assembly at the final location.

For a cake that is stacked and 2-plate construction, take tiers apart, keeping stacked tiers as units.

Boxing the cake makes moving simpler. Not only does it shield the tiers from damage, but it keeps the tiers clean from dust, dirt, and bugs. Put the boxes on a non-skid mat or carpet foam on a level surface in the vehicle to stop shifting. Keep the boxes flat. Don’t put on a slanted car seat.

Before You Go

It’s also important to find out about the reception location before the affair. Knowing what to expect when you arrive can make your delivery and setup so much simpler. Contact the event location a few days before the event to get a notion of the conditions. Inquire whether the room is located upstairs or downstairs. Find out what is the best location for bringing the cake into the building.

That way you can park in the right place the first time and reduce the distance your cake has to transport from your vehicle.