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.
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.
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.