Everyone loves an elaborate wedding cake. A well-designed stacked cake is the centrepiece of any wedding reception and the envy of friends and family. With the time, effort and money given to its execution, however, it's all the more vital that the cake arrive from the bakery to the site unharmed. If you must transport the cake yourself, follow these steps to prevent a wedding disaster.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Wedding cake
- Spacious vehicle
- Cardboard or plywood
- Foam matting
- Cake boxes
Make sure that you have an appropriate vehicle to transport the cake, preferably one that has plenty of floor room as well as enough height to accommodate a tall cake. Clean out the car so that you have as much space as possible.
If you are transporting the cake whole, it's vital that the cake has a sturdy base. This will be the main support of the cake. Cardboard or plywood works well. The heavier the cake, the heavier the support you will need.
Set the cake on the car floor if possible. Do not put the cake on a car seat or in the boot, lest you want the cake to melt or get squashed.
If the cake has many tiers, you will have to transport the cake in parts and assemble it on-site. Place each tier in an appropriately-sized cake box. Afterward, place each box on its own piece of foam matting on the car floor. Make sure you have all the pillars and other adornments, and put these in a separate container.
Drive carefully to your site and pick the smoothest route if possible. You'll want to avoid jostling the cake too much.
Have someone from the site help you to carry the cake indoors. Do not try to do this on your own. It's all the better if management can provide a cart. Set it carefully upon the table and perform the necessary operations and touch-ups.
Tips and warnings
- If the whole venture seems daunting, hire someone else to do it. If you are ordering the cake from a bakery, they will often transport the cake for you. There will be an additional fee for this, depending on the size of the cake and the distance to the site. However, this may be well worth it to ensure that it arrives to its destination unscathed.
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