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 Transporting a Wedding Cake 
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Post Transporting a Wedding Cake
by: Chris Thompson

So you have created your wedding cake masterpiece and now you need to deliver it to the actual reception. The fun begins! Transporting a cake can be a stressful and disastrous venture if the proper precautions are not taken to ensure its safety. Here are few tips for successfully and safely delivering a wedding cake.

1. Ask for Help. Most wedding cakes are rather large with numerous layers and pieces. This creates more potential for disaster. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in transporting the cake to and from your vehicle. It may be all of 20 feet, but an extra pair of hands can make the difference between a secure delivery and white frosting on the concrete.

2. Add Accessories at the Location. Wait until you arrive at the wedding location to add any jewelry, figures, or other pieces of décor. These can easily fall off during transport and disturb other parts of the cake.

3. Separate the Cake into Tiers. Moving the cake in multiple tiers is safer, given that you are removing the impact that gravity can have upon the cake. Keep in mind that this will require you to arrive a bit early to the venue in order to assemble the cake, but having the cake arrive intact is more of a priority.

4. Transport the Cake in a Large Box The cake box should be padded with foam or cloth at least two inches thick. You can use skewers or even duct tape to secure the foam to the box. The padding helps support the cake, but will also serve as heat insulation. The closer the box is to the size of the cake board, the better the support. Secure the cake board to the bottom of the box with tape or dowels. If the cake board is smaller than the box, you can secure more dowels between the edge of the board and the sides of the box to prevent sliding.

5. Consider Your Refrigeration Needs Ahead of Time. Some cakes, like buttercream, sponge and ice cream cakes, should be moved as quickly as possible to prevent melting, then immediately placed in the fridge at the venue. Monitor the weather online a few days out in order to account for a possible heat wave. If you know that the day of the event will be rather warm, then consider packing ice in order to keep the cake intact.

6. Drive carefully. An obvious one, but ensure that you are keeping an eye out for speed bumps, pot holes, tight turns, and of course, your speed. Consider driving the route prior to the day of the event in order to find a safe and smooth route.

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Chris Thompson is a restaurant industry veteran with more than five years of wearing numerous hats in a foodservice setting, including server, food prep, dishwasher, and marketing. Currently, Chris works with as a marketing professional and is learning the art of promoting restaurants in a new and dynamic marketplace.
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