First Time Wedding Cake

Discussion in 'Cakes' started by Abby126, May 9, 2018.

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    Abby126 New Member

    May 9, 2018
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    Hi! I'm making a good friends wedding cake this summer for about 80 people. Does anyone have any recommendations for transporting a 3 tiered cake 2+ hours away in August??! I live in Maryland where it gets super humid...thanks for any advice in advance! Happy Baking!
    Abby126, May 9, 2018
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2017
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    Northern California
    Welcome to the forum.

    Oh you have your work cutout for you.

    Here’s some tips on transporting cakes.

    Pack an emergency cake repair kit. Include tools for assembly and repair. Extra decorations, fondant, buttercream

    Dowel all your tiers. Even if the top tier is just 6”, run a center dowel through it. Two hrs on the road during summer vacation when everyone is heading to the shore means you may hit your brakes a few times. If the cake is jolted during the drive, the layers may slide if the tiers aren’t doweled.

    Assemble the tiers on site. Do not try to transport a fully assembled multi-tier cake that far.

    Place each tier in a good quality cake box. Then place the cake boxes in an insulated cardboard box. See link below on DIY insulated cake box. Just make them large enough for each tier.

    Given the distance, I would chill the cake tiers overnight.

    If it’s a fondant covered cake, read Erica O’Brien’s blog post on how to refrigerate a fondant covered cake. Link below. Also look up her method on repairing fondant just in case you need to do a repair. Link below.

    Two hours drive is just the beginning—the cake won’t be sliced for several hours after arriving at the venue, so you want the cake to remain cool for as long as possible. Contact the venue to find out whether climate control storage is available once you deliver the cake. If not, you may need to put dry ice in the insulated boxes.

    Blast the air conditioner for 10 minutes before loading the cakes into the car. If you use the trunk, put the seats down to allow the cool air to circulate to the trunk. Then check the temperature before you load the cakes.

    Do not place the cakes on the car seat. Place the cake box on the floorboards or in the trunk. Trust me on this one, it’s experience talking here. Use the floorboard.

    Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells non-skid mats in the rug department. You’re going to need non-skid mats in the cake boxes and under them. Just buy a big mat and cut pieces as needed.

    Place a piece of non-skid mat in the cake box, then place the cake board on it. Secure the box.

    Then place a piece of non-skid mat in the insulated carrier box, then place the cake box on it.

    Then place non-skid mat on the floorboards/trunk before loading the boxes in. I like to tuck rolled up towels around the boxes to take up as much space around the box as possible. The non-skid pads and towels work well to keep things from moving.

    Just one last thought...if it’s a naked cake, you have about 4 hrs top to slice and serve. Beyond that and the cake may get pretty dry due to air exposure.
    Norcalbaker59, May 9, 2018
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    KatsInTheKitchen Member

    May 16, 2018
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    This is the greatest tp for keeping cakes COOL during the Summer season

    You would be using 3 smaller boxes as assembling on site is the smartest way to go.
    I live in Florida so this video was a great find. Norcalbaker59 hit all the rest of the crucial points!!
    KatsInTheKitchen, May 24, 2018
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    Leofric New Member

    Apr 30, 2018
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    I was recently voluntold to make a wedding cake - my first wedding cake! And there were several things I learned that might be useful 1. choose a cake recipe you are comfortable with - don't fall for the the bride really really wants this recipe unless you know that you can pull off the recipe. I was stuck with a French Pound cake recipe that was an absolute failure when I did the test run. Luckily, I was able to improvise a recipe together that followed the family recipe while giving me the required height (first recipe baked up wholly flat, tasted great but was flat.) but still retained the desired taste and texture.

    2. Are any other desserts being served, and does the cake server know about wedding cake servings? We had enough cake for 200 with the strawberry shortcake being served if the slices were less generous. So with only 109 guests, I was expecting at least one tier of wedding cake and one whole strawberry shortcake to come home. Nope there was 1/2 an 11 inch cake round left. Thank goodness there weren't more guests.

    3. Settle with the Wedding couple their cake desires asap. I was told the bride was OK with a two tier cake, but found out later she really wanted a three tier cake which changed how I approached the structuring of the cake. In fact, the bottom layer of the wedding cake was my standard 1234 cake tarted up with lots of orange rind.

    4. Weather and all butter buttercream - if you are going this route - if possible ice the cake at the reception or at least crumb coat the cakes and put the initial layer of frosting. I had crumbed coated and frozen the cakes but did the final icing at the reception hall in 27 C heat with an iffy air conditioner so I got the weird thing of the icing freezing on the frozen cakes but melting in the icing bag. As someone who doesn't loving piping, I soon realized that the simple design planned for the cake would be a failure so I taught myself how to pipe and with a sterling silver candy dish and fresh flowers pulled off a very nice cake - but it was damn scary for a while.
    Leofric, Jun 5, 2018
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    Becky Administrator

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    What a great word! :D Glad to hear the cake turned out well, despite all the stress.
    Becky, Jun 5, 2018
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