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I am in a bit of a dilemma. My wedding is in a very small town so I do not have many options for who to do my wedding cake. The two closest people who do wedding cakes are both about an hour away (55 miles). One lady does delivery, but she is way out of my price range. There is no way to fit her price into my budget. The other lady is offering me a really great price and is really kind. The problem is that she is a one-woman show, and she said she does not feel comfortable transporting a cake that far. She said we could pick up the cake either the day before or the day of the wedding. She suggested that we keep the bottom two tiers and top two tiers separated and assemble the cake once we get it to the venue. She said if there are any “blemishes” from assembly, we could do a few touch-ups or add a garland of ivy or something around the bottom two layers. So basically, does anyone have any tips on how to transport the cake without a complete disaster occurring? Will adding the top two layers be difficult and will it create too many blemished to hide? Should I pick it up the day before so I can take my time getting it there, or should I have someone pick it up the day of so it will be slightly more fresh? (I will be at the venue the night before so I wouldn’t be able to pick it up the day of.) I’m freaking out about how to make this work. Thanks in advance!!
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shelbynd : well i don’t have any advice for the actual transportation or assembly (except that i would ask if you can come in one day when she’s assembling a cake to see exactly how it’s done and get tips from her). but as far as WHEN to pick up the cake, there are really two things to consider: timing and refridgeration. ideally, you’d pick it up the night before so that you’re not stressing over it the day of. however, do you/your venue have adequate refridgeration space for storing the cake? if not, then you might HAVE to pick it up the day of. if you do, then i would do it the night before. The freshness of the cake isn’t going to change – either way, wedding cakes are made days in advance of the event. Whether you get it the night before or the day of, i promise that your baker is going to have it ready the night before anyway. They are never “fresh” (and is one reason why i’m not really a big fan of wedding cake – i always find it a bit disappointing and on the dry side).
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I have transported my own homemade wedding cake and a friend”s professionally baked one.
What is the climate and what sort of frosting? Will it need refrigerated overnight? If so I’d get a friend to pick it up. If not getting it the day before won’t make a difference.
Hopefully she will box it up as all cakes need transported. Have you discussed that?
Putting it together shouldn’t be too complicated, I’m sure she can explain it. It depends on how it’s put together – using dowels (rods to strengthen the layers), pillars, a stand…
Post # 5
I did this! Almost exactly the same details as you–about 50 miles, baker wasn’t interested in doing the transportation. My cake was 3 tiers, designed to feed 150, plus a grooms cake that fed another 25. You need an SUV or large car–I used my Rav 4. No box. Completely assembled. It was on a wood stand that was just a cross section of wood, maybe an inch thick or so (rustic style). I got it the night before and had to keep it at my hotel. Once the buttercream is on, the cake is basically sealed so it stays fresh. We didn’t have issues with anything getting on the cake. Our design was simple, just ribboned white buttercream. The hardest part was that it was heavy. Other than that it was easy. Just take the drive really slow. Once we got it to the venue the day of, my florist decorated it with a few extra flowers
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We transported our own cake about 150 miles for our wedding the day before. We used a big clear tub, placing it upside down so the cake rested on the lid and the actual tub was lowered over the cake. It rode safe and sound the whole way. We had one tiny blemish umboxing, but it was easy to fix as best we could and put it on the backside.