(Closed) Transport smallish cake myself 2.5 hours to reception venue?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Why don’t you do your initial contact by phone, so you can ask them your questions, then get their email and continue contact that way?

We are having only 50ish people too, and I am having them deliver our cake so I don’t have to hassle with it. They are about the same distance away that you are considering. I am paying extra for delivery and setup, but we feel it is totally worth the extra cost, just in case something should happen to the cake.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Call the local bakeries by phone.Even if they don’t have a website, some of them will have personal email addresses through which you can communicate.

If you can’t find a baker in the town you will be married in, you will have to look further afield.

If the town you are getting married in is close(within reasonable driving distance), is there someone else who could pick it up for you?

I have made and delivered wedding cakes. The key is careful prep and packaging. Use non slip drawer liner between the cardboard cake plate and the box, and between the box and the floor of the car.

You cannot place the box on the seat- it will not work!

The layers should be separate and will require assembly on site.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, pay a bit extra to have it delivered.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Let me know what you find out about how it would work to transport the cake.  We have a gift certificate for a cake place in Greenville but are now getting married in Charleston (probably 3 hour trip) and were also wondering if it’d be ok to transport it that far.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Internet reviews can be iffy. If there are a lot of negs, then definately don’t go with them, but remember that usually people only review if their experience was negative. You still have some time before you have to decide on your baker. I would definately schedule time to do the tastings yourselves. Tastings are fun and I highly recommend them.

Our baker is almost 3 hours away and is charging $100.00 for delivery and setup, but for us it is totally worth it, so that we don’t have to worry about something happening to the cake. If there is a minor issue with the cake, since they are delivering it, they will be able to make sure the issue is fixed.

We went with http://www.mikesamazingcakes.com

They were featured on WETV. And they are not that expensive. In fact they are less expensive per slice than some of the other bakers we were looking at. They make their cakes and delivery them all over the country. I don’t know how much they charge for that, but it might be an option for you. Their cakes are awesome.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Another thing to consider is having a cascading cake instead of a tiered cake. (See picture below.) If you are assembling the cake yourself at the site, this will avoid the need for feats of engineering. 

The cascading cake also gives you more flexibility in bakeries.  I’ve seen it done with even grocery store cakes.  You just get them in four different sizes, and put them together yourself.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I actually thought of that after I posted.  Our wedding is much smaller now so we could probably opt for a smaller but nice cake and use the gift card for delivery too.  The gift card is for $500 and we have about 24 guests so it should be doable if they’ll drive that far to deliver.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I know, we were so worried about the cake cost and being able to get something nice on top of everything else then my mom actually bid on the gift certificate in an auction for next to nothing then surprised me with the news that she had won it for our wedding.  So it’ll be nice if we can still use it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

For everyone who has posted on this I have a question that’s related.  If the delivery doesn’t pan out how we would like would it be easier to have a one tiered cake with a bunch of cupcakes? I trust us more to put together a cupcake tree with a small cake on top than to put together a multi-tiered cake.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here is a cupcake holder with a cutting cake on top:

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