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asked June 24th 2012

transporting wedding cake

Hi guys, Im doing my first wedding cake for friends later in the month.  They are having a quiet family meal after the ceremony then moving on to a separate venue for their evening reception, yes you guessed it, the bride wants it at both venues!!  Its three tiers and I am a guest at the wedding so I am pretty nervous bout all that moving to say the least!!  Any suggestions very welcome, also, for future wedding cakes, is it a general rule that the cake decorator delivers and sets up wedding cakes?  Do we build a price in for this  or is it an add on? thanks so much I LOVE this site xx

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Hi guys, Im doing my first wedding cake for friends later in the month.  They are having a quiet family meal after the ceremony then moving on to a separate venue for their evening reception, yes you guessed it, the bride wants it at both venues!!  Its three tiers and I am a guest at the wedding so I am pretty nervous bout all that moving to say the least!!  Any suggestions very welcome, also, for future wedding cakes, is it a general rule that the cake decorator delivers and sets up wedding cakes?  Do we build a price in for this  or is it an add on? thanks so much I LOVE this site xx

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Hi Loufairy 1, transporting cakes can be nerve racking especially when you’re a guest. I agree with lesleya about delivering stacked and tiered cakes – if you have the choice better to have them tiered but brides usually have the final say lol. When delivering a stacked cake make sure you use plenty of dowels (at least nine). Try and keep the cake as cool as possible and make sure its out of direct sunlight.

Use the deliver and set up of your cake as a selling point as it removes any doubt from the brides mind about how / when it will be delivered. Make sure you take a photo of the cake once its set up and always get a signature and name.

Always good to send a bride a card (we sent one with a lotto ticket) the week before the wedding so it puts there mind at ease and gives you loads of brownie points.

Good luck. Px

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Hi loufairy 1   For tiered cakes with pillars transport the layers separtely and assemble on site and for stacked cakes you can buy a stacked cake box put a some thing under the cake to stop it from sliding in the box take royal iceing ex dec’s with you for miss hap’s  build a price into the cost of the cake I also put a large sign in my car    ”please pass wedding cake on board thank you”    good luck

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Aw thanks Paul and LesleyA, I hadnt realised I had answers til now when I searched again! lol, The stack boxes are a great idea but I cant get one now…..left it too late, however I am going to set up before I leave, with the help of my husband!!, and take some royal icing just in case, (dont know if my icing bag will fit in my wee clutch bag lol) and prob wont fully relax til I am at the second venue and the cake is eaten. he he, thanks so much I LOVE CAKE and THIS SITE!!!!