Transporting the Cake
Always place your cake on a sturdy base. Heavier cakes should be placed on doubled or tripled cake board, separator plate, masonite board or flat cake plate. Very heavy cakes should be placed on a fiberboard or plywood base, 1/2 in. thick.
Cakes on pillars must be transported unassembled. Ornaments, candles, and toppers should be assembled at the destination and not transported on the cake.
Stacked cakes should be moved entirely assembled. Or, for a larger quantity of tiers, transport unassembled and assemble at the reception. You to bring the equipment and icings you will need to finish any decorating after assembly at the reception.
Use a clean, covered box that is the size of your cake base. This will prevent the cake from shifting within the box and possibly crushing the sides of the cake and it will keep the tiers free from dirt, dust and bugs. You can use cake boxes purchased from a cake supply store, or use shipping boxes. If you use a shipping box, assemble the box as you would for shipping. Cut down 2 sides of the box to create a flap so that you can slide your cake into the box, then use a couple of pieces of tape to hold the flap closed during transportation. If the cake box lid cannot be closed, tape the lid to the side of the box so that the lid does not touch your pillars or decorations. This will prevent the decorations from being crushed or pillars from moving.
Place a piece of non-skid shelf liner inside the box, then place your cake on top of the liner to prevent the cake from moving within the box. If you do not have shelf liner, you can roll pieces of masking tape, sticky side out, attach to the inside of the bottom of the box, then position the cake base on top of tape. When transporting a cake on a separator plate, place crumpled foil on top of the non-skid liner, then place the separator plate on top of the foil to prevent the plate from rocking. Or you can place the crumpled foil inside a cake pan then place the cake plate on top of the foil. Place another piece of non-skid shelf liner on the floor of your car or trunk, then place the cake box on top of the liner. Keep the box flat, never place on your car seat since car seats are not level. Cakes can be transported in the trunk of the car if the weather is cool or if your air conditioning can reach the inside of the trunk. Cool your car before placing cakes inside.
Drive slow and carefully and always allow extra driving time! You can also place signs on your car that indicate you are transporting a cake.
For very heavy cakes, use a cart on wheels to transport your cake from the car to the set up area. Be careful pulling it over bumps.
To remove the cake, fold the box lid back and the side down or open the flap, then slide the cake out. Hold the cake with at least one hand under the base to keep the cake level and to prevent the cake from cracking. Bring an emergency kit containing extra icing, tips, spatula, flowers, tape, and scissors in the event you need to repair any damage that occurred during transportation.