For many cake decorators and bakers, one of the most common issues is trying to figure out How to Transport a Cake. Having made thousands of cakes and delivered hundreds of cakes, I think I've finally stumbled upon the best way to transport a cake.
For me, it's Sugarworks Cake Porter boxes.
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How to Transport a Cake
A few years ago, after making and delivering dozens of wedding cakes, I knew there had to be a better way of transporting cakes that wouldn't give me full-blown anxiety.
You see, I live in southern Mississippi where it's really, really hot (usually 75% of the year . So it wasn't just a matter of transporting them in a way that would keep them upright and protected (such as a cardboard box). I also needed a way to keep them cold or at least cool.
Air conditioning in a car wasn't enough with our extremely hot weather because direct sunlight coming through the windows still meant my cakes were at risk for melting or getting soft.
Because heat plus buttercream frosting is not a good combo, right? It's not great for fondant either. But with the trend of buttercream wedding cakes, a better way to transport cakes was a priority.
I needed something that solved multiple cake transport problems for me:
- How to transport a tiered cake
- More specificially, how to transport wedding cake
- How to transport a cake in a car
- How to transport a wedding cake long distance
- and How to transport a cake and keep it cold
Enter the Innovative Sugarworks Cake Porter. This cake holder does all of that. It also answers the question of how to transport a cake without a box.
Initially, I purchased one of these cake boxes. I currently own two small ones and two medium ones. They don't make a large Cake Porter as far as I know so I don't understand their sizing or naming but you know... whatev.
If you need a cake carrier that solves your problem of how to transport a cake, this is the one you want.
Best Way to Transport a Cake
- No other box is necessary. I can take my cake straight out of the refrigerator and put it into this box with no other packaging. This keeps it protected from dust, sunshine, or something falling on it in transit. When adding a non-slip mat under the cake board, it also adds stability.
- It keeps the cake cool (cold, even). The Cake Porter has an inside insulated box and an outside zip-up cover that is also insulated. I insert a couple of inexpensive ice packs in between the box and the insulated cover and my cakes travel for an hour or more and stay cold. When I open the box, it's like opening up a fridge and my cake is just as cold as when it left the house. Dry ice is another option if you can get your hands on it. It's not readily available anywhere near me in rural Mississippi so I stick with ice packs.
- It's easy to assemble. This cake holder is really fast and easy to assemble. It also has a locking clip for easy closing, securing, and reopening.
- It folds up for easy storage. Unlike some other cake transportation solutions, this cake transport box can be disassembled and folded flat for very easy storage that takes up very little space. This is great for a small shop or home bakery.
- It is easy to clean. Both the Cake Porter insulated box and the outside cover are really easy to clean. Just wipe them down and you're done.
How to Transport a Wedding Cake
Having a Cake Porter solves the problem of how to transport wedding cake or how to transport a tall cake of any variety. The bottom line: transporting wedding cake is now a stress-free trip for me.
With this box, you don't need any other tall cake boxes. If you watch my videos below, you'll see my husband take two different 4-tier cakes out of the Cake Porters to unload them at weddings.
After I bought my Cake Porters, transporting a wedding cake became so much less stressful. I simply make a plan to finish all wedding cakes the night before the wedding and chill them overnight.
Then I add ice packs to the Cake Porters (between the inside box and outside cover), move the cake straight from the fridge to the cake carriers, zip them up and go!
Transporting a cake became easy and my cakes stay cold and protected for every delivery!
The bottom 2 tiers (equal to the height of 5 tiers) were in the Medium Cake Porter and the top 3 tiers were in a Small Cake Porter. Both were secured with a wooden dowel before putting in the boxes. You can see full assembly photos in this post and lots of pics of the whole cake.
How to Transport a Cake with a Cake Porter
There are only two things I add to my Cake Porter that didn't come with it.
First, as previously mentioned, I buy reusable ice packs. I get these for really cheap at Walmart (or you can also get them on Amazon here) and keep them in my freezer. If you watch my assembly video below, you'll see how I use them.
Second, I use non-slip rug mats. I buy a big one that lasts me for a long time. Then I cut small squares to put inside the Cake Porter box (especially for smaller cakes) and I also spread out a large piece and put it under the entire box in the back of my SUV on a level surface. I get these specific rug mats from Walmart, but they also sell these on Amazon here.
If you have a smaller cake or the Small Cake Porter, you might even set it on your passenger seat or floorboard (I'd still use something to make sure it's level), but I don't think the Medium Cake Porter would fit in most seats.
This is a video of how I assemble and use the Cake Porter box plus share all the features I love and show you both sizes that are available:
And here are two videos merged together of my husband removing cakes from the boxes (I can't find one of him loading a cake... next time):
You can see full pics and details of the Sunflower Wedding Cake here. And here's a photo of the Gold Monogram Wedding Cake Set up:
I mentioned using the Medium Cake Porter sideways to carry groom's cakes. Both of these were transported that way:
Cowboy Groom's Cake with hat, boots, and crate (100% edible):
Large Mouth Bass Groom's Cake:
Alrighty... that's it! Now you know how to transport a cake stress free and with confidence that you'll make it to your destination with a beautiful cake intact!