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Disaster! Long trip - hot day = sad me. (pictures)

post #1 of 28
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Thank goodness this cake was for a friend. Against my better judgement I agreed to take this cake from Indianapolis to Chicago. That's 160 miles. Three hours in the car. The October day turned unseasonably warm.

Sorry the second picture is so fuzzy. I was crying pretty hard and my hands were shaking badly.

They were really sweet about it, too. I think they were more upset about how upset I was. Even though I refused payment they insisted on giving me something. They gave me about half of what I had originally ask for - plus a very welcomed bloody mary.

I've looked through the disasters section on this forum and am a) going to invest in a good sized chunk of memory foam, b) be more aware of the temperature inside of the car and c) NOT deliver any more BC cakes to Chicago.


At least I was on time.



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post #2 of 28
So sorry this happened to you, you're cake was awesome pre-trip. I know how disappointed you were.
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post #3 of 28
Aww...so sad! You're super talented though; I'm very impressed. And nice salvage work! Is the memory foam to set the cake on top of?
post #4 of 28
So sorry. I feel your pain. A few weeks ago I had two Wedding cakes in 99 degree heat. The reception Hall had no air. The cake had to be fixed. The bride and Groom was there when I arrived and took pic's befor it fell again.
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post #5 of 28
So sorry this happened your cake was gorgeous. The heat and journey can just ruin everything. I hope you are feeling better now because your cake was wonderful and no matter how well we plan it can still go wrong icon_sad.gif great cake though
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post #6 of 28
beautiful, nice save
post #7 of 28
Sorry it happened to you. I had a cake yesterday and the party was outdoors. I warned them beforehand the heat would cause it to melt and droop. They insisted it was okay. I could see it getting soft and starting to droop when we left.
post #8 of 28
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Thanks, guys. I do feel much better now.

tarabara: yes, the memory foam would definitely help absorb the road vibrations. It always surprises me how much more you notice every bump on the road when you have a fragile cake riding with you!

I'm just glad my husband and I had also gotten the mom-to-be a nice gift. I would have felt like I'd arrived worse than empty-handed.
post #9 of 28
I am so sorry icon_sad.gif . Seeing what just happened to you I remember someone here on CC saying that she always travels with a FIRST AID KIT but of course it is all with cake supplies, just in case she needs to repair something.
It was a beautiful cake, and you did take pictures before disaster struck, at least you showed them how beautiful it was!
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post #10 of 28
I always chill my cakes before a trip, also did you have air conditioning in the car. No one wants to ride with me, I keep the car so cold. With a cake that small I would just place it on the floor and have the air conditioning blasting on it. I know its too late now, and am so sorry this happened to you, your cake was so cute.
post #11 of 28
I had a similar experience in Phoenix this summer and the ride was only 15 min! Since then I put it in a box, surround the cake with those flexible ice packs and seal the box. I love the idea of memory foam under the cake, Im adding that to my ritual. Sorry for you It IS a tragedy for such a sweet cake.
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post #12 of 28
Yes, make sure your cake is cold, cold before traveling. And that your car is very cold as well. The cake will have plenty of time to get to room temp...especially if you're traveling that kind of distance! Cold cake is dense cake and far less susceptible to swerves and bumps (within reason of course). Even if you use a memory foam pad, be sure your cake is on a rubber mesh pad to avoid sliding (also have one under your foam pad). I had a caketastrophe wedding cake this summer due to heat. I feel your pain!

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post #13 of 28
I'm so sorry this happened to you icon_sad.gif You would think that at this time of year we wouldn't have to worry about this kind of thing. Your cake was absolutely perfect, I've never seen such perfect basketweave and what kind of border was that you made and what tip did you use? I LOVE it. And your kitties were adorable, at least they were salvagable. Glad your friend understood, it is a long haul from Indy to Chi town.
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post #14 of 28
I'm so sorry this happened to you icon_sad.gif You would think that at this time of year we wouldn't have to worry about this kind of thing. Your cake was absolutely perfect, I've never seen such perfect basketweave and what kind of border was that you made and what tip did you use? I LOVE it. And your kitties were adorable, at least they were salvagable. Glad your friend understood, it is a long haul from Indy to Chi town.
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post #15 of 28
OHHhhhhhhh So sorry!!! It was awesome and it was a great save! I am use to high temps and delivering, I keep the cake as cold as possible before we leave and chill the car for at least 15 minutes, in the shade. Even then when it's 110+ it's tough! It might also help to box the cake, to help with condensation. icon_smile.gif
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