Ok.. but Emily don't you leave a cake box with the client? I leave cake boxes because often the client has left over cake that they will be taking with them and of course they want to transport it.
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I do leave boxes sometimes, just like sometimes the client picks up the cake instead of me delivering. But, it seems like most often, I'm delivering to someone's house (where the celebration will be held) and they have no need for the paper box.
My carrier idea is definitely not going to work for every occasion, but I know I would use it pretty frequently. I'm just interested in other bakers' opinions as to whether or not they would find a use for it too! :)
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I think your carrier is an interesting idea, Emily. And I could see the use for it for short transports. I however am concerned about how it would seal up and keep the cake air tight. I have had cupcake disasters with cupcakes kept sealed in a plastic carrier overnight as the moisture is trapped and causes the wrappers then to separate or the fondant decorations to wilt. What I like about a clean cardboard box is that there seems to be a balance between the cardboard absorbing extra moisture and keeping the cake protected. When i have fondant details on a cake i will also add a few silica pacs to the bottom of the box to absorb moisture. Would your plastic shell have air vents to allow for moisture to escape? I also have had more of an issue with cake carriers smelling of plastic when sealed up than paper boxes smelling of cardboard. But i'm sure that you are looking into a non-gassing, smell-proof plastic for this (too bad my Crate and Barrel big cupcake carrier didn't!) I also re-use my cardboard cake boxes for deliveries. If the client needs it, i'll leave it (under $2 from walmart), otherwise i'll take it and reuse it a couple of times if it is still in good shape. Another plus for cardboard is that I can store all my transport boxes in the space between two shelves. I don't think I have storage for a collection of plastic carriers at full size.
I'm all for finding a great reusaeable product and I applaud your idea! It does have some really good selling points, though maybe it wouldn't fit my situation and needs. I wouldn't normally go on an be negative, but I'm just sharing feedback since you asked.