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How do I prevent a cake from falling apart?

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Hey guys! This is my first time post here.  I have been baking cookies and mini little things for a little over 13 years.  And it was only last year that I have made a living out of baking.

 

Anyway, a friend who happens to be a wedding coordinator just booked me a wedding cake gig! Not that I haven't made wedding cakes but this one is a little different from the rest of the cakes I've made.

 

The couple said they want butter cake. I have no problem with the sizes in diameter, but I kind of have an issue with the height.  They want 8 inches in diameter for the lower part of the cake and want it 12 inches in height. For the upper portion (2nd tier), they want 6 or 7 inches in diameter and 8 inches in height.

 

My issue here is they are picking up the cake from my house at 7AM and will travel 2 hours to get to the location.  

 

I have a feeling that it's going to fall apart. Especially the weather in the Philippines is unbelievably hot this time around. Plus butter cake is too heavy.  

 

This may be crazy but I don't think dowels will work to keep the cake intact. But is there any other way or tips you can give me so this cake will reach it's destination intact?  or should I tell my coordinator friend that we should lessen the height of the cake?

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This sounds too risky, how are the roads there? I would consider decorating on site. I heard of a story where a decorator was transporting a cake about the same distance and it started falling apart and there was nothing she could do about it. Had to refund the bride all the money. Plus she went to a bakery who allowed her to order and semi decorate a cake there. Especially since you're not experienced and you want to make a good first impression, I would really count the costs on this one.
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Have you thought about freezing it?  That should help it hold up better for transport.  I've never tried it myself, but many people here swear by it.  The only difficulty is fitting a cake that size in your freezer!
 

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Originally Posted by Lfredden View Post

This sounds too risky, how are the roads there? I would consider decorating on site. I heard of a story where a decorator was transporting a cake about the same distance and it started falling apart and there was nothing she could do about it. Had to refund the bride all the money. Plus she went to a bakery who allowed her to order and semi decorate a cake there. Especially since you're not experienced and you want to make a good first impression, I would really count the costs on this one.

 

Roads are terrible here. I actually can't come decorate on site since I have a thing to do on the same day of the wedding. And I had that schedule before this cake came.  If it was just within the city, it's a lot easier.  But I told my coordinator friend that I can only do the cake if it's smaller plus if we use marshmallow frosting.  They originally wanted buttercream or creamcheese but when they told me that they are picking up the cake at 7AM and the reception is at 6PM plus, there's no fridge or any type of cold storage, I said, those two frostings are out of the picture. Also, I told my friend we can

 

That must've been a disaster. I don't mind refunding. But just to know you've ruined someone's special day is the worst part of it all. I'm going to kill myself if I let anything like that happen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by LizzieAylett View Post

Have you thought about freezing it?  That should help it hold up better for transport.  I've never tried it myself, but many people here swear by it.  The only difficulty is fitting a cake that size in your freezer!
 

 

I've thought about freezing it, but yes, that's my problem. I need a huge freezer! Hehe!

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