I had my first major cake disaster today during delivery. I have delivered hundreds of cakes in all temperatures and never had a problem, but today when I opened the back of my van the entire cake had fallen over and was destroyed :( It was a three tier cake supported by a center dowel. It was all still attached, just laying on it's side. The strange thing was that the bottom cake had separated from the cardboard cake plate. The cake was structurally sound. It just came off the cardboard cake plate. It was 'glued' on to the board with frosting. The only difference with this cake and others was that it sat on a thin grease proof cardboard cake plate and that was 'glued' with frosting to a 14inch silver cake drum. I normally attach the bottom cake to the drum. The cake plate was stuck quiet well to the cake drum, but obviously something was very wrong because the cake came off of the plate very easily, except where I had glued the bottom of it with frosting. There was a clump of cake that had separated there.
I'm just trying to figure out what went wrong so that this never happens again. Like I said, I've never, ever had anything like this happen before and it was absolutely awful. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I should have taken a picture, but was too horrified that it even happened.