Have Cake will Travel
Over the past 30 years, I have delivered wedding cakes by auto, bus, plane, and boat. It’s always a pressure-filled challenge, even on the shortest trips. Many of the longer more intense trips are special creations for family and friends. It’s no secret that I love being a part of these celebrations, with a cake, of course . Many times I am struck off-guard by the bride “you are making my cake, right?” With “no” not really a part of my vocabulary, I prepare for the journey . Limitations and all, I wouldn’t want them to eat someone else’s cake.
Each trip I learn something….years ago I transported 2 tiers of fondant covered cake through security and into the overhead compartment to Aruba. When we arrived, the cake needed some TLC. I assembled and fixed all the bumps with the sweet and helpful kitchen staff at the Westin. They provided edible local flowers to cover all the bumps from the transit. It looked adorable and much improved with their help.
This last trip to Kansas City didn’t seem as daunting. I packed the layers and some vital tools of the trade and shipped them ahead of my arrival. I was convinced this time would be a breeze. I would make the frosting and assemble the cake in my cousin’s kitchen the day before her wedding. Tight quarters, family hovering and lack of adequate refrigeration space were challenges, but it all worked out. Good thing I packed that travel turntable! Again, hospitality pros at the hotel were truly amazing and even checked the cake into their refrigerators overnight. This was a first, a baggage claim ticket for a cake! Taking a break before the next trip… wherever it leads.