Protecting your Cakes from Damage

Creating a perfect cake can be an incredible experience but often that cake can experience mishaps before it is presented at the event. It is important to take as many precautions as possible to ensure your cake looks the way you envisioned.

The first step to success is making sure your cake is the best it can be. Cake decorating can be compared to landscaping in some ways. In both fields you can hide errors or less than perfect foundations with a little extra covering whether it was fondant or sod! This statement is true to an extent as many cake decorators can tell stories about adding extra flowers to a corner where the fondant cracked or piping an extra wide border where gaps are too large to be visually appealing. Cake designers sometimes forget the actual cake as they get excited about showcasing their spectacular decorating skills. People will obviously remember the exterior of the cake but they will talk about the way it tastes as well.

So it is important that all the elements mesh well together to create a perfect experience from eyes to taste buds. Try to hone your baking skills along with your design skills in order to achieve the balance. If a cake does not come out of the oven the way it is supposed to try and figure out what happened and do it again.

The next step is to create a solid foundation for all your hard work. Cakes do not simply sit quietly and firmly on top of one another in stacks. They need rigid architecture based stabilizers and many dowel, cake board or pillar combinations to keep them level and steady. It is one thing to create a breathtaking cake design but clearly another set of skills that keeps that masterpiece from falling or leaning into the guests. Wedding cakes are not the only cakes that need to be stable, even a child's birthday cake should be up to the task of staying upright! Make sure you always follow correct stacking process to ensure your cake makes it to the cutting portion of the event.

If you are transporting your cake you will have to be proactive about repairing damage that might occur along the way and limit the possibility of incidents. The first tip is to transport tiered cakes as single cakes in their own safe boxes rather than in an unstable stack. The most important strategy for damage control is having a cake decorating repair kit on hand when transporting a cake. Here are some valuable things to have in your kit so that your fabulous creations make it to the event and through the set up.

  • A container of icing used for the cake
  • Piping bags filled with the icing used for the design
  • Tips used for the icing details on the cake
  • Extra design elements used on the cake such as gum paste flowers, dipped berries, cut outs and fondant ribbons
  • Dowels, separators and cake boards
  • A level, scissors, palette knife, wire cutters
  • Fondant
  • Any tools that are used when making the cake


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