The CakeSafe is a transportation system for moving cakes, large and small. Your cakes are protected from heat, rain, wind, anything airborne like dust or pollen, any sudden or unexpected movements, bumpy rides, and sudden stops. You can drive like a "normal" person, at "normal" speeds for hours and never have to worry that your cake willl melt, shift, fall, or be damaged in any way. REALLY!
The CakeSafe comes in 11 standard sizes so that we can accommodate all our bakers’ needs. You will want to take into account these factors to determine the best size for you:
Add the first 4 measurements together and this will give you the minimum height you need your CakeSafe to be. The 5thmeasurement will give you the minimum width you need your CakeSafe to be. The most important information to consider when deciding which CakeSafe to purchase is what the inside dimensions are. These dimensions are clearly indicated on each product page as well as on the chart in each image gallery.
The materials used to create the CakeSafe, and the way it's constructed, make for stress-free deliveries. The center dowel which runs through your cake, is a 3/8" stainless steel rod. It is secured both at the top and the bottom of the box. With your cake in the box, the rod runs from the top of the box, through your cake, and into the bottom base of the box. The sides are double-walled which insulates the cake from heat. When the CakeSafe is fully assembled, your cake is nearly impervious to all outside conditions.
The center dowel is a 3/8" stainless steel rod and is secured both at the top and the bottom of the box. With your cake in the box, the rod runs through the top of the box, through the cake, and locks into the bottom base of the box. When the box is assembled with all 4 sides and the top, it is extremely secure and stable. The cake is secure because the center rod makes it's own hole through each cardboard cake disk under each tier of cake and the density of the cake itself also helps hold each layer from moving. The security of your cake is not dependent on the cake itself but a combination of the cardboard disks and the fact that the center rod in the CakeSafe does not move at all.
Most bakers assemble their cakes using cardboard disks (also called cards) and some form of dowel (poly-dowels, wooden, bubble straws, etc...) to support the tiers. The dowels are generally place in a circular pattern just inside the edge of the tier going on top. If this is the way you tier your cakes, you still assemble your cakes exactly the same as you always have. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that there will be a center dowel through your cake once it is placed inside the box. If you previously have put a center dowel through your entire cake, you would use the CakeSafe rod as your center dowel instead. Do not drill a hole in your cardboard disks. It is very important that the center rod makes it's own hole through the cardboard disks.
You definitely can use plastic separator plates with the CakeSafe. The only thing that needs to be done to accommodate these plates is to drill a 2 inch hole in the center of each plate to allow plenty of room for the Cakesafe center rod to be pushed through the center of the cake. By having the 2 inch hole, it allows you to place your cake inside the box and not worry about having it exactly in the center. These pre-drilled plastic plates can be purchased on our website as Coast Plates. Between the bottom of each tier and the plate you must have a cardboard disk which is what the dowel goes through to secure each tier in place. Do not pre-drill the cardboard; the CakeSafe center rod will make it's own hole.
Yes, you can still use the CakeSafe with the SPS system but you will need to drill a 2" hole in any plastic plates (see: I use plastic separator plates). We would like to point out that with the CakeSafe you can stop using the SPS system which will save you money on each cake and will eliminate the need to get your SPS system back from the wedding venue. CakeSafe customers use simple cardboard disks and support dowels to transport cakes thousands of miles both by car and on airplanes as baggage with no movement of the cake.
Using a center dowel and non-skid under your cake is one way of moving your cake but it is not nearly as secure and safe as using the CakeSafe. There is a huge difference when the vehicle is moving on a rough road or forced to stop short. The CakeSafe securely holds the top and the bottom of the center rod so that the cake does not move at all. Without the CakeSafe, the top of your cake is not secured to anything and is free to move or fall over and potentially damage the entire cake. If the vehicle stops short, the weight of the cake will force the cake to keep moving forward causing severe damage to the cake. With the CakeSafe, this cannot happen.
The center rod is machined with a very sharp double angle on the tip which is polished. The center rod is sharp enough to easily go through 20 layers of cardboard. Pushing it through a cake with cardboard disks and multiple tiers is easy. The double angle allows the center rod to center itself in the base of the CakeSafe so you don’t have to guide it. The trick to getting the rod down through several layers of cardboard is to push it quickly and with a good amount of momentum. After you use the CakeSafe just a couple of times you will feel confident to really push the rod down very quickly.
This is Juli here.... So based on my experience, there are a couple of reasons why this could be happening. Most of them will be addressed if you make sure you are rotating or twisting the rod (sometimes a lot) while you are lifting it to pull it out of the cake. You can always contact me if you have any questions; we're here to help! Cell: 401-378-8766 or email me at: email@example.com and put ATT: Juli in the subject line.
Here’s a list of the reasons this could be happening and what to do about each one to solve your problem:
The CakeSafe works extremely well for Display or Competition cakes, or cakes with a combination of real and dummy tiers. Whenever you're using the CakeSafe with dummy layers/tiers, you need to put a large enough hole through the middle of the Styrofoam dummy so that the 3/8” center rod will slide through it easily. We've found the best method for this is using a hand held apple corer. The hole can be anywhere from ½” to 2” wide. A very sharp knife will work, but it's a little messy. Cake dummies are available with the hole already drilled at Guildcraft.
Once you've made the hole, attach a cardboard disk to the bottom for the dummy tier WITHOUT making a hole in it.
Very important; NO HOLE IN THE CARDBOARD. The reason is, you want the CakeSafe center rod to have to make it's own hole through the cardboard just as if it were a real cake tier. The snug fit of the rod through the cardboard is what holds all the tiers so securely!
You can attach the cardboard to the bottom of the dummy using a heat glue gun, double sided tape, royal icing, regular icing, anything that will hold it in place until you assemble the cake. Then just like a real cake, everything will stay "put" in place.
It is not necessary to have the cake in the exact center of the box. If you are using only cardboard disks between the layers, the cake can be anywhere inside the box and it will work properly. If you use the plastic separator plates with the 2 inch hole you will need to have the cake centered within approximately 1 inch of the center which is quite easy to do just by eyeballing it.
The center rod has a guide piece in the top of the box which makes it very easy to line up with the bottom hole. The key to this guide piece is to simply place the rod in the top of the box and just "let go" of it. The rod will naturally center itself and you then push straight down, quickly with momentum, on the rod and it will secure itself in the hole in the bottom of the box. The bottom hole in the base is tapered to guide the rod to the exact center.
The only visible hole left in the cake is on the top and about the size of your pinky finger. It is easily covered with either a cake topper or a dab of frosting.
Yes! We have tested the "tipping" capability hundreds of times with many cakes and we have never had a cake move when tipped up to 45 degrees. When we go to Cake Shows, we tip a real cake close to a hundred times to display this very feature and never has the cake moved.
Yes, the Cakesafe helps keep your cake at a stable temperature because the sides are made of a twin wall polycarbonate plastic. This is the same material used for greenhouse roofs and it is designed to offer excellent insulation quality. The box is not airtight but it does help retain your cake's temperature, limit condensation, and protect the cake from heat and humidity.
Refrigerating cakes preferably overnight will ensure the very best results when transporting any cake using a CakeSafe Box. A cold cake, especially one with soft fillings such as jams, preserves, custards or mousses will be much firmer cold and therefore stable. Having said this, it is not absolutely necessary to refrigerate your cakes. I have delivered room temperature cakes in a CakeSafe without having issues.
There are several factors to consider when deciding if we want to refrigerate a cake and whether or not it will make a significant difference for deliveries:
The Bottom Line: It IS recommended that your cake be refrigerated before placing it in the CakeSafe. Regardless of the temperature of your cake, the CakeSafe is still the safest way to transport your cake, protecting it from dust, dirt, rain, and the damaging effects of bumpy roads, bad drivers, and sudden stops! Makes me stressed just thinking about it! CakeSafe = less stress!
The CakeSafe is designed to last for many years under normal use. The original boxes are still in use today after 20 years.
It is best to have the CakeSafe up against the back of a seat. It does not need to be touching the seat but in the case of an accident the CakeSafe is prevented from moving forward and your cake should survive with out Cake-tastrophe. Having the CakeSafe free standing in the back of a van allows your CakeSafe to slide forward or possibly tip over which you certainly do not want to happen. To achieve the best possible outcome, should you be involved in an accident or have to brake suddenly, please use common sense when placing the CakeSafe in your vehicle, ensuring that it is as level and as secure as possible.
The CakeSafe is designed to disassemble for easy storage. The CakeSafe boxes, when disassembled, require just 6" of height.
The CakeSafe box is not entirely waterproof but it certainly will keep any cake dry when moved in inclement weather conditions. Moving the cake during driving rain is not a problem and your cake will stay dry and secure.
Yes, all of the parts of the CakeSafe are designed to be washed with soap and water. The top is Plexiglas, the sides are polycarbonate plastic, the bottom is high density plastic (same material as a cutting board) the center rod is stainless steel and the corner rods are aluminum.
Yes, we can replace any damaged or lost part for all of our boxes. Shop for CakeSafe Replacement Parts
Tips and Recommendations:
DO: ALWAYS LIFT THE CAKESAFE FROM THE BASE ONLY
DON’T: EVER LIFT THE CAKESAFE FROM THE SIDES OR THE TOP. ONLY LIFT THE CAKESAFE FROM THE BOTTOM!