travelling a cake at 1,456 kilometer distance

Hi Cake decorators,

I have some problem that i’m trying to resolve right now, pls help me with some advice. I’m gonna make my first wedding cake for my brother in law on december. I’ts a 5 tier square wedding cake, my problem now is that the wedding will be held very far away from my place. It’s 1,456 kilometer distance from my place and we will be traveling by land and sea and it will take 3-4 days travelling time.

pls advice me what im gonna do because i am already planning of things to avoid disaster incase and if traveling the cake that far distance is hard then atleast at early im going to advice my brother in law to get a baker that is near from the place.

1. im planning to bake the cake 3 days before our first day trip in my house and bring it there. I am worried that the cakes are already rotten and its not good to eat anymore?

2. I am planning to ganache the cake then stack it in the car and put the fondant when we reach the place. Does the chocolate gnache is okay to travel that long? i am worried it will melt along the way because during the trip we need to stop by a hotel to sleep over then move again.

3. can I travel with airplane bringing those cake with ganache or with out ganache? i am worried with the charge? travelling by plane is my second option but i need to explain it with my hubby if its okay with him to travel separate because he needs someone to be with him while travelling that far. I feel not safe driving alone with my only daughter in the car and im in the plane.

4. ganaching and putting the fondant while traveling is not an option because im sure the it will destroy because of the humid we have here in our country.

your response is very much appreciated..thank you!

-- dorisanne

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Joanne Wieneke

I checked from your profile your location and its says you’re from Manila… I have travelled with my cakes in the plane and drove with them too (from USA to Manila).
It is best to use a pound cake or a dense cake (fruit cake or dense chocolate cake) instead of the lighter cake types as they stand to be more sturdy even at room temp. Bake your cakes ahead and wrap each cakes well with plastic wrap and freeze them. When you are about to travel, take them out of the freezer and place them securely in a thick box or styrofoam/insulated box, it will help the cakes stay cold until you reach your destination, should you have stopover, do not be tempted open the boxes to check them, they will be fine in the box. if you will check-in the cakes, what I do is I put each cake frozen in a cookie tin, and slip it in the luggage with each tin wrapped and tucked under my clothes to be secure. Torte and fill, ice and ganache and decorate your cake in your destination. Bring most of your important cake deco tools and materials. Goodluck!


hi, JO..thank you very much and im very very greatful in your reply.It really helps me a lot.reall really helps me. I started baking seriously and accept order just last year and im loving it.

the bride requested a carrot cake and i think this is okay because this cake is sturday and chocolate cake (i need to google a good dense chocolate cake.)my chocolate cake recipe is so moist and easy to break..

thanks a million..