One of the realities of having a cake decorating business in the western foothills of Maine, is that quite often you have to deliver cakes to the western mountains of Maine. With Sunday River Skiway just 20 miles away, we often find ourselves delivering wedding cakes to various venues perched high atop lofty peaks. Transporting these multi-tiered works of art up inclines where even mountain goats fear to tread can be, to say the least, quite stressful.
This is where the CakeSafe comes in. If you don’t know, the CakeSafe is an ingenious contraption whose sole existence is to aid in the transportation of cakes especially when that special couple wants their ceremony on top of Everest. With the CakeSafe you can actually tip your cake up to 45 degrees and possibly more without the cake even moving. Legend is that these upside down cakes you see with the smaller tiers on the bottom were invented when someone inadvertently tipped their CakeSafe 180 degrees and then removed the cake. Despite being completely upside down the cake never moved!
You can find the all you need to know about the CakeSafe here: CakeSafe Website. It is a remarkable weapon every cake decorator who delivers should have in their arsenal.
But I digress, this blog is about how I solved the one shortcoming I have found with the CakeSafe, which is, it can be difficult to carry. (In all reality the shortcoming may be my big belly and T-Rex arms but this is my story and I’ve chosen to blame the CakeSafe.) Now I can’t say anything about the complete line of CakeSafes but I do know that the model we have, the Small/Tall, is rather bulky and blocks my view of the ground when carrying it. Although I haven’t dropped it yet I am always concerned that I am going to trip on something that I can’t see and lose my grip on the CakeSafe which by the law of cause and effect would result in Dorene losing her grip on reality.
So Dorene shopped around and found a small collapsible cart at Walmart for less than $90. (Link for cart below.) The cart was just the right size for our CakeSafe but the CakeSafe did not quite fit in or on the top tray of the cart. However, upon careful inspection I realized that with a couple of modifications I could solve the problem and also have a good excuse to get out the saw and drill and do some tinkering.
I could tell that the CakeSafe would sit down into the tray quite nicely if I sawed the protrusions off of one side of the top tray. (See attached photo.) After making the cuts I found that the CakeSafe now fit in the tray but its feet were longer than the tray was deep. Using a 1.5″ hole saw I cut 2 holes on either end of the tray making one a little elongated to give myself a little leeway on the accuracy of my measurement. (See attached photo.)
Now the CakeSafe sat down in the tray snugly and the holes for the feet had the added benefit of literally locking the CakeSafe into place. You can quite forcefully jerk the cart back and forth and the CakeSafe does not even budge! But just to be on the safe side, you should probably only forcefully jerk the cart back and forth when there is no cake in the CakeSafe.
Another benefit of it locking into place is that you can disassemble the CakeSafe and use just the bottom piece as a platform to transport other cakes which will not fit into the cart’s top tray. And as you can see in the attached photos the cart has 2 other trays which can be used to transport all the little extras one should have handy when delivering a cake.
A shout out to Scott and Juli Chapin, CakeSafe and Yankee Ingenuity.
***This blog deals with this particular cart and the Small/Tall version of the CakeSafe. Cart link below is for Walmart, but cart can be purchased elsewhere. ***
(Blog post submitted by Kurt Vail)