How to Ship a Competition Cake
Last month I finally took the plunge and entered my first cake competition. I chose to attend “That takes the cake sugar art show and cake competition” in Austin, Texas for a few reasons. One being I hear its super duper fun and two, it’s not on the other side of the country. I felt like now was a good time to test out some ideas I had been gathering over the years on how to successfully pack up a show cake onto a plane and ship it to a cake competition.
All these years, that is what has been holding me back. You see, I don’t like to drive so I am most definitely NOT going to drive countless hours across country, white knuckling all the way. There had to be a way to SHIP a cake!
I did a lot of research on this particular competition and found out that I didn’t have to make the entire cake out of actual cake, I could use styro to represent the parts that would have been un-sculpted cake and I could use Rice Cereal Treats for the “sculpted cake” part as long as I included in process photos of the structure to show how it could be created into actual cake.
Here a few photos of how I created my cake! (ps I won first place in the show cakes division, not too bad for my first competition! Too bad my flight back home left before I had a chance to accept my award!)
If you want to purchase the full tutorial on how I made this structure, you can buy it on my etsy The tutorial also covers how I made the box to pack up the cake, check it onto my plane and have it arrive safely in Austin.
Here are a few photos of the box making process
I have created a video on the whole process of making the box for shipping a competition cake. You can view it on my patreon page. For as little as $1 you can have full access to the video, templates, behind the scenes photos and more
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