Ever baked and iced a cake and then wondered how you're going to get it to its destination without messing it up or finding it stuck to the side of the container? The answer may be as simple as a few toothpicks and a sheet of plastic wrap to keep the cake safe and the icing undamaged while it's sitting in the back seat of your car.
Expert bakers might well already know this, but the fine folks at Chow have this easy tip to help you transport cakes safely without messing up the icing. Just add a few toothpicks (wooden skewers would work as well) around the top of the cake pointing out away from it, and put a layer of plastic wrap over the toothpicks to cover the cake. The toothpicks and plastic wrap will form a protective barrier a few inches away from the cake's surface so that even if it slides over to the wall of its container, it won't damage the icing you put so much effort into. When you arrive at your destination, just remove the toothpicks and smooth over the holes for a perfect presentation.
This is definitely an old trick, but it's always a good one, especially around this time of year where everyone's making cakes for others to eat. Do you do this? Have a variation on the technique? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
How to Transport a Cake [CHOW]