How To Safely Transport A Cake Using Toothpicks And Plastic Wrap

How To Safely Transport A Cake Using Toothpicks And Plastic Wrap

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]


  • I used to just throw the cake into any old container.. then I bought a proper one.. one that has a little plastic tray with handles to pull up the cake and out of the container. As for keeping it safe in transport.. I might give that a try if I need to at some point.. but having those little handles to pull the cake out of the container is a great idea.

  • You can NOT bake in just any glass tray. Make sure it’s oven (heat) proof glass. Fire King, Anchor Hocking and Pyrex all make heat proof glass cooking and brwakaee.If you use a glass tray that’s not oven proof, you’ll have a huge mess in your oven when it breaks. My neighbor found out the hard way when she put a pretty glass tray of cookies in her oven to keep them warm. She had the temperature set real low, but the tray shattered after a few minutes.Not all glass is heat proof!

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