Have you ever noticed that some of the most beautiful wedding venues have THE WORSE driveaways? The craters and potholes wouldn’t look out of place in a WWII movie. You slow to an almost stall pace, you weave carefully around each ravine, you’re overtaken by a granny on a mobility scooter, only to find, looming ahead, the mother of all Speed Bumps.
Even though you’re travelling at just 3 miles an hour, it feels like you’re a stunt man for the Dukes of Hazard!
With all the best will in the world, there will be times that you deliver a cake only to find that the dreaded driveway of hell has shaken some of your decorations loose. Even if you planned on assembling on-site, there are times that decorations still get damaged.
So, packing a CAKE EMERGENCY KIT is an absolute must for all Cake Decorators.
Here are my 10 MUST-HAVE items to carry in a Cake Emergency Kit
1: Pre-Prepared Icing Bag & Nozzle, filled with Royal Icing
I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times that I’ve been helped out of a sticky situation by a bag of royal icing. Can be used to fix decorations in place or fill minor cracks in the sugarpaste (obviously take along a bag in the same colour as your cake).
You will want the Royal Icing to be of an ‘Outlining’ consistency: For tips on making Royal Icing and consistency, see Royal Icing 101 on Make Bake Celebrate.
2. A tub of Cocktail Sticks
Can be used as a mini tool with the Royal Icing, or to position decorations in the right place (such as inserting in a cake topper). If you leave the cocktail stick in the cake, then make sure you let the venue know so that it can be removed on cutting the cake.
3. A small bottle of colourless spirit (such as Vodka)
No, it’s not for swigging on when you’re fixing the cake… although I have no issues with this when you get home!
Sometimes small marks and blemishes on the cake can be removed using a (clean and new) cotton earbud and a tiny amount of clear spirit. Gently wipe the blemish with the damp bud: It works a bit like an eraser. The alcohol evaporates and leaves no taste.
Of course, you’ll need to ensure that using a tiny amount of alcohol on the cake is fitting for the religion of the couple (as some religions completely ban the consumption of alcohol).
4. Cotton Earbuds (see #3)
5. Pair of small scissors
You never know when you might need to trim a decorations or fraying ribbon.
6. Double-Sided Sticky Tape
Depending upon how you attach your ribbon to your cake drum, you might want to take along a roll of double-sided sticky tape. If the ribbon starts to come free from the drum, reattach using the tape and secure with a pin.
7. Box of pins (see #6)
8. A Spirit Level
Never be defeated by a wonky table again! Whip out your spirit level and work out whether it’s your cake that’s leaning or the furniture. Either way, you need to do something about it!
9. Pair of Tweezers
For delicately reapplying any loosened decorations.
10. Spare decorations
In case anything breaks on route – have two or three spares with you
11. Rubber Gloves
For handing the cake or any decorations.
12. Clean, lint-free cloth
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned up to stunning 5 Star Wedding venues only to discover their cake stand is FILTHY! Always handy to have a lint-free cloth to buff up a shine on the stand!
Mishaps will happen, but is you have a great emergency kit with you then you’ll be able to fix the problem without anyone noticing. If you come prepared (and don’t panic) you won’t have to sneak out of the building with your fake moustache and glasses on!
Have your say…
Have I missed anything off of the list? what has been your worst experience of delivering a cake? Add your comments below.