Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Summer is finally here and with the UK slowly coming out of lockdown, celebrations have never been so popular! In this blog, I am going to share with you some tips that you might want to consider.
Once you have ordered a cake for your event, the last thing you want to happen is for your cake to melt before your very eyes and trust me, it can very easily happen! So whether you have having a vegan cake or a regular one these tips can be applied to both.
When you think of the nature of vegan spread or butter, it firms up when it is in the fridge and softens when it is at room temperature and the same applies to a vegan or butter based frosted cake. If your cake sits in a warm environment for too long, it will start to soften and will eventually melt. With cakes and its assortments now being the centre point and attraction for spectators and pictures, you want to minimise and prevent any mishaps from happening.
As a baker, preparing and delivering cakes in warm temperatures comes with its own challenges but where there is a will, there is a way!
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Whether you are having your celebration in a hall, a venue or in a back garden, you need to think about it in a practical way. Does the hall or venue have air conditioning? This is a very important factor to consider as cakes love air-conditioning on a warm day and although this cannot be 100% risk free, it significantly reduces the likelihood of your cake melting. When you set up the cake table, ensure that it is away from direct sunlight and heat. If you have any drink, gift or food tables, ensure that they are not too close to the cake table as you do not want your guests hovering around the cake, you want everyone and everything to stay well away.
Some designs may affect the stability of the cake so for example, a cake that has fondant flowers or bows on the front of the cake may be become slippery in warmer temperatures and may not hold its position so an alternative design may be suggested but this would of course be discussed during your consultation with your baker. Instead of using vegan or regular frosting, I would recommend a white chocolate ganache as this has a higher melting point than regular buttercream or an equivalent, similarly, if it was a vegan cake, I would recommend vegan based ganache and this would consist of vegan white/ plain chocolate with a plant based cream. In addition to this, a fondant covered cake would work perfectly well with ganache too.
If your event will be at a house or in a back garden, ensure your frosted cake is placed in the fridge straight away, (to the exception of fondant cakes which should be placed in a cool area, away from direct sunlight and heat). The cake should be placed upright and flat in the fridge, ideally in its original box without anything directly on top of it or leaning against it. If the cake is not going to be cut until later that evening (in all venue settings), consider taking your pictures around the table as soon as and returning the cake to the fridge thereafter and do this several times if needs be necessary.
Consider having your whole or part of the cake as a dummy, in some cases the material that is used to frost the dummy has a better longevity than the ingredients themselves. In addition to this, you could order a sheet cake as well to ensure that your guests are offered cake as well.
If your cake is being collected, I would either keep it in the fridge or in the coolest area of my house up to the point of collection. To transport your cake safely to its destination, a car would be the most favoured mode of transport. The cake must be placed on the flattest surface which would either be in the boot or the foot-well of the car directly on a non-slip mat. Transport your cake as quickly and as safely as possible, avoiding any sharp turns and bends while you drive. During warmer temperatures, ensure that your cars air-conditioning is on, this will help to regulate cool air throughout the car, in addition to this, dry ice can also be used.
When you arrive at your destination, you should put your cake into the fridge/ or leave it in the coolest and safest place as soon as possible.
Picture referenced from https://www.sweetcheeksbaking.com/2014/11/outdoor-weddings-tips-to-remember-2/