Protecting An Outdoor Wedding Cake From The Heat

by Tanya
(Illinois)

Boxed cake within a box

Boxed cake within a box

Boxed cake within a box
Dry Ice
Dry ice is placed in between and all around the inner box
The box is taped shut and ready for the ride to the venue

I will be making a Hawaiian wedding cake in a few days for an outdoor wedding. My question is, how will I keep my icing from melting?


I live in the Midwest so I'm sure it will be pretty hot. It is going to be under a tent I'm just scared that it will be a disaster.

Another question I have is do you prefer to use real flowers or gumpaste flowers? Thank you so much. Tanya

Hi Tanya,

The best advice I can give you is to keep your cake really cold right up until the setting up of the cake. Dry ice will work very nicely if you pack it around the box. I uploaded some pics of the method we used to keep this wedding cake cold for a very long ride. The dry ice worked beautifully.

I would keep the cake in that box for as long as possible until set up. Make sure no sun hits your cake after it is set up. If it is super hot then ask the caterers if they can set it up a little later on if possible.

As far as flowers go I always prefer wedding cakes with fresh flowers over gumpaste or fondant flowers

I hope that helps you out with your Hawaiian wedding cake dilemma. Thanks for visiting and asking a great question.

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Aug 01, 2016
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Buttercreme
by: Anonymous

How long is it safe to let Buttercreme Icing (ie: Butter and Shortening) sit out at room Temp

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Wedding cake on hot summer day?

Hi there!
I really hope you can help me..i have found your site so helpful in the past when making wedding cakes and now I've been asked to make one for a friend again.

My problem is the wedding is going to be at noon on a hot and humid summer day in the forest. The guests have to be transported in a golf cart to the location.. meaning the wedding cake would have to as well. Is this even possible first of all to have a cake that would survive for a few hours in the heat let alone transporting it to the location?

Thank you for your help!

Tina

Hi Tina, My best advice to you is to keep your cake in a box with dry ice up until the last possible moment. Sounds like the cake will be going for a ride in a golf cart too so keep it as steady as possible in the box as you travel with it.

Set up your cake in the shade and it should be ok for a few hours. Also use a filling that will not spoil easily like a buttercream filling. No mousses or custards. The dry ice really keeps the cake extremely cold so your cake will be ok if you keep it as cold as possible for as long as possible.

You may want to consider fondant as a covering for the cake. It will hold up longer than the buttercream. It will end up with a shine on it as the heat will cause condensation on the surface of a cold cake. Hope this helps with your decisions for the wedding cake and good luck to you. Please update us ok?

I'm glad the information at Wedding Cakes For You is helpful to you. :-)
Lorelie


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RE: Wedding cake on hot summer day NEW
by: Susan

I would definitely set up each tier when you get there. There will be too much jiggling on that golf cart and even if you fill it with buttercream you will find that the jiggling will cause settling and then the filling will start to be squished out of the cake causing little love handles that will show in the fondant.

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Love Handles
by: Lorelie

Susan I love your "love handles" analogy.

LOL Thanks.


Lorelie

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Cheesecake wedding cake
by: Anonymous

I am making my daughters wedding cake, which will be no bake cheesecakes in mason jars. I was planning on setting them up in a tier style to display, by using plexi glass between the tiers but I need a way to keep the cakes chilled for approx. 10 hours.
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Mason Jar Cheesecakes
by: Lorelie

Interesting. Dry ice would do the trick I think. It's the only thing i can think of. It will freeze everything so not sure if it actually would work. Can you do a trial run with a jar in a box with a small amount of the dry ice?

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