Warning: Wedding Cake in Trunk!

by Jerry Huebel
(Groves, TX)


This wedding cake had to be delivered in the trunk of our car to my niece's wedding which was 150 miles away in a city where the traffic is absolutely crazy. We also were delivering the chocolate groom's cake, and hoping against hope, it wouldn't end up a big melted brown blob. Needless to say my heart was in my throat the entire trip and most of my conversation was a tense, "Please slow down!"


Both cakes arrived with only a few bumps and bruises that were easy enough to repair (or hide) but it was definitely a harrowing experience and not something I look forward to doing again. I stacked two tiers together and when I got to the venue I placed the top two onto the bottom two. It worked surprisingly well. I used bubble tea straws for support and a single wooden dowel rod through each of the separately stacked sets.

Cake Flavors


The wedding cake was deep dark chocolate with white buttercream frosting and raspberry buttercream filling.

Bubblegum Roses


The roses were made from bubblegum and sprayed with red coloring. I think they're as pretty and delicate looking as gumpaste or fondant flowers and my clients get a kick out of the fact that they're made from bubblegum.

How To Make Bubblegum Roses


To make the roses I microwave three pieces of bubblegum on high for fifteen seconds. Then I check to see if they're soft enough being very careful not to burn myself since they get very hot in the center. They usually are but if they're not soft enough I put them back for fifteen more seconds.

When they're soft but not too sticky I knead them just as I would gumpaste, then I pinch off a piece to make the base and attach it to either a wire or a lollipop stick. I then roll the remaining gum out on the counter which I've sprinkled with a little powdered sugar.

From there I do the same as I would with gumpaste roses, cutting them out the petals with my rose cutter, thinning the edges with the ball tool and attaching them to the base with a dot of water. They're a lot of fun to make.

Cake Topper Story


Interesting story about the topper. The bride's mother, my sister-in-law, told me they bought it in Spain for $800.00! Wow!

She said she'd bring it to my house before the wedding so I could put it on the cake. I thought, "Don't think so!!" I told her to leave it on the table at the venue and I'd let one of them put it on the cake. Of course that didn't happen and I had to do it... like I wasn't stressed enough!

Heavy Cake Topper Tip: Because the topper was heavy I had used bubble tea straws for support and put a small mirror on top of the tier to rest the topper on. I definitely used my handy dandy level to be sure it wouldn't be leaning. A level is a must to bring to the venue since you never know if the tables are going to be level. I learned that the hard way. Another story!

Jerry Thank you so much for your beautiful wedding cake entry and great story with tips and advice. Love it. Your chocolate grooms cakes is really nice too. Good luck.

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Aug 23, 2011
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Beautiful!
by: Alecia F.

Your cake is gorgeous, and I love your bubblegum roses. I'm assuming that you used the squares of gum, like Hubba Bubba? I'm excited to try that!

Great job on your cake, and way to go with the transporting! I can only imagine how stressful it would be!

Aug 31, 2011
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Simple & Elegant
by: Donnalee Steele

I think this cake looks beautiful and especially after all the miles traveled!!! I think delivery is probably one of the most stressful things ever! I can't imagine traveling that far!!

Sep 08, 2011
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Yummy
by: Mary Ann Burbidge

Just Beautiful! You should get points for the delivery.

Sep 08, 2011
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SIMPLY CLASSIC
by: Frankie

Some cakes are so frilly, it takes away from the occasion and as beautiful as this one is, it still lets your eye go to the cake topper. I'll bet it tasted as good as it looks too. Your delicate touch is amazing as well as getting it there in a trunk!!

Sep 08, 2011
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Beautiful and Tasty!
by: Helen H.

This is my mother-in-law and it was an absolutely beautiful cake and very tasty!

Sep 08, 2011
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Beautiful!
by: Jim H.

Beautiful....and rugged!

Sep 08, 2011
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Amazing!
by: Lauren H.

This cake is amazing looking!

Sep 08, 2011
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A beauty!
by: Kathy

This cake is gorgeous and perfectly executed!

Sep 08, 2011
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Love Story
by: Eleanor Roles

The cake is beautiful and the story made it really interesting. No way would I have touched that topper. You are a brave person.

Sep 09, 2011
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A Very Elegant Wedding Cake
by: Anonymous

Sandra Newman

Warning: Wedding Cake in Trunk!

Love this cake. It is beautiful with all of the fine work around the sides. The roses are beautiful too. Love the name.
Thanks for sharing this very beautiful cake.

Sep 09, 2011
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Kudos
by: Betty MaeAnonymous

Beautiful. Congrats for getting it to your destination all in one piece. I had a similar experience with my daughters wedding cake, but it was a large sheet cake.

Bublegum roses...how inventive' You done good girl........

Sep 09, 2011
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beautiful!
by: Anne

Your cake is beautiful anyway but hearing the story behind the stress in delivering it makes is even more special! Great job!!

Sep 09, 2011
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Sensational Achievement
by: Betty Davismous

By far the most beautiful and creative. What a talent!!! a true winner.

Betty D

Sep 09, 2011
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Wish I had one in my trunk
by: Eleanor Roles

A beautiful cake and I am sure a delicious one. You were so brave to handle that topper. I wouldn't have touched it.

Sep 10, 2011
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Beautiful & Elegant
by: Lora

Your cake is very beautiful & classy. I love the bubblegum roses. What a stressful delivery! I would have kept pulling over to look into the trunk!

Sep 14, 2011
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Awesome cake!
by: Cliff

Wow! That's one fine cake!!!

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