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Heavy duty boxes for cakes

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I just finished an order for a two layer 11"x15" sheet cake and after decorating it, it is now

15" wide and 20" long.  My husband used a cement board for me and we covered it to make

it look pretty - the flimsy cake board wouldn't hold the weight of this cake.


The customer will transport it - but I would have preferred that the cake be enclosed.  Does

anyone have any suggestions or a source for heavy duty cake boxes?  I've searched the

Internet and find lots of things in the UK but nothing to speak of here in the US.


Thanks very much for your suggestions.

post #2 of 9

This is the place to get boxes that are heavy duty and come in all kinds of sizes.


You can also find these exact boxes at packaging and shipping stores, like the UPS Store, or even the post office.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your response.  I was looking for something sturdy and attractive for a nice presentation.

Any other thoughts?

post #4 of 9

If you look at the Tharco site, they make custom boxes too, even with a logo if you want. 


The amount of time the cake is going to spend in the box mostly will be while it's in transit and storage. The basic function of the box is to protect the cake and transport it. Your "presentation" is a beautifully decorated cake that will be viewed outside the box. So why spend extra money on packaging if you don't have to and if it's not needed? Granted, cakes that are on display in grocery stores need pretty window boxes, but that's to increase saleability. If you notice, a lot of stores are going with clear plastic packaging to showcase the whole cake rather than cardboard window boxes. 


But I'm assuming you're a custom cake decorator and do cakes by order only. That is what I've done in the past, and as a decorator, I'm more concerned with a cake that arrives at it's destination the way I decorated it, not with gouges and smashed parts. If the client ordered the cake from you I'm sure they're more concerned with a pretty cake, not a pretty box. Just my humble opinion (based on experience).

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your thoughts.  You're right and make some excellent points.  I thought perhaps there might be a company that makes heavy duty cake boxes but apparently not.


Went to your site and saw your beautiful work - sorry to see you're out of the biz for now - you've got a lot of talent but understand you're busy now yelling at cats and looking after a little one! (*.*)


Thanks again - appreciate your input.

post #6 of 9

I agree that it's not that important how you get the cake to its destination as long as it's intact. Frankly, the client doesn't care about how it arrives as much as how it looks when it's delivered. I took a decorating class taught by a well-known pastry chef in the Bay area who delivered her cakes in large cardboard boxes lined with styrofoam (sp?) to keep them chilled until they were assembled (some of them had to travel over an hour). Not pretty, but it got the job done. And we all know chilled cakes deliver and assemble better.

post #7 of 9

I have never had a problem getting heavy duty cake boxes.

There is colored double wall.

Odd shape gable boxes.

Would never deliver uncovered.

I don't really know what cement board is but sounds like chemicals.


post #8 of 9

I was in need of a larger box recently and the kind they use for record storage (Staples) was great!  A similar one is available through Tharco:

RF5  24-1/2 x 15-1/4 x 10 with Lid attached 
      (Double Bottom and Triple Ends)

But Staples has them, too.


You can put the cake in the lid, and put the box on top of it, fitting just down inside the lid--plenty of space above the cake for decorations--it's 10" deep.

post #9 of 9

An upside-down hat box might work.

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