Long Road Ahead

by Katherine
(Charleston, SC)

I'm making a seven hour car ride this weekend to attend my mother's birthday party. I wanted to make her a small tiered cake (which I've never attempted before) but I'm concerned about the heat. I live in South Carolina so it's going to be hot and humid! The party is outdoors. I want to do MMF but I've been hearing mix opinions on it's ability to withstand heat. I do have access to a refrigerator so would I be better off doing buttercream? Or should I just make brownies and try the cake in the winter when I don't have to worry about it so much?

Thanks so much!

From the editor:

Hi Katherine,

Here's what I would do:

1. Make sure to add cake dowels and a cardboard cake circle to support the top tier. This will give you some peace of mind on the long drive. Also, push a long cake dowel through the center of the completed cake and into the cake board to hold it all together. Sharpen the ends of the dowels to make this job easier.

2. Use buttercream, since you will be able to refrigerate the cake until you leave and again when you arrive.

3. Don't remove the cake from the refrigerator until you absolutely have to.

Good luck.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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