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What Are the Best Tips for Ice Cream Cake Delivery?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 16, 2024
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The very best tip for ice cream cake delivery is to get the cake to its destination before it has a chance to begin melting. Obviously, no one wants a melted or even partially melted ice cream cake. The question of how to accomplish successful delivery can be answered in many ways. There are several delivery options available, including both commercial options as well as those for the individual.

When anyone performs ice cream cake delivery, it is generally a good idea to pack the cake with other cold or frozen items. One should take care not to pack anything heavy on top of the cake, as doing so may damage the decorations. If using ice for cooling during transport, it is wise to place a protective layer between the ice and the cake, so the cake or the packaging does not absorb moisture as the ice begins to melt. These issues may not pose much concern if the cake’s container or packaging is solid.

A cooler chest filled with ice, an insulated container, or an electric cooler, will generally be sufficient for moving ice cream cakes short distances. There are electric coolers that plug into the cigarette lighter of a vehicle. These are simple yet efficient methods for ice cream cake delivery such as when one is attending a party or bringing cake to a special event.

For longer journeys or commercial deliveries, dry ice may be a better alternative. This is especially true during hot weather. Shipping ice cream long distances has proven difficult in some cases but using dry ice can work well.

There are also a number of rental options one may employ as methods for ice cream cake delivery, such as renting or leasing an ice cream truck, a trailer or other types of vehicles with mobile freezers. An individual or a company may also purchase a mobile freezer or a vehicle that includes frozen storage. These options tend to be quite expensive

Another good tip for ice cream cake delivery is to ensure that the product has been frozen solid before transportation. A hard freeze will help maintain the cake’s integrity while it is being delivered. If the cake starts out soft, it may soften further before it reaches its destination. The cake may not be firm enough upon arrival, even if it is kept in cold storage along the way, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Discussion Comments

By giddion — On Feb 08, 2013

I suppose businesses that stock ice cream cakes use refrigerated trucks to ship them. I wish it were cheap for regular people to rent them for a day!

By StarJo — On Feb 08, 2013

Driving an ice cream cake home from the grocery store on a hot summer day can do just about as much damage to it as driving it for a long distance on a winter day. My car is always super hot when I'm done grocery shopping, and I hate to put anything that could melt into it.

I place all my frozen bags of vegetables and meats around the cake box in the trunk. Then, I surround those with refrigerated items like milk and orange juice.

I basically build a cold layer around the cake, making the inner circle the coldest. This is sufficient to keep the cake from melting during the twenty minute drive home.

By Perdido — On Feb 07, 2013

@feasting – You can, but just know that whatever condition it arrived in is how it will look once you have frozen it back to a hard state. I recently had to carry a cake in my car for a couple of hours, and it lost about half of its height as it melted out around the edges.

I was able to refreeze it and get it hard enough to be sliced, but it didn't look good at all. It still tasted the same, which is really what matters, but there was no way to make it look like it did to begin with.

By feasting — On Feb 07, 2013

If an ice cream cake is soft and has fallen just a little bit once it arrives, can you firm it up again by freezing it right away? My best friend is bringing an ice cream cake from her house about an hour away, and she doesn't have a cooler big enough for it, so I'm a little concerned about how it will look when it gets here.

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