Traveling Insulated Cake Box

 A quick and easy way on how to make an insulated cake delivery box for all your cake needs! This easy and inexpensive DIY is the perfect answer .

I needed a big cooler to carry a three tiers of cake for a wedding.  I was traveling over an hour and it was in the middle of August, as well as an outdoor wedding reception.  With all of that in mind, I couldn’t find a cooler large enough so I made one.   It worked perfectly!

Traveling Insulated Cake Box|DIY Materials 

Select the boxes to fit your car space and cake space needed. 

Material list:

2- 18 x 18 x 24 inch  Large cardboard packing boxes  (Home Depot or Lowe’s)

Packing tape

2 -packages 3 /4 ” x 13 1/2 ” x 4 feet sheets of white panel-foam -(Home Depot ) $7.80  per package

2 –20 x 14 inch  baking cooling racks

4- 1 x 4 x 6 inch boards

8 closet maid wall clips

15 u-shaped nails

zip lock bags of ice or dry ice

Traveling Insulated Cake Box|DIY Instructions

  1. Cut styrofoam to fit the inside of your boxes.. to line the box, top bottom and sides.
  2. Tape cardboard box bottoms and line with thin sheet styrofoam insulation.
  3.  Fill zip lock bags with ice cubes ( double line the bags) or use dry ice in package and place on bottom of lined boxes.
  4. Attach the 4 pieces of 1 x 4 x 6 inch wood pieces under all four sides of the baking racks vertically to create a stand.  Attach the wood to the stand with u-shaped nails.  ( I did not want the racks to sit directly on top of the ice packs, the cake would not be level during travel).
  5. Place baking racks in box over the ice packs. To keep the cakes in place, we attached to the cooling rack small wall clips from closet-maid shelving unit.  It worked perfectly!
  6. Once boxes are lined are lined,  cut a 1 inch rim around the top of the box, and then cut a piece of foam to fit over the top of the lined box.  Keep the remaining card board box top, tape it together as one piece.  You will use this to cover the box while traveling
Traveling Insulated Cake box
Tape sides of box, line with insulation foam, leave a 1″rim around the top of the box. Keep the remaining box top in tact to replace as a lid after packing the boxes.
Taveling Insulated Cake Box
Baking Racks inside lined box with wood slats to create a stand.
Rack standing inside box on mason jars temporarily until wood slats were made. An example of what the cake looked like inside the box.

Cover this cooler with an insulated cardboard lid and cover with a thick towel to keep the cold air inside the box.  Worked great!  Fit perfectly inside my car.

Cover this cooler with an insulated cardboard lid and cover with a thick towel to keep the cold air inside the box.  Worked great!  Fit perfectly inside my car.
Wedding Cake arrived perfectly!  
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