Baking a cake to take to a friend or to a family gathering is such an enjoyable thing to do - from planning how to decorate it, to seeing the empty plates at the end. But how do you get it from A to B unscathed and looking as good as it did when you left the house? If your bake is a rectangle, circle or square cake, or even a set of cupcakes, then we have the solution!
Invest in a suitably shaped portable carrier with a handle and secure lid and you won't regret it. We’ve picked the ten best options from major online UK retailers such as Amazon and John Lewis. We've included professional plastic airtight carriers, extra-large cases for tall cakes and wedding cakes, large yet cheap options and also collapsible carriers to save space yet protect even the most delicate of bakes.
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The first thing to consider is whether you mostly bake round or square cakes, cupcakes or loaf cakes as this will dictate what shape of carrier you will need. Check the dimensions of your most-used cake tins and double-check that the carrier will fit your signature creations - the measurements of the actual carrier are not the same as the measurements of the cake it will accommodate. So check the small print or the reviews.
Square carriers are more versatile as you can also carry round cakes too - you'll find square cakes will only fit in very spacious circular carriers. If you’re in the habit of baking cakes with more than one tier or cakes that are especially tall or that need to travel fully decorated with candles-and-all, then you should consider the height of the carrier too.
With most cake carriers, you will be carrying it by a handle on the lid, so you want to make sure that the one you buy has an extra-secure lid. This will ensure that you don’t end up with a dropped disaster. Some carriers close like regular food storage boxes and use a close-fitting lid with a lip to create a seal. However, for extra security choose a carrier with clips or some sort of locking device on the lid.
If you expect the cake to be sitting in the carrier for more than a couple of hours before it is served and enjoyed, be sure to choose a cake carrier with airtight locking seals - you'll be able to store bakes in it too, making an airtight container a worthwhile investment.
Cakes can create quite a lot of mess, and the oily and sugary ingredients can make for a tricky clean up. This can be especially difficult if you serve the cake in the carrier, as cutting it up smears icings and frostings and puts crumbs in all the nooks and crannies.
One way to overcome this is to choose a cake carrier that can go in the dishwasher. Not only does this take all the hassle out of cleaning it up, but it is also much more effective as dishwashers use much higher water temperatures that help break down any fats and grease residues.
There are many possible extras available, but the main ones are inserts that allow you to carry cupcakes, a reversible base that doubles as a serving plate and internal removable racks-with-handles which allow you to lift out even snug-fitting cakes with ease.
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Lock & Lock
Square Cake Box
Super Secure and Reliable Carrier Featuring a Raised Interior Rack and a Date Indicator
Lock & Lock
Round Cake Box｜ HSM954HT
Trusted Airtight Carrier That Includes a Handy Portioning Guide
Oblong Tiered Cake Caddy and Cupcake Carrier
Transport Tray-Bakes and Cupcakes With This Rectangular Carrier Featuring a Reversible Base
Adjustable Cake Holder
A Practical and Versatile Carrier That’s Fully Height Adjustable Up to 20 cm
Rectangular Cake Carrier｜175247
Transport Loaves up to 2 lb With This Specially Designed Carrier With Locking Clips
Living Nostalgia Airtight Cake Storage Tin｜LNCTGRY
A Vintage Look Cake Carrier and Serving Platter
KLIP IT Cake and Cupcake Storer with Reversible Tray｜1260ZS
A Secure, Airtight Box for a Large Cake
Square Cake Box
A Robust Square Carrier With a Small Price Tag
Round Cake Box
Cost Effective Large Circular Cake Carrier
Tall Cardboard Cake Carrier Caddy｜6 pack
A Set of 6 Cardboard Cake Carriers Tall Enough for Wedding Cakes
With plenty of room inside for deeper bakes, this cake box has been designed so that even decorated cakes can be placed into the base without difficulty. It features a raised rack to stop soggy bottoms and there's a handy date indicator on top, to help you remember when the contents were made.
The clips on this carrier are strong and sturdy, reassuring you that your creation will be stored safely inside for its journey. The lift-out rack is an ingenious feature too as it helps you take out and serve your cake without damage. We love everything about this carrier!
You can't beat the quality of Lock & Lock's products, so here's another! This circular cake carrier is big enough to hold a 25 cm / 10 inch cake with the lifter and the domed lid design means that it can accommodate taller iced cakes up to 7.5 cm / 3 inches in height. The capacity of the carrier is 5.5 litres.
The well-designed and fully air-tight carrier features a handy portioning guide on the base to help you give everyone an equally-sized slice. The robust clips and handle mean you can carry your cakes without fear of unexpected opening. It is even freezer safe and can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Traybakes are really popular for parties or taking into work, and this is a fantastic way to transport them safely without needing to cut them up into pieces ahead of time. It has a reversible base that reveals the 24 cupcake holders beneath as well as easy-lift handles so you can get your cakes in and out with ease.
This is the ideal solution to moving cakes about if you're a batch baker or regular bake-sale organiser - you could even buy two of these and clip them to form a massive 4 tier carrier! The product description is a tad misleading however, the two tiers are not each individually sealed, you need the base of one to act as the lid of the other.
Metaltex's cake carrier is fully height adjustable which means that it can be transformed to hold a tall cake, a pie or even a shallow flan or tart to give maximum protection. All you have to do is twist and lift and the height of the carrier will be changed! It doesn't lock securely in place, it just twists into place, so do be careful if using fully extended.
It should be noted that the clips are a weak spot and are not replaceable, so do treat this carrier with care if you want it to remain fully functional! This holder is not airtight, so whilst it is great for transportation you couldn't use it for longer storage. However we do love the height versatility, so it gets our vote for tall cakes.
If you're a baker of loaf cakes, then this is the carrier for you. It holds up to a 2 lb loaf so you can transport your banana bread safely without risk of damage. When the clips are locked down it forms an airtight seal, so it also helps to keep your bakes fresher for longer.
In order to be the perfect loaf carrier it could do with being slightly wider, but otherwise, this is a great solution to carrying this style of cake, without room inside for it to slide about. It also works very well for bread if you're into making your own at home!
KitchenCraft's vintage look cake carrier could be accused of having slightly more style than practicality, as it doesn't have any locking mechanism - so be extra careful when carrying it and always support it from below.
This beauty can take a 23 cm / 9 inch diameter cake and the silicone seal means that the cake will stay fresh under the domed lid. You can remove the top with a flourish and serve your masterpiece using the base as an attractive platter. You don't need to worry about cupboard space to store it in, as it is smart enough to leave out on display even when not in use.
Sistema's handy cake box can hold one large cake. It features sculptured handgrips a well as a strong carry handle, plus, the sealed lid helps to keep the contents fresh if you're not serving immediately. The brand's own KLIP IT system really is one of the best food container clip designs available.
Sadly the impressive-sounding swappable base to hold cupcakes is not a useful addition after all, as the holes are just too small to fit cupcakes into and they are too close together. This is a great buy for single large cakes, but don't buy it especially for cupcakes.
Keep your bakes well protected with this great value cake carrier from Whitefurze. The slightly fiddly locking clips keep the lid secure and the carry handle makes it easy to transport treats to share with family and friends.
The plastic moulding is thick and robust, but although the lid is very close-fitting, this carrier isn't actually airtight, so it's ideal for transporting cake but not storing it. The clips are tricky to use, so be careful not to break them when getting used to them.
Whitefurze products are cheap yet sturdy and the strong locking clips keep the base of this carrier firmly attached to the lid. It is the perfect size for holding bakes and cakes up to 30 cm in diameter and has an ergonomic carrying handle to make it easier to transport.
Being so secure, the locks on this cake carrier are quite stiff to clip onto the base, which means it is quite easy to break them when force is applied - so do be careful as you won't be able to get replacement clips.
This cardboard cake carrier comes as a set of 6 (hence the price tag) and has saved many a wedding-cake baker from the dilemma of how to transport the day's baked towering centrepiece safely to the reception venue - this box can accommodate a 35 cm / 14 inch high cake!
Obviously this pricey cake box solution is single use, but this does mean that on arrival you won't have any qualms about dismantling the box itself to ensure the cake can be removed with ease. As with all things wedding-related, you are probably prepared to pay a little more as there is so much riding on a bake for the big day.
No. 1: Lock & Lock｜Square Cake Box
No. 2: Lock & Lock｜ Round Cake Box｜ HSM954HT
No. 3: Lakeland｜Oblong Tiered Cake Caddy and Cupcake Carrier
No. 4: Metaltex｜Adjustable Cake Holder
No. 5: Curver ｜Rectangular Cake Carrier｜175247
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