This Wilton Portable Cake Caddy keeps homemade or bakery bought iced and decorated cakes and cupcakes fresh and lets you transport them safely without ruining the beautiful frosting and/or decorations.

I love baking cakes and cupcakes for holidays, parties and other special occasions, or just to treat my family to some homemade “loving from the oven”. Sometimes I’ll leave my cakes plain and serve them with a sauce and/or whipped cream, but often I like to make impressive, beautifully iced and decorated layer cakes. But as anyone who loves cakes or cupcakes knows, it’s not easy to find a way to store these sweet treats that will keep them fresh and moist without messing up the frosting and/or decorations. And transporting a decorated, iced cake, either homemade or from a bakery, without ruining the frosting or fancy icing decorations is an even bigger challenge.

Glass cake domes are pretty but impractical.

I always thought that having a glass cake pedestal with a glass cake dome was the height of elegance, and I still do. They make a lovely display and help keep cakes fresh on the kitchen counter for a few days. But they also have some major drawbacks:

  • They aren’t airtight. So unless your family can finish off an entire cake in a day or two, it will start to get stale.
  • They don’t fit in the refrigerator. If you plan to store your cake for more than two or three days, or if you’re using a filling or frosting that requires refrigeration (such as a cream cheese or whipped cream frosting), you’re up the creek.
  • They aren’t portable. Those pretty glass cake domes are fine on the counter, but it you want to take a batch of iced cupcakes to school or a frosted layer cake to a party, they’re useless!

The Wilton Cake Caddy won’t win any beauty contests, but it’s a lifesaver for avid bakers (or buyers of bakery cakes).

  • It’s airtight. That means it keeps not only cakes and cupcakes but also homemade or bakery bread, rolls, muffins, etc. fresh, moist and delicious.
  • It fits in the refrigerator. You’ll need to use your deepest shelf (or adjust the shelf height, if your refrigerator model allows), but it means that your homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing and marzipan carrot decorations will stay fresh and pristine to the very last bite.
  • It’s specifically designed to not only store but also transport cakes and cupcakes. The handle leaves plenty of room for your fingers for a comfortable grip, and there are THREE locking latches that keep the cover and base locked together securely, yet even an Amazon reviewer with arthritis in her hands found them easy to open and close. So now when you bake and decorate your cake or cupcake masterpiece, you CAN take it with you!
  • It’s lightweight yet durable. It will carry even a heavy frosted layer cake, cheesecake or Bundt cake securely, and without adding a lot of extra weight.

If you buy ready-made cakes and cupcakes from a bakery, bringing them home (or to a party) in a Wilton Portable Cake Carrier instead of a thin, flexible cardboard bakery box can save you from disaster.

Have you ever had the bottom of a bakery box – filled with the cake, pie or cookies you bought – come apart, so that your lovely sweet treats end up on the floor (or sidewalk)? I know I have, and I don’t ever want to experience it again! So I bring a Wilton Portable Cake Caddy with me to the bakery and ask whoever is packaging the order to place the frosted and perhaps decorated cake or cupcakes on the caddy base instead of in one of those flimsy cardboard bakery boxes. This way my delicious baked goods stay fresher and arrive wherever I’m taking them in pristine condition, and I don’t need to worry about balancing the bakery box on my lap!

At less than $20 including free shipping, for me it has been a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Even though I usually use my Wilton cake carrier mostly for holidays and special occasions, it’s worth it to me to protect my beautifully frosted and decorated cakes and other baked goods, whether homemade or purchased from one of the wonderful local bakeries in my area. If you’ve ever brought a homemade or purchased bakery cake to a birthday party, holiday meal, school event, meeting or other special occasion only to discover that the beautiful icing and decorations were ruined because the car went over a bump or the plastic wrap stuck to the frosting, you’ll know what I mean about this secure cake carrier being a small an investment to get peace of mind.

A helpful tip for transporting a frosted cake

Whether I’m carrying my in the Wilton Cake Caddy, I usually put it on a round plate or a corrugated cardboard cake board (Wilton makes some very nice ones printed with a pretty white doily pattern that I use frequently) rather than directly on the base of the carrier, which isn’t designed for cutting or serving cakes, I put a dab of frosting / icing on the plate or cake board just before placing the cake on it. Then I put the plate or cake board with the cake on top (attached with the frosting “glue”) on top of the cake caddy base. This helps prevent the cake from shifting while it’s being transported so the sides of the cake don’t slide against the sides of the cover.

IMPORTANT! If you decide to do this with any cake caddy, make sure to cut a piece of waffle-textured, non-skid, non-adhesive shelf liner to fit the base and place your cake board or plate on top of the liner. This will prevent the cake plate or cake board from slipping and sliding on the base. (Con-Tact Textured Shelf Liner, model 05F-C5T10-01 is a good one to use for this purpose. Look for it in your local home improvement store, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.)

Need to carry and store larger rectangular cakes?

Wilton also makes a rectangular version of this caddy that will hold a large iced and decorated 9″ x 13″ cake with plenty of head room for icing flowers or other cake decorations. It also includes a reversible cupcake insert for regular or mini cupcakes. I usually buy and make round cakes, but for large parties and gatherings a 9″ x 13″ cake is just the ticket.

This Wilton Portable Cake Caddy makes a great gift for anyone who loves to bake (or buy) iced cakes and cupcakes.

I recommend it highly as a practical and thoughtful gift that will be appreciated for many years to come!

Background image: rexness [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

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Have you ever brought an iced and perhaps decorated cake or cupcakes to a party, family gathering, meeting, special event, etc.? Do you think a Wilton Portable Cake Caddy would make it easier to store and transport your homemade cakes and cupcakes without spoiling the frosting and decorations?

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  • bossypants Dec 31, 2013 @ 10:14 am
    A coworker has a similar product and I've always been envious. I don't bake, but I'd love to bring professionally made cupcakes to our office treat days -- the threat of a mess has deterred me. I had no idea these carriers could be so affordable! I think I will be looking into the one with the cupcake insert thingy!
  • MSchindel Dec 31, 2013 @ 1:59 pm
    So glad you found this review helpful, Bossy! If you buy the rectangular caddy shown in this review that has the cupcake inserts, just remember that the inserts are a bit shallow and you might want to dab a small dot of frosting "glue" inside each cavity for extra insurance. :)
  • Annleecakes Dec 24, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    A wonderful product for protecting cakes. We use allow of them.

  • MSchindel Dec 25, 2013 @ 8:11 pm
    Thank you, Annlee! Much appreciated. :)
  • Merrci Dec 23, 2013 @ 8:47 pm
    Used to have one, but this looks much nicer. Great lens! May have to get one of these!
  • MSchindel Dec 25, 2013 @ 8:10 pm
    Thanks! I think you'll love it. :)
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Dec 19, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
    I think this cake caddy is an outstanding product. I have the cupcake caddy and just love it. Use it often for muffins and cupcakes. So convenient. Everything stays fresh and protected. I didn't know you liked to decorate cakes. Cool!
  • MSchindel Dec 20, 2013 @ 6:38 am
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Diana. It's so nice to hear that you have the rectangular cake/cupcake caddy with the removable insert and that you like it so much! I don't do really fancy cake decorations these days, but I still enjoy icing cakes and doing less elaborate decorations, such as stenciling a design in cocoa powder or confectioner's sugar, or maybe doing a two-tone feathered icing design (which reminds me of the gorgeous Florentine marbled papers we bought in Italy during our honeymoon). :)
  • chrisilouhoo Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:27 pm
    This was a fantastic review, very helpful, thank you!
    You make such a good point about cost, a carrier like this one could end up saving you a lot more than just peace of mind.
  • MSchindel Dec 19, 2013 @ 2:02 pm
    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! I really appreciate it and I'm delighted that you found my review of the Wilton Cake Caddy so helpful.
  • aaalyssadeboer Dec 14, 2013 @ 12:37 am
    Wow, very well done article! I wish one day I can get lense of the day, or at the least write as good as you.
  • MSchindel Dec 14, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
    Thank you for your very kind compliment! :)
  • Ruthi Dec 13, 2013 @ 3:33 pm
    Oh my, you dredged up a nasty mess of a bakery cake story... I once picked up a birthday cake from a local bakery and before I got out the door, the bottom of the box let loose and my cake tumbled in crumbles to the floor! I was quickly given a satisfactory replacement and a refund, thankfully, but this could all have been eliminated with a Wilton cake caddy.
  • MSchindel Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:10 pm
    Oh, Ruthi, I'm so sorry to hear about your birthday cake disaster! That must have been incredibly upsetting. That's one of the reasons I love the great locks on this one that keep the top and base together securely. It was only recently that I got the idea of bringing this caddy to the bakery with me. I hope this caddy prevents any more bakery cake disasters for you, my friend!
  • Brite-Ideas Dec 13, 2013 @ 3:06 pm
    Well if I'm ever looking for a cake caddy, I'll be sure to remember this product, thanks!
  • MSchindel Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:08 pm
    Thanks very much! I'm so glad I was able to help you select a great cake caddy if you ever need one. :)
  • getmoreinfo Dec 13, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
    This is such a wonderful invention and a great idea for protecting those beautiful cake decorating recipes.
  • MSchindel Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:07 pm
    I agree completely! I wish it had been around years ago. Thanks so much for your kind comment!
  • grammieo Dec 13, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
    Great idea!
  • MSchindel Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:07 pm
    Thanks very much! I'm glad you found this information helpful.
  • Graceonline Dec 12, 2013 @ 5:14 pm
    I have and I do, yes. I also need a pie carrier, because I take more pies than cakes to outside events. Since my family and I decided to buy as little plastic as possible, (boy is cutting plastic from our lives the nearly impossible quest), I am still holding out for a stainless steel version of the pie and cake carriers, but I haven't found one yet. Thank you for sharing this. It certainly would be a lot easier than holding an unwrapped frosted cake on my lap on the bus!

    Thank you for sharing all the tips, such as putting a bit of frosting under the cake to hold it in the carrier. Terrific idea.
  • MSchindel Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
    Thanks for your lovely comments! Even though this particular cake caddy doesn't meet your needs because it isn't stainless steel, I'm delighted that you found my tip about using a dab of frosting to hold cakes in place on a plate, platter, or a cake carrier like this one to be helpful. I hope you eventually find exactly the type of cake caddy you're looking for! :)
  • sousababy Dec 07, 2013 @ 1:10 am
    Yeah, you know, nothing's worse than messing up the icing in one of those cardboard (flimsy) boxes you get from the bakery. I like to be able to "see" the cake (or whatever is decorated) while I'm transporting it. Wilton makes great products, I own several.
  • MSchindel Dec 07, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
    Thanks! You just gave me a great idea, too - bringing a Wilton Portable Cake Caddy to the bakery and asking them to place the frosted and possibly decorated cake or cupcakes on the caddy base instead of in one of those flimsy cardboard bakery boxes. I think I'll add that to my product review! Thanks for sparking the idea. :)