How To Pack Cakes and Pies
Yes, you can carry a cake on a plane—if it's icing-free. In the TSA's book, icing is a gel, so it's subject to the agency's 3-1-1 rules. (That means it has to be in a container no larger than 3.4 ounces.) According to the TSA's Blogger Bob, "The bottom line is that you can bring cakes, pies, and cupcakes through the security checkpoint, but you should expect that they might get some additional screening, and if something doesn’t seem right, there is always the potential you won’t be able to take it through."
If your cake has icing, you'll need to check it. If not, prepare for additional screening. Either way, pack for the worst. Attempt to find a box as close to the size of the cake as possible, to avoid too much sliding. Seal your cake in an airtight wrap, then include soft layers of packaging to prevent it from getting smashed in its container; tinfoil, plastic wrap, tissue paper, or wax paper will work. SmarterTravel Executive Editor (and pastry chef) Anne Banas suggests saving the plastic pizza tables that are often used to protect pizzas delivered from restaurants, and reuse them (so long as they are not too tall) when packaging cakes and pies for travel.
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