CakeSafe provides life hacks for bakers

CAKE WALK: Juli Chapin, co-owner of CakeSafe, which produces a transportation system for safely moving cakes. Chapin is pictured on Torrey Road in South Kingstown, one of the town’s steepest hills, using a CakeSafe to keep a cake in check on the steep incline.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
CAKE WALK: Juli Chapin, co-owner of CakeSafe, which produces a transportation system for safely moving cakes. Chapin is pictured on Torrey Road in South Kingstown, one of the town’s steepest hills, using a CakeSafe to keep a cake in check on the steep incline.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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The story of CakeSafe LLC starts nearly 30 years ago during a nail-biter of a car ride.

Juli Chapin, a professional baker, asked her husband, Scott, to bring a wedding cake she had made to the East Greenwich Country Club.

“It’s moving around in the back of the car, and I’m driving as slow as I can, navigating pot holes,” Scott recalled. “It was extremely nerve-wracking.”

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So Scott, an engineer, designed a tip-proof cake box the following weekend. When he lost his job in 2009, he decided to turn his prototype into a full-fledged business.

The patented CakeSafe transport system now comes in 11 sizes – the largest can fit an adult person inside. The boxes keep cakes cool while protecting them from hills, slammed brakes and any other bumps in the road that may arise. Scott said the company is growing at about 35 percent each year and selling all over the world.

CakeSafe not only protects expensive tiered cakes, it saves bakeries time. Without CakeSafe, many bakers are forced to pack each tier of a cake individually, bring all their decorating equipment to a venue, and assemble and decorate the cake on-site.

“For a bakery you’ve just lost your baker for five to six hours,” Scott said. “These bakers now have our product, they can finish the entire wedding cake, put it in a CakeSafe and have anybody deliver it. It saves them a lot of money and a lot of time.”

CakeSafe now offers other baking hacks, too, such as acrylic cake-icing discs and spray booths that protect bakers who are airbrushing cakes or making chocolates.

“People come up with problems, and say ‘Can you fix it?’ ” Scott said. “We do our best to do something about it, and so far, it’s worked out well.”

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