5 Types of cake boxes explained

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Ask the seller where the product is made and ask are they food safe. 

1. Define what you are using putting in the cake box. eg 
Does the cake need to be refrigerated? If yes, DO NOT buy poly coated both sides, as these boxes will not breathe and they will drip condensation onto your product, leaving marks or making your cake soggy.

2. Do you need to stack the boxes on top of each other?
If yes, only buy corrugated boxes, these can be stacked as tall as you want, keeping in mind the boxes may fall over if you make the stack too tall, but they will not collapse under the weight.

Types of cake boxes are;
1. White Milk board poly coated on one side.
1a. White Milk board poly coated on two sides.
2. White corrugated boxes poly coated on one side.
3. Kraft cake box (Brown or cream) on one side. No poly coating at all, eco friendly
4. Window presentation boxes poly coated on one side, glued window.
5.Pre folded corrugated boxes, no poly coating, eco friendly, glued at the sides.

Types of boxes explained 
1 and 1a. Most cake shops use a white cake box with one or 2 sides poly coated. This is because the white looks clean and they want to present an image of cleanliness to the buyer. This is a fact, the poly coated 2 side boxes are more expensive and they can be wiped clean. Not all employees care about presentation and are not tidy workers, plus they know the box will wipe any evidence of drips and spills during decoration. The down side is the customer may want to refrigerate the cake not realising the box will have condensation forming on the inside of the box onto the cake. This doesn't look good on any cake as the drips will stain the cake. These boxes also take a long tome to break down in the environment.
2. One sided white poly coated corrugated boxes are a good product, easy to clean on the outside and stack really well. Down side they are bulky to store, even when they are constructed. They are expensive, but so is your time and cake, don't be tight on the box. These are the best for transporting any cake in. The Cheesecake shops and Michel’s Patisseries use the corrugated boxes; have a look at these the next time you get the chance.

3. Kraft boxes are usually brown on one side and white on the other. The White side will show you food off better as the colour will not detract from the cake display, so make the are best make with the white on the inside of the box. My kraft boxes are made locally in Sydney from food safe Australian board. As they have no poly coating, this box will decompose quickly if left in an outside environment, making this a environmentally friendly product. Great for using in the fridge as they absorb the moisture from the cake inside and no condensation builds or drips onto the cake. However the down side is you cannot remove any grease or chocolate marks from the box if you are a messy worker. To avoid this clean your hands before putting the cake into the box.
4. Window presentation boxes are great for showing off your product. The reason I like them is because if you are selling at a stall or market, the product is not compromised with customers touching them and the display of any product makes a great gift. The down side is you cannot stack as these are usually made from a thin cardboard. The plastic window also gives no support to the box; the window will weaken the strength of the box. These are not cheap as the window is glued and they are more labour intensive, this is reflected in the cost. Ask the seller if the product is HCCAP, Food safe is not the same; the glue needs to be HCCAP. Google what HCCAP means.

5. The pre folded boxes are new to our market, they save time as you do not have to construct the box; the boxes are glued and flat packed. They take up less room to store; they are environmentally friendly as they have no coating on either side. They are strong because they are made from a corrugated cardboard. Downside, they are imported, but they are received the Australian food standard approval of HCCAP, not just food safe from China, which no one can explain what this means in Australia standards. 

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