Shipping Cake Balls/truffles -- Found Great Way!

Decorating By tobycat Updated 25 Oct 2007 , 9:12pm by tobycat

tobycat Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 6:36am
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I'm sure this isn't original, but it was a new idea to me and just thought I'd share.

I needed to ship some cake truffles (I just like that better than cake balls! icon_lol.gif ), and I didn't have a tin. Plus, I didn't want them jostling up against each other, so I decided to use one of the costco 5-dozen egg carton flats. It worked great! I just put a piece of wax paper underneat each (on which I wrote the flavor). The carton fit perfectly into an ebay priority mail shipping box. Here's a link to the pic I posted with them. I just thought I'd share something that worked great for me.

S.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1152029

28 replies
LaceyLou Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 6:40am
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great idea! and your truffles are beautiful by the way. i can never get mine to look so perfect. good job!

Eggshells Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 6:51am
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I'm so impressed at how perfectly round you made them too!

DianeLM Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:29pm
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Great idea! Did they arrive okay? Have you considered putting your cake balls in paper candy cups rather than wax paper? You could do different colors for each flavor.

sportsmom005 Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:42pm
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How do you get them so perfectly round and smooth? They're beautiful!

How did you keep them cold while shipping? I posted a question in a separate forum and someone told me that once you dip them in chocolate it increases the risk for mold to grow inside the chocolate icon_sad.gif

Here's the link:
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-562152-.html

I wanted to send some to my mom, but I don't want them to get yucky!

Dustbunny Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:53pm
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That is a great idea! I raise chickens so I happen to know a good website that sells new cartons of different sizes and even boxes just for shipping eggs. You can even get blank cartons. It is http://www.eggcartons.com/index-exec/

sportsmom005 Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:57pm
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Just checked out that website...I love the clear plastic egg cartons. What a great idea! Thanks!!!

tyty Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:49pm
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I shipped cake balls to my sister in a regular egg carton, she said they were intact and delicious when she got them. It was in the winter, I wouldn't risk it in warm months.

Ldydesignr Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:55pm
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Has anyone mentioned how perfect your Cake Truffles look? Oh, yes, several times, thats because they are too perfect. I can only aspire to your talent, mine tend to look like my grandson's did them! icon_lol.gif Love the flavor combinations too. For some reason, peanut butter had never even entered my mind until I saw you had used it. Sounds yummy!

MrsAB Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 1:08pm
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Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Katskakes Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 1:18pm
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thanks for the tip. And WOW!! those cake truffles look great!
How did you get them so nicely round and smooth? do you add chips to it? and what type of chocolate do you use?
im craving some right now.

thanks
Kat

tyty Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 1:19pm
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Thanks for sharing.

tobycat Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 3:38pm
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I have tried bon bon or candy cups before, but these are always just a bit too big for the ones I have tried. The sizes seem to jump from super small to medium to cupcake size. Is there a mediumish size that would fit these? I would love to use the cups for these instead of wax paper!

I will find out today if they made it, but I think they'll be fine. I agree that I wouldn't do it in the summer though.

The chocolate I use is a mix of dark candy melts and chocolate chips. I don't use Nestle chips though because then they end up tasting like that. Nothing wrong with it, but I just wanted something a little different. I use about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of chips for a bag of melts. This is the only way I have found to get the consistency I like -- both during the melting process and after. I also use a Wilton chocolate melter. Yeah -- something from Wilton that I actually LOVE!.

To get them perfectly round has taken me some pratice, but once I figured it out, it's a snap. After I mix the flavoring in, I make a ball out of it -- I like them to be really truffly inside, so I don't make it overwet. I wrap the ball in wrap and chill. THen I use a small cookie scoop to make some balls. I then roll them by hand again to make them even more compacted. I stick a round toothpick in the top and cover and chill for at least an hour in the fridge. Melt the chocolate until completely smooth. Then, I just dip in a swirling motion. I actuall swirl them on their way out and swirl the bottom a bit longer -- most of the time it makes the bottom stay intact. Put on wax paper. Remove toothpick and pipe a design on top to cover the hole. I can now make a whole batch in about 1/2 hour -- more time needed to melt more chocolate. (about 70 for one cake). I usually go through about 3 bags of candy melts for one cake.

Thanks for all the compliments, and happy truffle making!

S.

Katskakes Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 4:22pm
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thanks for answering my questions! i appreciate the help.

tobycat Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 9:28pm
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No problem. Glad I could help. icon_biggrin.gif

S.

bobwonderbuns Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 9:34pm
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Great idea! Thanks for sharing!! icon_biggrin.gif

step0nmi Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 9:32pm
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Great idea! What size cake are you using! I just use scraps! LOL

tobycat Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 10:29pm
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

Great idea! What size cake are you using! I just use scraps! LOL




I actually made a cake -- 10" because I needed a ton of them! icon_biggrin.gif

S.

tobycat Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 10:35pm
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

Great idea! Did they arrive okay? Have you considered putting your cake balls in paper candy cups rather than wax paper? You could do different colors for each flavor.




They arrived in perfect form!
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S.

tonedna Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 10:43pm
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I love the truffles they are so nice and round...

malika Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 11:53pm
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Great idea and they look delicious!

shadowgypsie Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 2:13am
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Sonoma9,
This Company has a large selection of candy papers in many different sizes.

It is Sweet Celebrations. They have a free catalog. I call it my wish book because I wish I could by one of everything,
http://www.sweetc.com/

shadowgypsie Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 2:25am
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Sonoma9,
This Company has a large selection of candy papers in many different sizes.

It is Sweet Celebrations. They have a free catalog. I call it my wish book because I wish I could by one of everything,
http://www.sweetc.com/

tobycat Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 4:33am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shadowgypsie

Sonoma9,
This Company has a large selection of candy papers in many different sizes.

It is Sweet Celebrations. They have a free catalog. I call it my wish book because I wish I could by one of everything,
http://www.sweetc.com/




Thanks for the heads up! I'll try it out for sure. thumbs_up.gif

S.

step0nmi Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 12:59pm
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OO! One more question! icon_lol.gif
What type of service did you send this by? I know there are a some people on CC that have sent out cakes and they didn't make it...soo wanted to make sure to stick with whoever you got!

Stephanie icon_wink.gif

tobycat Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 4:06pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by step0nmi

OO! One more question! icon_lol.gif
What type of service did you send this by? I know there are a some people on CC that have sent out cakes and they didn't make it...soo wanted to make sure to stick with whoever you got!

Stephanie icon_wink.gif




I actually tried to overnight it but don't even get me started on why that didn't work out! (Apparently, the post office doesn't ship overnight to where I was sending it, and I didn't have time to get to fed ex),

ANyway, I shipped it priority mail. Got there in 2 days. They were perfect.

Oh, and another super cool thing about the 5 dozen egg carton flat from Costco is that is fits perfectly, and I mean perfectly in the ebay priority mail box (the bigger one that they have.) I just put crumpled some paper underneath and on top, and it was perfect! Cost $6 and change to send. They arrived all intact and no meltage. Wouldn't try it in the summer that way though.

S.

step0nmi Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 7:01pm
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Wow! that's great! I can't wait to try this out!

Thanks again!

CakeDiva73 Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 7:27pm
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ok, awesome idea for shipping the truffles and they look amazing! But I have to know, did you pipe the chocolate design on top? I was all proud of mine at first but then I realized my 'drizzling' of the chocolate looks really shoddy.....now I feel like an idiot seeing that all I have to do was pipe them icon_redface.gif and your chocolate looks like something from a catalog, btw.....GREAT job!

tobycat Posted 25 Oct 2007 , 9:12pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeDiva73

ok, awesome idea for shipping the truffles and they look amazing! But I have to know, did you pipe the chocolate design on top? I was all proud of mine at first but then I realized my 'drizzling' of the chocolate looks really shoddy.....now I feel like an idiot seeing that all I have to do was pipe them icon_redface.gif and your chocolate looks like something from a catalog, btw.....GREAT job!




Yes, I did pipe them. I've played around with this part of it too, and I've finally found the way I like best. I use the Wilton clear disposable bags. They are safe for remelting the chocolate (it gets too hard to pipe after a while), but the bags won't melt in the micro. THey also don't need a tip (though I'm probably going to get a plastic tip because when you cut the end of the bag, it's flat, so the piping comes out more ribbon-like.) The best is that there's no mess when done.

Thank you very much for the compliment. I've been playing around with these for a while, and I finally feel like I've "figured them out." My first few attempts were lumpy or the cake fell apart. The chocolate would sieze up on me, etc. Now, they're just super fun to make.

S.

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