Does it always end up a big pile of mush when you try to ship cake? I was thinking about making some heart shaped mini cakes to send with dd valentines to family and friends, but I'm not sure how to pack them or if it is worth the effort.
I take stuff to the UPS store; I love them there, and they know how to pack anything.
I shipped cake layers (undecorated, frozen) to another state and they got there fine, but I don't think I'd send a decorated cake anywhere, though I know it's been done.
I sent a Christmas Fruit cake in December to India. Ofcourse I first put a layer of mazipan including the part on the board so the cake was sealed completely. I then covered it again with Fondant, yes the decoration was done using patch work cutters, so that there was no chance of it breaking too much. Then the cake was left to dry for a couple of days before I packed it into a round biscuit box of the same size. Reached to India safely, no damage was done.
I hope that helps