Packaging And Shipping Cupcakes?

Baking By mackeymom Updated 6 May 2009 , 8:40pm by Brownie1954

mackeymom Posted 30 Apr 2009 , 9:39pm
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I am wanting to send a car package to my sister, from Dallas to Austin (just to give you an idea of the distance it will have to travel) so give her a boost for her finals. Does anyone have any suggestions about shipping and packaging? I thought it would be a long shot to get them there in one peice, but I wanted to chechk with everyone before I give up in the idea!

I have found this styrofoam packaging that I thought might work. The holes are 2.5 inches by 2.4 inches. What do ya'll think?

Thanks in advance!

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mackeymom Posted 30 Apr 2009 , 9:45pm
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O.K. so the pic wont upload. But it is a styrofoam block with 12 square holes that measure 2.5 x 2.5 inches. And two blocks fit together to enclose and cover the cupcakes.

mariela_ms Posted 30 Apr 2009 , 9:53pm
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I think it would work, but are you decorating with buttercream? I think using fondant would be safer...Just imagine receiving cupcakes with smusched buttercream....that would suck..HTH & Good LUck!

MichelleM77 Posted 3 May 2009 , 4:43am
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The cupcake shop near me ships their cupcakes undecorated. Customer gets to ice them with the included BC. Just an idea.

CookiezNCupcakez Posted 4 May 2009 , 2:39am
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Put them in mason jars!

Brownie1954 Posted 4 May 2009 , 2:51am
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I don't ship my cupcakes or cakes. However, the suggetion about shipping your cupcakes without the icing, and letting the recipient ice them is a great idea!
The mason jars could be a mistake unless they are carefully and tightly packed. Using them could add weight, which could up your shipping cost. The picture of the styrofoam holder showed up, and it looks that would work good. Does it have a lid? (sorry...looking at the picture, I don't see one)
Packing that with newspaper under it, tightly all around it, and on top of it would keep it in place. Pack it until you can't fit anymore paper anywhere around it. I ship my chocolates all over, and find this works the best.
HTH! Brownie

mackeymom Posted 5 May 2009 , 5:40pm
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Ooohh! I could let my sisiter decorate them when they get there! Excellent idea!

Yes there is a lid. Two of the foam blocks fit together. So it will be covered. Do ya'll think I should use dry ice? Would the post office need to know that I am shipping food and possible dry ice?

Brownie1954 Posted 5 May 2009 , 6:27pm
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Hi....Shipping with dry ice would be ok, if it's hot, and humid. That way your icing and cupcakes would arrive in good shape. A little advice about dry ice. It comes already packaged from where I buy it, and by law, you are not allowed to remove that wrapping. You can't ship with dry ice unless it's wrapped, as it is considered a hazardous material. Look for a company in your area that sells it. The largest you should buy is a five pound block. Keep in mind that you have to place the dry on top of your product. It will not work like it should if it's underneath it. I put it in a plastic baggie so as it melts, it doesn't get everything wet inside the box.
To keep it from crushing your product, make sure you put plenty of newspaper between it and the product. Your post office will ask you what you are shipping, and you simply tell them it's cupcakes with five pounds of dry ice. (there is a shipping amount that you are allowed to use, before it's not legal) HTH! Brownie.

Brownie1954 Posted 5 May 2009 , 6:34pm
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I forgot to tell you that even with the dry ice in it's wrapping, it can and will burn your skin. Handle it with care making sure you don't hold it more than a few seconds in your hands. It should last you up to two days, so you need to consider that when you are sending your package.

mackeymom Posted 6 May 2009 , 6:56pm
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Wow Brownie! Thanks for all the excellent advise!! I knew someone would have goen throught this process before! I had all but given up on shipping cupcakes, but I think it can be done now! Thanks ladies!!

Brownie1954 Posted 6 May 2009 , 8:40pm
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You are very welcome! Let us all know how it all turned out getting them to your sister! thumbs_up.gif

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