My Cupcake Shipping Experiment

Baking By Amylou Updated 26 Jan 2010 , 6:02pm by Wesha

Amylou Posted 14 Oct 2009 , 8:21pm
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Stay tuned for the outcome!

http://confection-obsession.blogspot.com/

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maryjsgirl Posted 14 Oct 2009 , 8:26pm
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Cool! Can't wait to see what happens.

mommicakes Posted 14 Oct 2009 , 10:37pm
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I will be waiting to see how it works. I have a question though, when you put the wooden skewer in, was it just the depth of the cuppie or was it tall enough to fit against the top of the container? I would think that they would probably not shift much if it were so close to the top of the container. icon_rolleyes.gif
Please post your results.

I shipped cupcakes once before (all the way across the country, from VT to CA) I didn't ice them but shipped icings for them to mix and match flavors. They arrived in one piece (thank goodness)(by the way, I did book that wedding).

I'll be watching for more posts. icon_rolleyes.gif

Amylou Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 5:08pm
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The package arrived...website updated with the shipping experiement results!

Click link above or my www site.

KHalstead Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 5:24pm
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I ship cupcakes all the time using the 6 pack plastic bakery containers. I just buy "glue dots" in the scrapbooking section of the craft store and pop one into the bottom of each cup of the container, stick in the cupcake (with a liner on it of course) and the weight of the cc is enough to secure it to the glue dot. close the container and stick in a box with a little craft paper on either side to cushion and away it goes. Simple and fast.

Amylou Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 5:34pm
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KH- are they frosted? The frosting stays on the cc?

KHalstead Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 5:41pm
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yep, stays on just fine....I just swirl with the 1M tip generally.......some are more decorated with fondant and such, but mostly people just wanna eat cupcakes lol.

SugarFrosted Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 5:48pm
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Frosted cupcakes or fondant covered cake, makes no difference, they all seem to be murdered by the shippers.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-626570-shipping.html

KHalstead Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 5:57pm
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I've also shipped fondant covered cakes (never tried a buttercream iced cake though).........these are pictures of 2 fondant covered cakes I shipped, the daisy one from New Jersey to Ohio......sent with UPS.....the squirrel one sent with DHL from Ohio to South Carolina, and the single topsy turvy looking one was from Ohio to North Carolina with USPS...all arrived just fine, none of them were sent with priority mail or anything special.....they all took around 3 days to get to their destinations and these are the AFTER photos, sent back by the people receiving them.
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KHalstead Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 6:02pm
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forgot to add, the squirrel one did have a little sagging if you look...but my brother didn't notice it! The daisy one had the bees wings were bent down, and my mom (the recipient) folded them back up and snapped a photo) She was actually my first "experiment" with shipping a cake. The topsy turvy one was perfectlly fine. Every one I ship I get better and better results.....but I'm a very careful packer!

jenise11 Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 6:09pm
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There is a lady that sells cupcakes in a mason jar .......maybe this could be an idea. The name of her company is Bangarang Bake Shop.

Gingoodies Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 12:05am
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Amylou, I am thinking the biggest part of your problem was due to the overwrapping of the container. You created an environment that will hold heat/moisture and caused your frosting/fondant to melt easier. Also one BIG thing for me with shipping any kind of cake/cookies etc. is to write ALL OVER THE BOX..... THIS SIDE UP! with big arrows pointing up to the top of the box. One last thing, try to get a box that is not that much bigger than the container. It helps to keep what's inside from moving around too much.

cookiemama2 Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 12:19am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jenise11

There is a lady that sells cupcakes in a mason jar .......maybe this could be an idea. The name of her company is Bangarang Bake Shop.





I've seen that somewhere...bakerella maybe did it to. they just used the mini mason jars! I am planning on trying that...well I bought the jars back about August icon_redface.gif
looks like a great idea but the weight for shipping might be too much, I just want to send one to a friend as a "missing you"

cookiemama2 Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 12:23am
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Ok I just checked , it was on cakespy and it was Beantownbakers's idea.

cylstrial Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 2:03am
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Wow! Those cupcakes got messed up! But it's a great experiment! I hope that you figure out a great way to ship them!

alvarezmom Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 7:40pm
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Well that sucks! I have yet to perfect my shipping method. I send only to my sister who lives 6 hours away. I send through UPS and shipping over night is about $7

cylstrial Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 11:45pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KHalstead

forgot to add, the squirrel one did have a little sagging if you look...but my brother didn't notice it! The daisy one had the bees wings were bent down, and my mom (the recipient) folded them back up and snapped a photo) She was actually my first "experiment" with shipping a cake. The topsy turvy one was perfectlly fine. Every one I ship I get better and better results.....but I'm a very careful packer!




You'll have to divulge your packing secret! icon_wink.gif Your cakes arrived beautifully!

KHalstead Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 8:21pm
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I just wrapped a collar of parchment paper around the outside of the cake and cut a circle to fit the top, then stuck the cake inside of a box, put another cake board on top (so if it got flipped upside down it would have a steady flat surface), and then filled it around the cake with wadded paper towels, Close that box and make sure the cake is snug in the box (but not so tight that you crush the cake). Then put that box into a larger box and fill under on the sides and on top with packing peanuts and again, make sure the little box fits snugly but not so tight you crush, inside of the bigger box. Then close the bigger box and flip it upside down and shake it a bit to make sure you don't feel any movement inside. I do the same thing with cupcakes, only I don't put them in a smaller box, just inside the bakery containers. HTH

Wesha Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 6:02pm
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I am attempting my first shipping experience pending payment. The cupcakes are going from NC to Petersburg, VA. I plan to bake and decorate with the "swirl rose". I am going to wrap the plastic cupcake container with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Then in the morning, put them in the box along with lots of paper shreds and send off.

Wish them luck. This is all pending payment.

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