Calling All Shippers!!!

Decorating By cupcakeatheart Updated 11 Feb 2010 , 2:25am by jillmakescakes

cupcakeatheart Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 6:46pm
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I have had many requests to ship my cake balls to other states, but the last thing I want is to ship a product that shows up destroyed. I was curious to know if anyone has shipped cake balls (or any cake products for that matter) and what packaging they used and shipping method.

TIA icon_smile.gif

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greengyrl26 Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 6:50pm
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I'm extremely interested in this information as well!

keonicakes Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 7:06pm
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my first thought were egg cartons. (assuming they didn't have to be packaged nice, just sturdy) Can you go to a supply house or place that has cake decorating things? There are all sorts of packaging ideas there i.e. truffles. Hope this helps.

EvMarie Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 7:18pm
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I looked into all kinds of packaging because I want to ship specialty cookies. Candy boxes sound like they'd do the best for cake balls. Not sure if you're wanting to buy in bulk but there are many online places that sell candy boxes, trays, and pads. I'm thinking the trays would work to keep them separate & the candy pad on top would buffer the tops.

After that, I'm not exactly sure how you'd prepare them for shipping. Maybe a length of bubble around the box and then into a shipping box with peanuts or those air pillows? Maybe, you should order a box of chocolates online and see how they arrive?

Hope that give you some ideas!!! icon_smile.gif

Wesha Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 7:55pm
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I shipped cupcakes about 2 weeks ago from NC to VA and they arrived a total mess. I sent them priority mail 2 days. I had baked them and placed them in the plastic cupcake container that holds 12 cupcakes. I them wrapped the container in bubble wrap and slid them in the flat rate box. There was no movement whatsoever. We even marked the box this side up, Fragile, and perishable and "do not shake".

The cupcakes went to a cousin of mine and she took pictures and they were a hot mess. The icing was everywhere and some of the cupcakes were thrown around inside the container.

This was indeed a lesson learned.

cupcakeatheart Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 8:47pm
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Wesha- That's what happened when I shipped mine in the same city icon_razz.gif All upside down and evidently a huge waste of time.

I'd like them to be nice looking for clients. Just was looking for some advice from previous shippers before I put a lot of money into supplies that weren't going to pan out.

motherofgrace Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 9:18pm
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i do think that cake balls would be safer, I know someone sent some to indydebi.....

jillmakescakes Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 9:37pm
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i know someone sent some to indydebi...

I've been relegated to "someone" icon_cry.gif

I've shipped cakeballs as an experiment. I used a poor box, so I had to find another box that would work better. I actually have a set going to Alabama this week, so I'll let you know how it goes

cupcakeatheart Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 9:51pm
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Absolutely not icon_smile.gif I remember indydebi talking about the nice cake lady who changed her mind about cake balls, but then I couldn't find the thread or your name to ask you.

Thanks so much

motherofgrace Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 9:52pm
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jillmakescakes- Im sorry! I just knew you were successful!

BlakesCakes Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 11:01pm
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Cakeballs are just truffles with cake as part of the filling. They should be boxed just like candy, so standard candy boxes will work very well.

Put each ball in a small candy "cup"--those really mini cupcake papers. Put that into a plastic candy tray divider (the cake shop I use sells them in 2s, 4s, 6s, 12s, etc. in gold and white). Put a "candy pad" (corrugated shiny paper) on top (one on the bottom provides extra padding, too). Make sure that the lid is a good, tight fit to the bottom. Use a stretchy, decorative string to hold it together, or tape it.

Wrap the whole thing in some bubble wrap and mail them away. They'll arrive in great shape--just like a Whitman's sampler.


jillmakescakes Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 2:25am
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no worries folks... I know it can be hard to remember names on here sometimes thumbs_up.gif

I have started using the standard candy boxes (not wilton, but the two piece kind). This box fits quite nicely in the smallest flat rate shipping box that the USPS has. Like I said, some are going to Alabama this tomorrow, so I should have results by Wednesday.

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