snarkybaker Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 11:56pm
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but, the Food network is coming to do a story on our shop, and the one thing I know from talking to friends whose restaurant was on $40 a day is that you get a HUGE onslaught of requests for stuff to be shipped.

In anticipation of said event, I have been working on a way to ship cupcakes. I don't really care if it is crazy expensive, just that the cupcakes arrive looking beautiful. Does anybody have any good ideas or have you shipped cupcakes sucessfully and had them really beautifully and profesionally packed ?

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EatSomeCake Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:05am
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Wow, I am so happy and excited for you!!! Let us know how it goes and when it will air. Can't wait! I'm sorry I can't help you with an answer to your question but I'd also like to know the best way to ship cupcakes...

Spuddysmom Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:09am
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Whoo-hooo! Okay, got no idea on packaging but just had to say it: Whoo-hoo for you!!

indydebi Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:11am
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congrats on a well deserved publicity gig!!!

kakeladi Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:14am
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Yrs ago Country Kitchen had a plastic insert that fit into a sheet cake box for shipping ccs. Don't know if it's still available or what the cost would be but you might check it out.

karenm0712 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:24am
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No suggestions, but CONGRATS!!!!!

Elcee Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:29am
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I can't answer your question but WOW, how fun...although are you sure it's not a throwdown? icon_smile.gif

snarkybaker Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:38am
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I can't answer your question but WOW, how fun...although are you sure it's not a throwdown? icon_smile.gif




No, I am not. But, in truth, I'd like that even more. I am SOOOOOOOO competitive. Bring it on Yankee-boy!

But, I still need to get some cupcake packaging. Maybe I should just order a dozen from Sprinkles or Sweet Street and take a look at theirs.

aej6 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:45am
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http://www.countrykitchensa. com/ catalog/mini.aspx?T=1&ShopId=38&CatId=629&SubCatId=1743


CONGRATS!

ayerim979 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:46am
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Originally Posted by Elcee

I can't answer your question but WOW, how fun...although are you sure it's not a throwdown? icon_smile.gif



No, I am not. But, in truth, I'd like that even more. I am SOOOOOOOO competitive. Bring it on Yankee-boy!

But, I still need to get some cupcake packaging. Maybe I should just order a dozen from Sprinkles or Sweet Street and take a look at theirs.




oh wow that is awsome !!!

maybe you can try making a cupcake box yourself, like you know how you hold the cuppies in place with toothpicks for a CC bouquet. then you can mail it to your home or something to to test it out. You can maybe try something like that . I dont know Im talking out of my head.

snarkybaker Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:49am
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Originally Posted by aej6

http://www.countrykitchensa. com/ catalog/mini.aspx?T=1&ShopId=38&CatId=629&SubCatId=1743


CONGRATS!




Those look much nicer than the holder from BRP that we use in the shop, but how do the cuppies stay in place if the box get tilted ? That's my conundrum.

foxymomma521 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:54am

Congrats!! Please keep us updated as to when it will air! How exciting icon_smile.gif

foxymomma521 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:55am

http://fieldsofcake.blogspot.com/2009/03/shipping-cupcakes-try-1-and-my-journey.html
does this help?

foxymomma521 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:59am

http://www.cakespy.com/blog-old/2009/8/24/put-a-lid-on-it-how-to-ship-cupcakes-in-mason-jars-from-bean.html
The mason jars are cool!

kiwigal81 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 1:17am

when I think of shipping cupcakes, I think of something like those cup holders you get takeaway drinks in, either tight enough they don't move, or with small spikes in the lid, like those big cake boxes you can get. Just a thought.

JustToEatCake Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 1:37am

Ohhh awesome! I hope it's a throwdown too! I love those (and I'm sure you'll send Bobby home with his tail between his legs, but I do love Bobby Flay). I can't wait to see the show. Not sure how to ship cuppies though, just wanted to say congrats!

minicuppie Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 1:53am

Be sure to let us know when your show will be aired! Add it on to this thread so I don't miss your post!

mkolmar Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 4:12am

How cool is that! Congrats. Keep us posted so I can tivo it.

globalgatherings Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 7:35pm

you need the clam shell cupcake holders, like they sell in the grocery store and then ship em in bubble wrap, I have the clam shell, they hold six or twelve cuppies tight. I will try to locate website, I'll be back

cas17 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:06pm

have no idea but congratulations!!!

HarleyDee Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:45pm

Oh wow, congrats! icon_biggrin.gif

Ok, I know I saw somewhere that somebody shipped cuppies in boxes with the holder inserts. They put bubble wrap around the base to make it snug, then covered them with those small, clear Solo cups. Lemme see if I can find a pic..

Found a couple.. and from what I can tell, lots of people freeze theirs and ship with dry ice.

http://lepetitesweetcupcakes.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-ship-cupcakes.html

http://iheartcuppycakes.com/2008/03/13/how-to-ship-a-cupcake-solution/

cakesdivine Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:41pm

I contacted fedex to ship cakes with their white gloves service (I ship one cake a month out of state) and they wanted a minimum of $3000 for an item that weighs less than 5 lbs. So if you really don't care about the cost to ship them and keep them intact Fedex will do it.

cakesdivine Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:45pm

Oh shipping with dryice only works with overnight shipping and even then can be problematic...here is the result of my shipping with dry ice the first time.
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cakesdivine Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:52pm

The replacement cake even is a special insulated box well marked with it to say THIS SIDE UP PERISHIBLE ITEM FRAGILE all over the box didn't make one difference. The mail carrier delivered it to the door holding the box on it's side. Luckily the cake was still somewhat frozen and the damage was very minimal. Then this past weeks' delivery the mail carrier delivered it completely UPSIDE DOWN! The cake was broken into 3 pieces It was a bundt cake that was tightly wrapped but the jerk must have shaken the box. The lady who I mail these too screamed at the mail carrier and called his supervisor. All the supervisor said was that he had never heard of anyone shipping a cake and that they aren't responsible due to the fact that most of the processing is done by machines that can't read if something is fragile or not. So there you have folks...the USPS does not give a rats patootie if the product arrives safely.

HarleyDee Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:53pm

Ugh, poor cake! What about those ice packages? Like gel ice?

videominx Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 10:23pm

I have successfully shipped cupcakes from TX to NYC, but I don't know how professional it looked! I packed each decorated cupcake in a disposable plastic cup and then dropped the cup into a clear treat bag and fastened the top with a twist-tie. I was able to find a box which allowed me to fit a perfect dozen cups into it snugly. No bubble-wrap, sent USPS two day (they were for a friend, and I'm cheap) and they made it there no problem.

videominx Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 10:24pm

I have successfully shipped cupcakes from TX to NYC, but I don't know how professional it looked! I packed each decorated cupcake in a disposable plastic cup and then dropped the cup into a clear treat bag and fastened the top with a twist-tie. I was able to find a box which allowed me to fit a perfect dozen cups into it snugly. No bubble-wrap, sent USPS two day (they were for a friend, and I'm cheap) and they made it there no problem.

cakesdivine Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 1:18pm

The gel packs are what I changed to very expensive to not get back but dry ice is also very expensive. The second 2 cakes faired much better but still because the USPS doesn't care you still can risk getting burned. I do put insurance on each shipment and did get the $100 plus the postage back that is how I was able to overnight the replacement cake. Which the postman walked up to the client with the box on it's side eventhough it was clearly marked which side was up.

snarkybaker Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 4:38pm

Thanks everyone...This has been VERY helpful. I have an idea I am going to try. I'll report back.

lexi55033 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 6:41pm

If you wanted to try the cupcake in a mason jar idea, without having to ship glass (due to breakage and weight of it), this might be an option to consider and costs a little less ($0.89/each) and is FDA approved:

Go to www . uline . com (without spaces) and enter S-12754 into the search box.

Just a thought.

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