I didnt even know if it was possible, but my friend's son was turning one and since he is lactose intolerant I tried my hand at baking him a cake he could actually eat. I live in Ireland and she lives in England so it would have to be sent by post.
I used the Hershey's choc cake and at Tiffany's suggestion on the other thread I just substituted the milk for dairy free milk (although i used soya instead of rice milk because that was all that was available.) Also used coffee instead of water. And I used 2 8 inch rounds.
The cake didnt rise very much but not to be deterred I wrapped the cake in cling wrap and tasted it the next day. It was dense and moist and chocolatey so I made up some chocolate buttercream with soya butter and covered it in MMF. Then I put some very simple 2d decoration on it (childs name and the number 1) and packaged it as best I could then took it to the post office.
I paid £5 sterling for first class delivery and it arrived the next morning with my friend in England (today which is his birthday). She texted me ecstatic because the cake arrived in perfect condition (i didnt tell her i was posting it because I was worried it would arrive in a mess.) and her other kids are excited because 2 of those are also lactose intolerant and they get to eat it also.
I thought I was crazy to send a cake in the mail (esp without a special courier service, but that would have been too costly) but it couldnt have turned out better.
That's great! so glad to hear that it all worked out well!
I was following the thread on chocolate cake recipes and the Hershey is on my list to make. I also want to post cupcakes in a few months for my nephew's 1st wedding anniversary, so reading about your success has spurred me on. What did you pack around the cake to stop movement?
oh wow thanks for sharing this experience!
My question is the same,did you use anything to pack around the cake?
This is what I did -
because I was baking an 8 inch round I used an 8 inch cake box and cut out a cake board to fit snugly inside. So before I put fondant on the cake I transferred it to the cake board, then left it sitting for an hour to let the fondant settle and the lettering dry a bit. Then I folded over a length of some greaseproof paper to just a little more than the height of the cake and wrapped it round the cake. (didnt secure it with anything so the cake could breathe a little) and I did the same with some bubblewrap (folded a length of it to wrap around the cake). I put the cake board in the cake box and folded over another piece of greaseproof paper to make a square that fit over the top of the cake and folded over some bubble wrap in the same way - again not securing it so that the cake had a bit of air circulating. Then when I put the lid on and shook the box the cake didnt move. I then put the cake box into another box a little bigger and used some stiff paper crumbled and folded over to hold the inner box in place. (both outer box and stiff paper were sent to me from an online store the week previous with items I had ordered - I always re-use these!) but im sure I could have used any kind of packaging material that keeps your items in place.
I'm so excited that this worked.
Good luck to Bakecupcakes and Honeycakes if you're going to attempt something similar!
Thanks so much eve81!! I'm now very keen to try this, i might try posting a cake now! baking paper around the cake first! of course! lol I was trying to work out how to pack around the cupcakes/cake without contaminating it with packing material.
Thanks for sharing. My sister has been after me to send her a cake. I will have to try it.
This is a photo of the cake that my friend took just before they ate it. Like I said, very simple design but it was perfectly intact.