I'm experimenting with the idea of shipping cupcakes as part of my business. Does anyone sell special containers for this? If you have ideas for shipping successfully, please share!
Did you ever get any help with this question? I also want to learn, have a couple of family members I want to ship to.
We've looked into shipping cupcakes and we decided against it...to make sure they arrive fresh shipping would have to be next day (and even then there's no guarantees), so it would be way too expensive.
I know of at least one company that ships cupcakes, but they ship them unfrosted and individually wrapped with the frosting in a separate container.
Crumbs freezes theirs and ships them in an insulated contrainer over dry ice. The shipping cost is the real issue. If you're selling a dozen cupcakes, to get them there next day or even 2nd day if you're freezing them as described, would still cost $50-$70 in shipping. Your customers would be looking at $100+ for a dozen cupcakes. Its probably not a service you would find yourself using often.
Georgetown Cupcake ships their cupcakes. You could check out their website or e-mail/call and ask. I know that they don't always arrive looking as good as they did when they left the store. I've been really wanting to try their cupcakes since I don't live anywhere near there, but between the cost of a dozen and shipping I'm just not sure it's worth it!
You need an FDA license and everything that goes with it to ship cupcakes across state lines. Those big companies are following the rules. Williams-Sonoma does it the same way. It is very expensive to ship.
Check with the Dept of Ag in your state for the application. Non-compliance comes with hefty federal fines. They require the proper kitchen, registration with the Bioterrorism Act, a recall protocol, proper FDA issued labeling, and specific log sheets of production kept on file. If you get caught, it won't be your local HD at your door, it will be the feds.