Hello. I was trying to ship a fondant cake this week. I sent it priority mail (2nd day delivery), as a breakable item, and put huge signs "This side up" on the sides. The box arrived in perfectly nice condition (I sent it to my parents and then visited them the day they received it in the mail), the top of the cake was also perfect, but the shell-piping at the bottom was damaged. Apparently the cake had started to slide on the cake board and then damaged the edges on the box.
I had put quite a bunch of royal icing on the cake board to secure it, but it seems that the cake was quite moist and most of the icing sugar dissolved and made it stick less to the board. Also, when the cake arrived, it was actually securely attached to the cake board (just on the wrong spot). (I was able to put it up all the way to a 90 degree angle until it finally started to slowly fall off.) So I'm thinking that I might have packed the cake for shipping to early and I should have waited longer for the icing to solidify? I was attaching the cake to the board at around 2pm, then decorated the cake with fondant, then let it stand around and packed the cake up at around 9pm.
So, any advise on how to more securely attach the cake to the cake board? Because I think everything else with the shipping process worked out to perfectly, it's really just the attaching to the cake board securely enough that was making trouble. Anybody else ever tried shipping a fondant-covered cake?
Any help will be greatly appreciated :-)