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Old 03-20-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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Ship grandma's cake?

I need some advice! I need to ship a cake to arrive on a specific date for my kids Birthday. He is a college student and each year begs me to send his favorite cake and this year I am thinking of trying.

The cake is a chiffon style cake made in a tube pan and pretty dense; along the lines of a pound cake. It's iced only with a dusting of powdered sugar and was my grandmas recipe (which means she probably got it out of a book somewhere). The cake has become my families standard favorite b-day cake. How can I pack it so that it won't crack or disintegrate if dropped?

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Old 03-20-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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Leave it in the pan --- Bake two....Send one to me as a test!!!
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:37 PM   #3
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I agree to ship it in the pan and include the topping in the package. Or if it's round see if you can find a tin to ship it in. It might still crack a bit, but it won't go all over the packaging.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:41 PM   #4
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I sent a pound cake to my son in law when he was stationed in Germany. He had to eat it with a spoon. I thought I had it packed securely. He said it tasted delicious.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:44 PM   #5
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I shipped cookies, banana bread loaves, fudge, and cocoa mix and the bread made it safely via UPS from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. I wrapped the loaves tightly in plastic wrap and they arrived in fine shape.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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You could ship it in its pan. Just buy an inexpensive one that you can give away.

However, if you don't want to ship it in the tube pan, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, but put a plastic or styrofoam glass in the center so it won't break.

Then, put the cake in a box as close to the size of the cake as possible, making sure you pad it with paper or some other packing material so it doesn't bump around in its box. Put that box into another box that's about 3+ inches bigger all around. Fill the space pretty firmly between the boxes with packing peanuts or bubble wrap. Seal and ship.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:53 PM   #7
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I find those air packets much more forgiving and steady when shipping. It's like whatever you are shipping is floating on a cloud and it doesn't have such a hard impact on the item being shipped if the box gets bumped.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:07 PM   #8
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Another vote for shipping in the pan. And avoid UPS. They have garbage customer service in terms of "on time shipping". FedEx has been much more customer friendly IMO. (I'll tell you the story over a glass of wine sometime. ;) )
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Another vote for shipping in the pan. And avoid UPS. They have garbage customer service in terms of "on time shipping". FedEx has been much more customer friendly IMO. (I'll tell you the story over a glass of wine sometime. ;) )
LOL ~ my experience is exactly the opposite. You couldn't pay me to ship FedEx. I guess we all have our shipping companies of choice. :)
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Canada vs US perhaps??
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