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Oct 23, 2007 05:43 PM

Cream cheese frosting (not refrigerated)?

I'm trying to figure out a way to bake & ship a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting cross-country to my daughter for her birthday. I was thinking of baking the cake in a 9 x 13" pan and securely cover it. I'd make a batch of cream cheese frosting (minus a couple of spoonfuls for tasting, of course!) and packing it in a separate container along with some candles for her to do a DIY birthday cake!! If it were to be shipped 2nd day (she lives in a remote area where overnight shipping would cost almost $100!), would the frosting be safe to eat??

Any other ideas or suggestions?

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  1. I would think probably not, as you do not know the conditions under which the icing will be stored while shipping. Have you thought about packing in dry ice?

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    1. re: sweeterpea

      This may by a sacrilage, but I think the homemade cake is the most important aspect of the Birthday cake Idea.... so howsabout sending along a "can' of Pillsbury or Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting. Its not homemade, but being hermedically sealed in a can, it wil ship no problem. Just a thought !

    2. I second trying the dry ice but I'm sure it won't last especially since you don't know if the places they transport them are air conditioned. I think the second best think would be to write out exact instructions for the frosting and include things like the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

      1. no helpful advice, but just wanted to say that you are a fantastic mom! frosted or not, she will be receiving love of the first order.

        1. I know what you mean about the cream-cheese frosting being a must. It's a must in my house. I grew up with food being left out on the counter for a couple of days, and the usual cream-cheese frosting contains enough sugar that it does not quickly spoil, so in cooler weather such as we have now (in the mid-Atlantic where I live), I would package the tub of frosting in lots of frozen gel packs inside a styrofoam container. If your daughter's an adult and you have told her to examine the frosting, she should be able to tell whether the frosting has gone off.

          My second choice would be to enclose the recipe for the frosting along with non-perishable ingredients like the powdered sugar and vanilla.

          1. Location(s) mean everything here, as in where are you shipping FROM and TO?

            Packaged Cream cheese often spends a night (or two) on my coolish kitchen counter to soften for various preps.

            It's my understanding that second-day shipping (distance is the factor) is done by air, in unheated cargo bays. I'd not hesitate to pack cake and a mixed frosting container in a styrofoam cooler and ship away.