Shipping a King Cake
Has anyone had any experience with this? I send about ten a year to friends and family out-of-state. In the past, I've used Gambino's and Randazzo's, but these are getting prohibitively expensive at a minimum of $40 each. I'm considering buying the king cakes at local prices and shipping them myself by two-day priority mail. I'm estimating that I can save at least half the cost by doing it this way but I'm wondering how well they will travel. I'm inclined to avoid the filled ones because the filling might be more susceptible to spoiling. Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome.
I think sending the local ones directly by two day mail would have the same result as Gambino's even with the additional delivery day. My cousin has sent both the filled & unfilled to me each year. Mine always arrive in good shape even tho I can tell FedEx has thrown the box around. The one that arrives at work ends up sitting out and no one has gotten sick yet. :) I say give it a try.
I've sent single, fresh roses in Priority Mail tubes a number of times without problems, using a lot of tissue paper.
There may be some restrictions by the USPS regarding consumables. You may want to send one to yourself (or a friend) as an experiment to see how well it travels (or ask a former recipient how they were packed last year by the bakers). Generally, unfrosted items aren't a problem, heavily frosted ones are. King Cake is similar to a strudel, so it shouldn't be problematic. I wouldn't worry about spoilage either, as most of my items have been received within 1-2 days shipped Priority Mail.