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How would you mail good cupcakes?

observor Nov 16, 2009 06:25 AM

There is an excellent cupcake place here in Charleston, SC and I would love for my mother to have some in Manchester, NH. They do not ship, and their product is of very high quality...lots of butter in the ample frosting, rich, moist cake...do you think these are shippable at all and if so how should I try it?

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    observor Nov 30, 2009 01:27 PM

    I ended up putting two cupcakes into one of the cupcake boxes they had given me, then put ithat into a bigger box and wrapped newspaper in the interspace to keep it from moving. As far as I know it got there alright, though I haven't heard everything yet.,

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      slewfoot Nov 18, 2009 06:24 PM

      Same way I would mail good carrot cake.

      1. Cherylptw Nov 18, 2009 06:13 PM

        Butter in the cupcakes would actually keep them moist; if you notice, when you see baked goods at the grocers, they are not in the freezer or refrigerator. They are left out on the shelves for a very long time and they don't go bad, so your cupcakes will be fine. Also, butter can be left on your kitchen counter for days without going bad, in fact, many restaurants do not refrigerate drawn or clarified butter.

        I'm a baker and I leave my butter & eggs out at room temp. overnight before I use them as well as my cream cheese before I bake cheesecakes.

        Personally, I would not freeze the cupcakes unless I knew what the ingredients are in the frosting. If the frosting contains shortening, it may bleed once thawed.

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        1. re: Cherylptw
          observor Nov 19, 2009 05:23 AM

          I thought that supermarket products had some type of preservative, and lower amounts of fresh ingredients, that would allow them be left out...these are definitely good cupcakes with fresh ingredients and no artificial preservatives...so you wouldn't freeze them and just send them and you think they will taste OK?

        2. David Kahn Nov 17, 2009 05:10 PM

          I'd freeze them and ship them in a cooler with dry ice, so they stay frozen.

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          1. re: David Kahn
            foodiesnorth Nov 18, 2009 09:12 AM

            I just discussed this very thing with one of local high end cupcake makers as I wanted to send boxes to far away cleints. She suggested the freezing solution.

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              bluemoon4515 Nov 18, 2009 02:02 PM

              hmm that's a good idea...would they defrost okay?

              1. re: bluemoon4515
                Kajikit Nov 18, 2009 04:16 PM

                Of course they would. And starting from frozen would give them a good headstart on staying fresh for shipping. Not to mention firming up the frosting so that it didn't end up smooshed all over the shipping box.

          2. Cherylptw Nov 16, 2009 08:54 PM

            If the cupcakes are fresh and don't contain cheese or cheese frosting, you don't need to put it with an ice pack. Just put it into a padded box with bubble wrap and it will be fine. Also make sure the box is the right size for the package, in other words, if you pack it in a large box and your container is smaller, you risk having the cupcakes destroyed en route.

            Perhaps a bakery will sell you the containers or another option is to buy a re-usable plastic cupcake holder that's two parts; one for placing the cupcakes, which keeps them steady & the lid that snaps close. You can buy these at party stores or walmart, etc.

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            1. re: Cherylptw
              observor Nov 16, 2009 09:12 PM

              Yeah, but they contain butter, won't that go bad the way cheese can? It's the same concept.

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                bluemoon4515 Nov 17, 2009 05:19 AM

                Not right away...cupcakes are usually good for several days even if they sit out on the counter at my house...if you put them in a container I'd think they'd be okay even longer.

                1. re: bluemoon4515
                  observor Nov 17, 2009 07:00 AM

                  Even if they have a lot of butter? I will take your word on it. I hope they don't dry out.

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              bluemoon4515 Nov 16, 2009 01:55 PM

              I definitely think they're shippable. I used to work at a UPS Store and we shipped cakes and baked goods pretty often. The best method I've seen is packing the cupcakes and frosting separate.
              If the bakery won't sell them to you that way...next best would be if you can put them into one of those plastic cupcake containers...so the cupcakes will stay in place (even better if you can get one that holds them such that if you flipped the box they won't tumble out of their place...I'm not sure where you could find one, but I've seen them so I know they exist).
              Then you should send them 3-day, 2nd day or overnight...depending on how long you think they'll last. You could throw some ice packs in there for good measure.

              If you can find a place that offers a packing service (UPS Stores do, I don't know about FedEx), you could always call them up and see what they suggest, too...

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              1. re: bluemoon4515
                observor Nov 16, 2009 08:42 PM

                Great suggestions...that's the thing, I am not sure how long they would last, and i would hate for my mother to become ill, but the ice pack is a good idea...does seem rather expensive for some cupcakes, though. They sure are good, though.

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