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Apr 2, 2012 01:28 PM

Homemade birthday cake sent by snail mail. Any recipie suggestions?

I'd like to send a fun and yummy birthday cake by mail to my 14 year old boy. Regular mail takes about 7 to 10 days to arrive where he lives. I'm in Vancouver, he's in Quebec. Anyone have suggestions as to what would be a good birthday cake recipie that will survive the trip and the length of time it takes to get there?

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  1. This is a big risk, foodiebridey. At very least you want a sturdy cake; something like applesauce cake that's very moist. Even that though, with the length of time you're proposing, isn't a surefire deal. A fondant covered cake might make it, but the fondant itself will be fairly dry.
    Can I suggest that if there's a local bakery, they might send one to him? Or might you consider making, say cookies and decorating them? I'm not a consummate baker, so none of this is gospel - and I'll sure be interested in hearing what other people have to say about this.

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    1. re: mamachef

      Thanks! Went with the cookies - he devoured them!

    2. I second what mamachef said. Short of liquor-infused fruitcakes or gingerbread molasses cakes (which may not appeal to a teenager's tastebuds), I don't know of a lot of cakes that "keep" well. Have you considered brownies or blondies?

      I don't know where in the province of Quebec your boy resides, but there are places that ship cakes mentioned on other chow boards like here:

      Good luck!

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      1. re: pinehurst

        I like the alcohol-infusion idea particularly, but maybe not for Sam. Thanks!

      2. Well, you can't use frosting unless it's a layer cake and you settle for just putting it between the layers. I think you'd be better off making a pound cake, no frosting. Maybe a glaze that dries hard. If you can get Solo brand almond filling (canned, in the kosher aisle), I recommend the almond bundt cake that is on the label. If it's not still there it will be on the site.
        It has a lot of butter and is a firm cake that could also be done in loaf pans. It keeps just beautifully in the fridge for several weeks so I think it would do well in transit to your boy.

        There are of course scores of different pound cake flavors. Another one I like is sweet potato.

        Ooh - just remembered. Amish Friendship Bread! There are different styles. I mean the one that uses milk, yeast, and sugar for the starter, then instant pudding in the batter, and is baked in loaf pans. It is like a quickbread or the Sock-it-to-Me coffee cake, but the starter gives it a much better, more complex flavor. And your kid would probably get a kick out of the history of the cake and how it is made.

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        1. re: greygarious

          I am learning alot from you all - a cake high in sugar will increase its shelf life. And thanks for the idea of the friendship bread - sounds like another way to keep up with old friends.

        2. I might suggest doing cupcakes -- maybe a maple cake (just made a great one last weekend if this interests you) -- cut off the tops, reserve them, hollow a little in the center, filling with a stable buttercream, and put the tops back on. maybe send a glaze on the side in a taped shut sealed tupperware, that he can drizzle on. pack them tightly in saran, then foil, then freeze them. send them from frozen, and put the glaze in the shipping box.

          either way, if you decide to do a whole cake, freeze it first, then ship it. the defrosting time will be preserved time.
          happy birthday to son!

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          1. even when shipped initially frozen, i don't know of any cake that will last 9 more days and still be delicious. unless it is booze-soaked as mentioned, lol. even the most moist cakes start drying and fading after 4 days or so.

            any thoughts on a giant cookie?

            no possibility to express ship? why go through all that trouble? it's such a thoughtful gesture.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I sent him cookies - he was very happy. Thank you!