Originally Posted by aobodessa
Amazing ... like many others here, I have not had much luck with FedEx, so I don't think I would have paid the $93 to ship a cake from OH to PA. That being said, I HAVE shipped cookies in the past, from Michigan to a Bride in New Jersey. 10-1/2 dozen, via USPS.
Each cookie was put into a cellophane bag, tied with a bow. I then put 9 cookies per box into pizza boxes with a sheet of bubble wrap underneath and above the layer of cookies, which had 3-D calla lilies on them made of chocolate paste. Then the boxes were stacked 7-high, wrapped AGAIN in bubble wrap and put into a USPS shipping box, then padded with even more bubble wrap. Two boxes and lots of bubble wrap later, they were ready to go. It only cost me about $36 for the postage and they arrived in 2 days, with only about 5 broken cookies. My Bride was very happy.
The UPS cost to ship? $293.00, not including any boxes/packaging, which (of course) they would have done for me at an additional cost!!!! My pizza boxes cost me $14.95 at the local GFS Marketplace, and I still have 36 left. The bubble wrap cost me around $20 (had lots on hand to start with), so I did okay.
Would I ship a cake??? Nope, but cakes are not quite as sturdy as cookies, I think.
Finally, I was watching some program about weddings on Style or Lifetime or We or some such channel, and they covered the wedding of figure skater Todd Eldredge. His fiancee was concerned that Todd's beloved red convertible (a Mazerati?) could not make the trip to Florida (apparently it's his baby), so she had a cake designer in Washington-state make her a replica as the Groom's cake. It was shipped to them in Florida, to arrive at the hotel where the wedding was held, and arrived in one piece. I don't know what shipping method they used (presumably it had to go by air at some point), BUT their packaging was shown on the program and I thought it was a really good idea at the time.
The box was a really sturdy-looking, standard, cardboard box ... heavy-duty, courrogated, etc. The baker had cut a fairly sizeable "window" out of one side, which showed the cake clearly. The window was then covered in clear acetate or plastic or something. There were plenty of red & black arrows pointing "UP" and the words "FRAGILE" everywhere, but on the front of the box, above the window, it was very clearly printed (with arrows pointing at the window) "YES, THIS IS A CAKE! PLEASE BE CAREFUL!"
When they showed it at the reception, there was not a crack on it. I was plenty amazed.
Maybe this will help those of you who are considering shipping cakes in the future. (And if I am not mistaken, Sylvia Weinstock also ships her cakes, too. But, as someone said, the recipient is paying the price ON TOP OF the cost of the original cake ... and we all know those big-name cake decorators are getting a lot more per serving than many of us little people. Just remember that.)