How-to: ship a cupcake (solution?)March 13, 2008 at 7:25 PM | Posted in cupcakes, shipping | 80 Comments
Who’s really gonna read this paragraph? Everyone will make a beeline scroll down to the pictures first. Am I right? Its ok… go ahead. I’ll wait.
::staring @ my frosted cuppys with glee::
Shipped from California to Massachusetts
IHC shipping in 5 simple steps — (Why 5? Well we all know 5 is better than 4, right Nikki?)
The pièce de résistance. I give you my shipping secret – a plastic cup.
I prepared the cupcake by freezing it and then keeping the moisture in with saran wrap and secured them with a sticker. Next I added foil to the bottom of the cup to keep the cupcake in the cup. I think my next version will be to find cups that have a lid instead of using foil. Think cuppy-accino!
I also needed to find a way for the cupcakes to have limited mobility within the box so I used cardboard scraps and made dividers for individual cupcake compartments.
Waste not want not! I used the box insert to anchor the cups together at the top.
Voila! Close the top, secure it shut and ready to ship!
Alrighty… now that you’ve learned the secret, let’s talk logistics. I knew I didn’t have the luxury of dry ice or insulated shipping boxes like some professional cupcakeries do. I also do not have the funds to pay for overnight shipping either. Maybe I was asking too much with those constraints but I wanted something easy to assemble, cheap and didn’t damage the cupcake.
So I started thinking about some kind of individual container that would make gravity work for me and not against me. After weeks of pondering, it came to me! I remember sipping on a Starbuck’s iced caramel macchiato and I realized that the slightly sloped sides of the plastic cup would work great for shipping cupcakes! (Is that a stretch or what? Goes to show you, you can find inspiration anywhere!) Think about it? When you turn it upside down it doesn’t allow the cupcake to move lower. *light bulb*
I did not try my experiment with regular cupcake liners though. Not sure how well my method would work since cupcake liners tend to be less rigid compared to PNCs. Might have to give that variation a try next time!
So what do you think? Comments? Suggestions? Questions… I am all ears.
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