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Creating… shippable banana cupcakes

At a recent family gathering, my cousin teased me about all the yummy dessert pictures I post on Facebook. “You know those will ship in one day via UPS.” (He’s a UPS driver.)

So, I did a little online research on the best way to ship cupcakes. I figured it was an impossibility especially with frosting, but Georgetown cupcake has a method I’m going to attempt. (Thanks, Cupcakes take the cake, for posting such a nice breakdown with pictures of their delicious box!)

I have a backup method if this one falls on its frosting: heavier to ship – baking in jelly jars via the Cupcake Project.

My test shipment includes:

6, small banana cupcakes with irish butter cream frosting and honeyed pecans, frozen
2, half dozen aluminum baking pans (2 pack from dollar store)
1, insulated bag (dollar store)
1, freezer pack (dollar store)
1, small box
1, slightly larger box
packing material

Room Temperature Test - Note the frosting rub off when the second tin is place over top. Next batch will have to be slightly smaller and frosting centered and away from the edges. I am opting out of the supporting center stick by using the nut to protect the frosting.

Room Temperature Test – Note the frosting rub off when the second tin is place over top. Next batch will have to be slightly smaller and frosting centered and away from the edges. I am opting out of the supporting center stick by using the nut to protect the frosting from sticking to the lid.

Frozen Cupcakes packed in 2 foil baking tins.

Frozen Cupcakes packed in 2 foil baking tins.

Frozen cupcakes, protected and taped for shipping.

Frozen cupcakes, protected and taped for shipping.

Tight fit box with peanut cushion to protect delicate foil tins.

Tight fit box with peanut cushion to protect delicate foil tins, and potentially insulate.

Insulated bag and freezer pack encasing the boxed cupcakes.

Insulated bag and freezer pack encasing the boxed cupcakes.

Secondary outer box for shipping.

Secondary outer box for shipping.

Back into the freezer overnight!

Back into the freezer overnight!

I shipped this box out via USPS Click n Ship, Express Mail. Shipped Monday, due to arrive Tuesday. Under $20.

Arrival!! Shipped out Monday at 8am – Received Tuesday at 6pm (delivered by noon)

My cupcakes have arrived at their destination and seem to be intact!

cupcakes!

They are cool to the touch but not frozen. And there was NO disruption of frosting. Amazing. I am noticing a little bit of weeping from the frosting freezing and thawing.

Notes for next time:

• Test freeze and thaw a cupcake to assess the “presentation”.

• Probably should use a smooth tip, the swirls seem to attract unsightly runs.

• And the honeyed pecan is just too sticky to survive. I suspect melting honey to be part of the problem.

• Keep frosting well within the center of the cupcake to avoid side smooshage.

• Also, keep the cupcakes smaller to avoid side smooshage.

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2 comments on “Creating… shippable banana cupcakes

  1. k
    February 27, 2013

    Great idea using the tins!

    • Miranda
      February 27, 2013

      I was pleasantly surprised that they worked so well!

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