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How to send cake in the post?

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anyamohideen Wed 18-Mar-20 10:43:30

Due to the current situation, I am unable to visit my friend for her birthday, so I thought I could bake her a cake and send it to her (London to Birmingham)

I have never sent a cake before in the post. I am thinking of making a banana loaf as that has no icing.

What is the best way of packaging a cake and sending it via the post so it arrives in one piece?

Would it be easier to send baked cookies or another type of baked goods?

Thank you! cake

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YetAnotherSpartacus Wed 18-Mar-20 10:49:36

I sent a simnel cake to my Mum once. I baked it, cooled it, wrapped it in paper, foil and then popped it in a box and filled up the gaps (inc. at the top) with tissue paper so that it could barely move around. I think I sent the marzipan eggs in a little paper packet along with instructions re how to singe the marzipan. I avoided plastic in case it sweated.

TorysSuckRevokeArticle50 Wed 18-Mar-20 10:54:47

Something fairly robust would work fine, but frosting and a light deli plate cake will fall apart.

You could do some lovely fancy brownies in a foil tin and leave them in the tin for packing.

BlueCowWonders Wed 18-Mar-20 16:16:01

I send cakes weekly to student dc.
Bake in a loaf tin and either send in an old ice cream container or wrap well and send in a shoe box (plenty of space for other goodies in that one). Icing on top seems to survive well enough if you've got plenty of parchment.
Or brownies
Or flapjack
All have been v gratefully received grin

anyamohideen Thu 19-Mar-20 16:42:18

oooo thank you very much! An Icecream box is a very good idea!

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anyamohideen Thu 19-Mar-20 16:42:52

thank you for the advice! especially about avoiding plastic!

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anyamohideen Thu 19-Mar-20 16:43:20

good idea! thank you!

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HollowTalk Thu 19-Mar-20 16:49:24

What do you say it is, when the post office staff ask you?

BlueCowWonders Fri 20-Mar-20 15:45:36

And then they smile 😊 at me understandingly!
There's no restrictions on sending baked goods.

SoupDragon Fri 20-Mar-20 15:51:09

I've sent Brownies in a Tupperware box. The most dangerous part of their journey was when the post office man's eyes lit up when I said it was cake smile

HollowTalk Fri 20-Mar-20 23:08:18

That's a good idea. I might do that this week!

Smidge001 Fri 20-Mar-20 23:11:05

But how can you take it to the post office while social distancing? Sending a birthday cake is hardly 'essential' is it?

HollowTalk Fri 20-Mar-20 23:15:02

You've got me there! Have to change my thinking, obviously.

MyOtherProfile Fri 20-Mar-20 23:17:35

I'd send a deconstructed cake like this IKEA one grin

MrsJoshNavidi Fri 20-Mar-20 23:21:41

I sent a Christmas cake to DSis some years ago when she was serving in Afghanistan. I wrapped it in greaseproof paper and put it in a metal cake tin then wrapped it in brown paper so that I could address it. It survived the journey.

YetAnotherSpartacus Fri 20-Mar-20 23:21:53

^ According to another thread a while back that Ikea cake would be worth around 70 quid.

SoupDragon Sat 21-Mar-20 07:32:53

But how can you take it to the post office while social distancing? Sending a birthday cake is hardly 'essential' is it?

If you make something like brownies you can pack them in a "large letter" sized box and post them in a post box.

Cake will always find a way.

Badgerling Sat 21-Mar-20 07:44:01

I think tarte&berry are still open, you can order a mini selection of traybake style cakes and have them posted directly to your friend smile

They’ve always been super tasty whenever I’ve had them before

Smidge001 Sat 21-Mar-20 20:44:32

cake will always find a way grin

TellMeItsNotTrue Sun 22-Mar-20 15:54:32

Not the same as baking but Sponge! make amazing cakes and somehow they survive the post despite being delivered upside down and held under their arms etc 😂

My favourite is probably sticky toffee, but I love them all. They do 2 different sizes, plus mini sponges, and have vegan and gluten free which are amazing, unlike most vegan or gluten free cakes

kateandme Sun 22-Mar-20 20:08:03

just put the icing in a little (as in those small small ones)next to it in the package.easy to do if you go with the shjoebox idea.

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