How To Ship Cakes

If you want to know how to ship cakes, read on for tips so it arrives fresh, moist, and in one piece. Not all cakes ship well, but firm ones such as pound, fruit, carrot, and spice cakes are usually ok to ship. Don't frost them – if the cake should have frosting, ship it in a container with the cake. Ask your local post office about shipping perishable items – they will often recommend overnight shipping with ice packs. 

To ship cakes, you'll need:

  • Cushioning material, such as styrofoam peanuts, newspaper, bubble wrap, or tissue paper
  • Containers, which should be about the same size of the cakes
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • Box or carton
  • Packing tape
  • Shipping label
  • ice packs (optional)
  1. Wrap the cakes in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. This seals moisture into the cake, and keeps it fresh.
  2. Place the cakes into a containers lined with cushioning material. Make sure they are totally surrounded by cushioning on all sides.
  3. Place cushioning on the bottom of your shipping carton. Place the containers into the box, and line the sides and top with cushioning. Make sure the cakes won't slide around. If you use ice packs, place them in the outer box along with the cushion. This is recommended when shipping perishable items, or in warm weather.
  4. Fill out the shipping label and seal the box with packing tape. Ship the cakes quickly, and make sure to let the post office know that the items are perishable.
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