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My dear friend Laurie recently turned forty years young. Since 3000 miles separate us, I obviously couldn't spend the actual day with her. So I had a dilemma... what could I do for her that would really make her feel special on her big day??? Then I remembered something. One time she had said she wished I could make her 40th birthday cake. That was it! I wasn't going to let the miles between us keep me from making her a cake.

I baked a cake in a aluminum tin, topped it with yummy buttercream frosting and then decorated it with fondant to make shipping possible. Fairly simple, forty candles for forty wonderful years.

In preparation for Laurie's birthday, I did a "dry run" if you will. Another friend, who lives much closer, had a birthday and I tested the process. I thought if a trip to Brooklyn, NY goes smooth, then I'll shoot for the cross-country trip. The note with this cake said "Wish we could just hop on the F train to come sing you happy birthday".

Yes, the cake did arrive safe and sound. Sorry I didn't include that information the first time. You can see Laurie's write up about receiving it here on her blog. I will say it looks like the card I stuck in there left small indentations on the fondant. I knew I shouldn't have put that in there when I did it. Oh well, live and learn!


Sandra said...

Very cute! This is a great idea for my sister who lives halfway across the country!

vferrucci said...

Love the design for the 40th cake! So simple, yet so creative!

I run for cake! said...

WOW! That is a super cute and creative way to ship a cake!I love the design with the fondant candles! You will have to let us know if the cake arrived safely!

steph said...

great idea! very creative. Can't wait to hear if the cake survived the trip.

Michelle said...

What a fabulous idea! I'd love to feature it on my blog, with your permission. Email me! :)

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Allie Pro. said...

wow what a fantastic idea! I'd love to try that out for a friend of mine that lives in Colorado!
How long did it take for the package to get to your friend? and Did you use express mail or standard shipping?
I'd love to know more! Thanks!

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Jay said...

Wow...Where did you find the tin with lid?

a. party style said...

Thanks for the compliments everyone! Allie Pro, I usually ship them Priortiy Mail via USPS (2-3 days). Jay, I bought the tin with a lid at Michael's. They have a large and a small.

Allie Pro. said...

thanks! i'll definitely give it a try now :)

Jay said...

Thanks! I have a little nephew turning 2 next week. I made his cake last year, we wanted it to be a tradition that I make his cake every year. I will not be able to make it to the party this year...his mom will cry when she gets it in the mail.

a. party style said...

Jay, what a nice surprise for your nephew and his mom. You almost made me cry too!

Everyone, make sure to fill the tin pretty full and keep the fondant on the thicker side to really secure the cake.

Corey Drushal said...

How did you ship the tin? Did you wrap it or did you just tape the lid down or put it in a box?

a. party style said...

Corey, I packed the tin tightly with newspaper in a Flat Rate box from the post office to insure speedy delivery.

Anonymous said...

So I absolutely LOVE this idea, but I can't find a tin like this ANYWHERE!!! I've looked at Macy's, JC Penny, Kohl's, even Michael's didn't have them!!! Any ideas on where I can find one???

a. party style said...

Anonymous - Oh no! I always buy mine at Michael's. They are in the gift wrap section. I hope they didn't stop selling them!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... I looked in like the baking section then asked one of the girls who worked there and she looked at me with the "deer in the headlights" look and said that she was pretty sure they didn't sell anything like that. I will go back and check again and post on here the results of my search! Lol. Thanks!

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