With the widespread presence of international companies on the Internet, you can purchase a birthday cake and have it delivered to a friend or loved one all the way across the world. You also can bake a cake and ship it internationally. This is the case if you are hoping to send a friend who lives "down under" in Australia a custom birthday cake. Select your message, flavours and design. Pay online, and the sweet treat will be on its way to the special person. If you bake a cake and send it via international mail, make sure you package it properly.
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Things you need
- Internet connection
- Credit card
- Cake box
- Cling film
- Bubble wrap
- White craft glue
- Packing Tape
- Biodegradable packing peanuts
- Shipping box
Select a recipe for a "sturdy" cake that is more likely to hold up in the rock and roll of international travel. A pound cake or a fruit cake are both dense and will not break apart easily. A cake that is baked in a disposable aluminium cake pan also will have more support than a cake that is placed in a cake box alone. Cakes embellished with fondant, which is a firm, sleek icing that has the look of matt plastic, instead of traditional icing also may fare better in international travel. Avoid cakes that have ingredients that can melt during travel, such as chocolate chips or fudge.
Bake your cake in a disposable aluminium cake pan, which you can buy from your local grocery store. Wrap the cake in cling film several times. Then wrap it in bubble wrap once or twice.
Open your cake box, and cover the base of the box with white craft glue. Place the bubble-wrapped cake in the box so that the bottom touches the glue. Allow the glue to dry.
Fill in the open spaces in the box with biodegradable packing peanuts. Close the box, and tape it shut with packing tape.
Take your cake box to your local post office, and get an official USPS shipping box. Wrap the cake box several times in bubble wrap, and place it snugly in the USPS box. Fill in the gaps with more biodegradable packing peanuts. On top of the peanuts, place a piece of paper that reads the following: "This is a birthday cake." Tape the box shut with packing tape.
Fill out the shipping label in all capitals. Pay insurance on the package if you are not paying for a shipping service that includes insurance. Ask the post office representative to stamp "FRAGILE" several times on the box. The representative may ask you if there are any hazardous materials in the box. You can tell her that you are shipping a cake. There are not any regulations against shipping cakes from the United States to Australia.
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Make a short list of bakeries that are based in Australia and that also have an online presence. You can do this through a simple Internet search based on the city where your friend lives. You also can gather recommendations from your friend or other friends who live in Australia.
Select a bakery that is in the city where your friend lives. A good indicator that the bakery is located in Australia is the "au" located right after the ".com" in the website address.
Choose the colour scheme, design, message and cake consistency--such as the filling, cake batter and icing flavours. Different Australian bakery sites allow you to custom order a cake or select from several options for a specific cake design.
Fill in the shipping information for where your friend lives and your personal information, including your credit card. Hit the "submit" button or the like, and your cake is on its way.
Sending an Australian Bakery Cake
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