Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
Ok so here the situation.
My aunty makes fantastic cakes and has made wedding cakes for every member of our family, starting with my mums 27 years ago, so its a little bit of a tradition. Plus I cant really afford an extravagant cake like what she makes so it would be awesome.
Only thing is she lives in UK and the wedding is in SC. She has said if there is any way to travel with it her and my mum will. I immediately went to google and the answer was vague but some people were talking about using DHL as a fragile item or Fed-ex.
Does anybody have any experience mailing cakes? Carrying cakes on a plane or any advice in general??
Post # 3
Cakes on a plane are SO much better than snakes on a plane…
Any way she could bake it once she gets to SC? It might be easier that way.
I would suggest carrying it, but I get the feeling you can’t bring food on a plane. Anyone know the rule on that? I haven’t travelled internationally in a while, but I feel like I remember you can’t bring food on overseas flights like that.
I can’t imagine that any way you ship it, it won’t get at least a bit ruined. Maybe she can bake it in UK, but frost it when she gets to SC?
Post # 4
@leecy87: Is she coming to the wedding? Would it be possible to just make the cake over here?
Post # 5
TSA will let you bring food, such as a cake on a plane so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work – just have to be very careful! It may have to go through extra screening. That being said, not sure if the rules would differ originating in a European airport. I definitely wouldn’t risk shipping it though.
Post # 6
Can she come early and make your cake in SC?
Post # 7
i would have her bake it in sc instead of carrying cake or shipping cake over seas
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
i agree with pp that it makes the most sense for her to come early and make it in SC. however, if that is not an option, I would suggest bringing the (bare) layers on carry-on, and packing her decorating supplies and doing the frosting in the US. you’d want fresh frosting anyway.
Post # 9
If you’re coming from overseas, there is a good chance that US Customs will not allow this into the country. The rules on non-commercial food products include “Restricted items include meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, soil, and products made from animal or plant materials.”
Because the cake likely has eggs or other animal products, it will probably not be allowed in. And because I could not find an expressly-worded okay-or-not rule, there is a chance that the ultimate decision would be left with the customs agent; however, since there is no way to prove that a vegan cake is purely vegan (assuming she would change her recipe to be animal-free) I would expect the agent to err on the side of caution and not let the baked goods in.
Maybe ask your auntie to travel a few days early and make the cake at the destination. I absolutely would not risk having it stopped at the border. Customs officials have dogs that inspect incoming bags and it’s really hard to get anything past a dog. I’ve been made to throw an orange I got on the plane when I landed back in the states. Those guys don’t mess around.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
OK guys this brings about a new problem. Its a destination wedding and they are staying in a hotel. I would have to find somewhere for them to cook.
My Fiance says we could do it at his sisters house who is the only person I know who lives in SC but if youve followed my post you know I have major issues with his sister. She was supposed to be a bridesmaid as she basically said she was too busy with exams and shell get back to me on when she can get involved (her exams finished 2 weeks after that ). THAT WAS LIKE 10 MONTHS AGO. So I went on without her and she got in contact a few weeks ago but said nothing about being in the party.
We also were going to visit her early last year as my Fiance hadnt seen her in years. Booked a flight from Spain to SC and she then told us she wasnt going to be around as it was her Goddaughters bday in VA and that we should just get a hotel and shell see us sometime.
My Fiance says shes changed and shell help us out but I feel shes gonna get funny last minute and theres going to be some drama like last time.
Post # 11
I suggest she bake the cake in SC, but I recommend she bring her own flour. UK flour uses a different grind and consistency than in America, so her recipes won’t work as well with our flour. You can bring goods into the US; I’ve brought jam etc. in, and she could probably bring the cake in, but it might cause her or you stress.
Post # 12
An old resident of mine used to order cakes from another state. They were delivered to her. Somthey were shipped some how. I’d call fed ex.
Post # 13
@futuremrsk18: LOL, that was first thing that came through my mind…SNAKES ON A PLANE!!!
Post # 14
@leecy87: I would contact the hotel you all are staying at and ask to borrow the kitchen! Explain the predicament. You’ll find that we South Carolinians can be hospitable to those in need!
Post # 15
I would check with the shipping companies to see if it is allowed. I do not think your aunt would be able to carry it on the plane with her. I was once waiting in line in customs, and an officer was going through the line with a dog (I think it was the USDA, the dog was a beagle). The dog was sniffing everyones bags and sat down in front of a man in line. Turned out he had a sandwich or something in his bag, and the officer took it away from him.
Post # 16
we are doing this. people do this very thing all the time. sometimes, they buy the cake its own seat on the plane and strap it in. just have to send it through the x-ray machine prior to boarding. in our case, we chose to have the cake layers pre-made, cut, wrapped and frozen, then packed in a carry-on. my fiancee’s grandmother will assemble and decorate the cake on-location. she’s bringing along any dyes, icings, etc in checked luggage. i offered to allow her to bake it from scratch in our bridal suite, but she preferred not to travel with all her pans and knives and whatnot.