(Closed) Cakes on a plane

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Helper bee

@leecy87:  Is she coming to the wedding? Would it be possible to just make the cake over here?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Can she come early and make your cake in SC?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i would have her bake it in sc instead of carrying cake or shipping cake over seas

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • 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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
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Busy bee

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
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Busy bee

@futuremrsk18:  LOL, that was first thing that came through my mind…SNAKES ON A PLANE!!!

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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.

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