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How to Ship a Cake

Is there anything better than being gifted a homemade cake? Why yes, there actually is! How about receiving that homemade cake in the mail? If there’s a sweeter surprise than a tasty treat showing up unexpectedly on your porch, we can’t think of it!

shipping a cake

Have you considered shipping a cake, but are worried it won’t arrive safe and sound, in all its tasty glory? Well you’re in luck. Today we’re showing you exactly what you need to do to know how to ship a cake in just five easy steps.

Shipping a Cake in 5 Easy Steps

They say it’s the thought that counts, and that is true…in fact, we don’t know anyone who wouldn’t enjoy the sentiment, time and thoughtfulness that goes into sending a cake. But if you’re serious about wanting to ship a cake, keep in mind that some cakes are more suitable for shipping than others. 

Dense cakes (like carrot cake, cheesecake, fruitcake or pound cake) tend to tolerate the shipping process better, and they’re more likely to arrive intact and still pretty. 

Lighter cakes, or those with very fancy decorations, will generally be a bit more tricky to ship. And of course, you want to make sure that you’re shipping cakes that are on the less-perishable side. Frosting made with a lot of dairy or eggs, or any ingredients that typically require refrigeration, may not be the best idea.

You’ll Need

The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies. You’ll want to have the following on hand so you can properly wrap and pack your cake so it shows up in perfect condition and ready to enjoy.

Step #1 – Package the Cake

Ready to learn how to mail a cake that’ll survive the trip? Our secret tip: freeze the cake before shipping it! Genius, right? 

Remove the cake from the freezer just before you want to ship it. Without letting it thaw, wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap. Using multiple layers will better the chance of your sweet treat successfully making the journey. 

Stuck on the idea of sending a specific type of cake you’re worried may not travel well? You might still be able to! Given the right packaging, even those more fragile cakes may still be an option. Cutting a cake into smaller pieces and wrapping them individually is a great alternative to shipping a whole cake. 

Use an appropriately-sized cake box, with not too much room, to ensure the cake stays in place throughout the shipping process. You’ll want to pack the cake box inside a larger shipping box, and it’s not a bad idea to use cold packs.

Step #2 – Line Shipping Box with Cold Packs

You want the cake box to fit as tightly as possible inside the shipping box. Using ice packs in between the two boxes is the perfect way to create a snug fit. If you’re using dry ice, remember to use gloves when packing the box.

Step #3 – Seal the Box with Shipping Tape

Seal your shipping box well enough to prevent any terrible mishaps while the cake is in transit. Tape along the sides and the midseam where the flaps come together on both the top and the bottom of the shipping box.

Step #4 – Label the Outside of the Box

In addition to an address label, it’s smart to create both “Fragile” and “Keep Upright” labels. Whether you’re shipping perishables, or breakables, the right label can help ensure carriers keep your packages upright and in a safe transport position. Because the last thing anyone wants is an upside down cake on their doorstep! Keep your cake safe from the moment you put it in the box with any one of our Fragile and Keep Upright-themed labels.  

Step #5 – Choose the Right Shipping Method

If you’re shipping cake during the summer or in a particularly warm part of the year, or if the recipient lives far away, consider investing in expedited shipping methods to ensure the cake arrives as quickly as possible and doesn’t spoil.

Mail a Cake with Supplies from Paper Mart!

Shipping a cake is sweet, both literally and figuratively. And you’re guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face when you send the sweetest gift possible.

Browse the full selection of cake boxes and shipping supplies offered by Paper Mart today. We’ve got everything you need to make the tastiest delivery of the year!



  1. Jana OBrien August 18, 2023

    My cakes have glazes/ frostings and was told the glazes/frostings need to be packaged seperately in a small plastic dish etc that customer would just apply to cake themselves since the frozen cake would need to be wrapped in plastic wrap when frozen. I love these boxes but are there any that allow space to add additional container for glaze etc?

    • Christyanne at Paper Mart October 12, 2023

      Hi Jana,

      Thank you for your comment! For questions about specific products, please reach out to our dedicated customer service team at or give us a call at 1-800-788-4800. Our team is available between 6am-5pm PST and will be delighted to assist you!

  2. Claudia Cargile February 25, 2022

    Very helpful! 👏. Thank you❤️

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