Things You'll Need
1 Box of Heavy-duty plastic wrap
5 packets of Dry ice
Notice of Refrigeration
Clear packing tape
Larger, flat cardboard box
Red magic marker
Black felt-tipped marker
Money for overnight shipping
Shipping cheesecakes entails packing the dessert into two boxes to give the cake extra protection while en route to its destination. That's also important to preserve its cold temperature. You will need to buy a box that gives you just enough room to fit the cheesecake and packing materials inside and a bigger box that can hold the first box and more peanuts.
Leave the cheesecake in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid. Do not ship the cheesecake unless it is frozen. (The cake can last 3 to 6 months when stored in a freezer.)
Wrap the cheesecake in five layers of plastic wrap. Pull the wrapping tightly over the cake as you loop the plastic around it for each layer. Tuck the loose ends firmly around the pan and under the bottom when you finish.
Line the bottom of the smaller corrugated cardboard box with shipping peanuts.
Sit the cheesecake on top of the peanuts.
Lay a cloth--like a dish towel--over the top of the cake to protect the surface. Stick the ends of the cloth under the cake pan.
Tuck a packet of dry ice on all four sides of the box against the cake pan. Layer one on top of the cloth covering the cheesecake.
Completely fill the box with peanuts. Pack them in tightly around the cake so that it won't move.
Firmly tape the box shut with clear packing tape.
Put a layer of peanuts on the bottom of the big box.
Sit the smaller box in top of the peanuts inside the big box.
Fill the big box with peanuts to the top. Again, make sure the box is densely packed to keep the smaller box from shifting inside.
Seal the box shut with the packing tape the same way you did with the smaller one.
Write the words "Fragile," "Perishable," "Contains Dry Ice," and "Refridgerate Upon Opening" on each side of the box in large, neat capital letters with a red marker.
Write the shipping address on the top of the box with a black felt-tipped magic market.
Put your return address in the upper left-hand corner with the black marker.
In the bottom left corner on the box's top, write "This End Up" in capital letters with the red marker.
Immediately take the box to your closest post office, UPS station or Fed Ex location for delivery. Request that a receipt be sent to you when the box arrives. Use the following services:
If you ship through the U.S. Post Office, use the Express Mail service since it guarantees overnight delivery.
If you are shipping via UPS, it's best to use UPS Express Critical. With this service, the package will arrive the same day.
If you are shipping by Fed Ex, the company's Website has you fill out a form before it provides shipping possibilities (see Resources). However, you can call 1-800-GO-FEDEX for same day delivery, and the company also offers FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx Standard Overnight service.
Some cheesecake companies use two-day shipping to deliver their products. However, unless you have experience in professionally packing perishable goods for shipping, it's best to stick to overnight delivery.
If you can, avoid shipping perishables during the hot weather months of June, July, August, and September.