Unfortunately I do not live in the same city or even same state as my mom. She is 725 miles away in KY and I'm down south in Mobile, AL so I only got to wish her happy Mother's Day over the phone. Last year my husband and I decided to drive up and surprise her for mother's day and her birthday since it was on the same weekend, let's just say she was in complete shock! The whole ride up we kept calling her and telling her how we were heading to the beach and making up stories of our plans for the day! Little did she know a few hours later we would be sitting at one of her favorite restaurants as she walked in with my sister, talk about a big surprise!
This year we were not able to make the same trip to KY so I wanted to come up with a surprise for my mom to show her how much I appreciate her. So I got this crazy idea to mail her one of my homemade cakes when I was looking at the blog A Party Style. This lady made an adorable birthday cake in a can for her friend's 40th birthday. She shipped it in the mail and it survived the journey arriving all in one piece! So I figured what the heck I would give this a try!
So I made a yellow cake with buttercream frosting, placed fondant overtop to secure the cake and then went to town decorating with hearts and "Love you MOM" in purple, pink and red. I happily went to the UPS store and asked the lady to ship my cake. She said no problem, we do this all the time and the cakes make it there fine. I was still a little hesitant as I had never shipped a cake in the mail before only some cookies, but the lady who helped me made it sound like it would be fine.
Well 2 days later I get a call from my mom saying "I got a nice crumb cake in the mail today" followed by laughter! I just knew at that moment that my cake did not survive the journey across the states from AL to KY. She said "I have no clue what it was suppose to look like but it tastes good". Then we both just continued to laugh on the phone. I told her to stop eating it and to call my sister to come take a picture of it so I could see what this cake wreck looked liked. In the meantime I sent her a picture of what the "before" cake should have looked like and then anxiously awaited for my sister's email to see what the "after" cake looked like. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened her picture...it is like half of the cake almost disappeared and where did all of the fondant go?
Maybe my mistake was not filling the entire can with cake, there must have been too much empty space in the can. Looks like I won't be making any more cakes in a can for a while!
Happy Mother's Day!