So I think I have reached a temporary Cupcake Shipping method. It works, don't get me wrong, but I'd still like a better one. For now, I'm going to be sticking with the method I used for my sister's birthday cupcake shipment. This involves sealing up the cupcake that has been baked in a jar, and shipping the frosting separately in a Zippy bag that the recipient will snip the corner off of and turn into a piping bag.
This is how it looked pre-shipment:
And after it arrived in New York:
Hmm, the cupcake is remarkably amazingly similar, no??
Then Jenn took her zippy bag of buttercream, and piped away:
This works, right? Looks good to me! And according to Jenn it was! The only reason it is not THE shipping method for me yet is because A.) Jenn said that the frosting was de-aired a little bit. The light and fluffy aspect of the frosting dissipated a bit from its travels in a sealed zip lock bag. Though it tasted good, she reported, its not quite the most perfect result. B.) I haven't decided HOW much THIS particular aspect matters to me yet, but I still like the idea of being able to ship it with the icing already prettily piped on there. Cupcakes lose a bit of their appeal when they are not AS cute as they should be. I take pride in my piping skills, and Jenn doesn't get to experience that when she globs it out of a ziplock bag. Though it is nice she can control how much frosting she wants on her cupcake (all of it, I assume), and I don't have to worry about the cupcake getting soggy from the frosting sitting on top of it, it would be nice for the recipient to receive their cupcake with an adorably swirly dollop of buttercream. So anyway, I'm still looking for a new method, but this'll do for now.
And of course, Jennifer has to feed some frosting to the kitten.