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.Reply
What if I prefer to pick up my cake?
We do allow customers to pick up their own wedding cakes. This is a great option when the wedding location is far away and delivery is cost prohibitive. HOWEVER…please be sure that the person chosen for this task is prepared for what you are asking them to do. We have many stories of people showing up to pick up stacked wedding cakes with no room to put it in their car! No joke! On top of a bag of mulch and kitty litter is NOT the place for a wedding cake (unfortunately, a true story). As we already outlined in our blog post on delivery , transporting a wedding cake is a stressful job! Please don’t choose someone who is part of the wedding already and has a million other things to help with that day.
Pulling directly from our wedding cake contract (yes, unfortunately, legal mumbo jumbo is always necessary):
If you choose to pick up your cake, you will need a suitable vehicle that contains a flat surface in a climate controlled environment. SUVs and mini-vans with completely flat surfaces are preferred. Due to the height of wedding cakes, it will not be fully enclosed in the box. It is important to ensure there is nothing in the vehicle that might fall on the cake. If you choose to transport the cake outside these guidelines, it is at your own risk. Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery is not responsible for the cake once you leave the bakery.
The single biggest stress factor we see is that the stacked cakes are not fully enclosed in a a box. So, let’s address that scary issue, shall we? Stacked wedding cakes are not in a box that covers the entire cake. In fact, when we deliver, they don’t go in a box at all. Wedding cake boxes do exist. We just happen feel that boxes can give a false sense of security and there are more chances of damaging the cake trying to get the cake out of the box than traveling with the top exposed. Having said that…we will happily order one for you if that is preferred.
Now that we have thoroughly made everyone nervous, let us reassure you. Picking up your own wedding cake is totally doable! We just encourage planning ahead and we are more than willing to provide plenty of guidance on how to accomplish picking up your cake sans tragedy.