I sent a close personal friend cupcakes for her birthday and I must share with you how phenomenal the experience was. Being able to actually taste the cupcakes MYSELF would have enhanced the whole thing, but that is a little hard 3000 miles away.
I searched far and wide for cupcakes by mail. Mrs. Beasley's kept coming up, until it was undeniable that they would have to be my purveyors. The only reason I was even hesitating was that I wanted to order Poppers, their adorable miniature cupcakes and you have to CALL for those, instead of doing it all online.
I found an actual retail location 4 miles from their eventual destination. It was no problem whatsoever to order them over the phone, including choosing any combination whatsoever of their millions of flavors. They were even hand delivering them (because I had smartly called the one that was so close.)
BUT uh-oh, a huge problem arose. After all my planning and calling and choosing and being completely delighted with myself, I found that the birthday person wasn't going to be in her office THAT day - the very next day as it happened!!!
I ran to call Mrs. Beasley, but she had gone home for the day and didn't have an answering machine. I called her at the crack of dawn the next day. No answer. I called her every 15 minutes and finally at 7:40 am (her time) I got the same lovely lady with whom I had placed the order.
I asked if we could postpone the order by one day. She said absolutely no problem, she hadn't even baked them yet (so there were really going to be fresh, fresh, fresh) and she would just deliver them the next day.
It went off without a hitch. And FOUR dozen (did I mention my "friend" was my beautiful 20-something daughter?) cupcakes arrived promptly that next day in these flavors:
Classic Vanilla Buttercream
Rich Peanut Butter Cup
Lavish Lemon (with, you could just die, LEMON CURD in the middle. YUM!)
Chocolate with Vanilla Icing
Not only did they look good, she and her friends proclaimed them delicious, although I'm not sure if I approve of their accompanying beverage.