Does Cake Mix Go Bad? Does it Expire?
Question: does cake mix go bad after expiration date? Read on to find out.
Do you have a half-opened box of cake mix that you noticed has stayed past its best-by date and are trying to figure out whether it’s still in great condition for use? Or you’re wondering if cake mix goes bad. Or you got yourself a pack with the intention of trying to bake that red velvet cake recipe you got from the internet, but didn’t quite get to it. You then discover the cake mix in storage a year later, and you aren’t certain whether or not it’s still safe for consumption.
That is why you need this guide about cake mixes. Here, we cover everything from shelf life, storage and the going bad of cake mix. Read on for more information about cake mixes.
How Cake Mix Can Be Stored
Cake mix, also known as cake base, doesn’t need a lot when it comes to storage. The same applies to pancake mix. All you need to do is to store it in a cool, dry area (DH). What we mean when we say cool is that normal temperature will work just fine, as long as the product doesn’t come into contact with any heat sources. To sum up, it can be stored in either the kitchen or pantry.
Once the package is opened, the leftovers should be sealed properly before storage. Ensuring the cake mix is dry will protect it from moisture, which in turn will stop mold from growing on it, and as a result, it remains perfect for use for a long time.
How Long Can Cake Mix Be Stored?
Every type of cake mix (or even muffin mix, and so on.) have a sell-by date included in the packaging. It’s normally estimated to last from somewhere between six months (LB) to one year after the date of production. Opening the mix doesn’t mean that the sell-by date will be reduced (DH).
The sell-by date is in no way the actual expiration time, but it’s rather the estimated time at which the product will maintain its original quality. This is how the Duncan Hines brand states it in the company’s FAQ (DH).
“Once this time period has lapsed, we can no longer ensure that the overall experience of the product will be what is needed.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the mix cannot go bad, but the baked cake’s texture and taste might not be very good.
How long after the date can one use the cake mix? During most instances, the mix will be in great condition allowing you to make delicious and fabulous cake for about a few more months past the best-by date, but that will be just about it. Your dry mix normally has baking powder or another type of leavening product, and they tend to gradually lose their potency. So, although an old box of cake mix may be safe for usage, the final product (cake) is likely to be very flat.
Note that the periods provided above are just estimates.
How To Know When Cake Mix Has Gone Bad
Cake mixes don’t get spoiled as easily as dairy products do. It can be stored in the pantry for a couple of months or years and end up not changing at all. Nevertheless, here are some of the things you need to watch out for:
- Mold and any other forms of change in appearance. When moisture gets into the package, mold can easily grow on it. In such a case, get rid of the entire thing. Same applies to when you come across any other unusual changes.
- Sour or off smell. Either of the two is a great indicator that the mix is bad and needs to be discarded.
If your dry cake mix smells and looks perfectly okay, it means that its safe for use. However, if your mix has stayed for long and is pretty old, the worst thing that can occur is the final product might not taste good or can be flat like it ought to be. That is why if you don’t mind risking using an old package of cake mix because the chances of the final product might not be as good, and you won’t mind throwing out the baked cake, you can just use it.