Cake mixes have paved an easier way for everybody to bake their favorite cakes at home. It allows people to conveniently bake cakes without worrying about scaling errors or inconsistent taste. No wonder everybody loves storing these cake mixes in their refrigerators for the future.
But such hoarding can come at a price since cake mixes have a definite shelf life like all other food items and ingredients. While you have an expiration date to help you determine its quality, other factors can help you distinguish between a good and bad cake mix.
We are sure that you have other questions lingering in your mind. Don’t worry; we shall answer all of them in the following article so that a piece of cake does not end up harming your health. Let’s get started right away!
Does cake mix go bad?
Despite containing a lot and a lot of preservatives, cake mix can go bad after a specific duration. This is because of the variety of ingredients found in cake mixes.
All of these ingredients might have a comparatively better shelf-life; it is not really the same when mixed together.
Cake mixes generally do not go bad when you know how to store them right.
This not only helps you make the most out of it but even helps you decide when it’s time to discard it and get a new one to satisfy your cravings.
That’s when this short guide comes in. Whether you are confused about its storage, shelf-life, or ways to figure out if the cake mix is fine, we have got it all listed below.
How long does cake mix last?
The shelf life of cake mix matters the most, as often we tend to forget the one kept on our kitchen shelf. During such situations, the best-by date comes to your rescue.
Most high-quality cake mixes last approximately up to 6 months or a year and sometimes more than that from the date of production.
The good part of having cake mixes is that unlike most edibles opening the packaging does not affect its longevity.
This date does not in any way refer to its expiry date, just an approximate estimate of how long the cake mix lasts, and you can bake it.
You can surely use it later on for a month or so, but the quality in some way can degrade.
So your cake mix won’t suddenly go bad, but the texture or the taste of your cake might in some way change. You can easily bake a cake for at least a couple of months past its date.
How to check if the cake mix has gone bad?
Thanks to longer shelf life, Cake mixes do not spoil like dairy products, giving you time to make the most out of it.
But when it does, your senses will definitely tell you, and there’s no point ignoring those signs.
When a cake mix spoils, one of the ways is to check its smell. Off or sour-smelling cake mix is likely gone bad, and there is no point in baking it. Your cake probably won’t taste good and can even lead to sickness.
Also, if you notice even tiny molds in the mix, it is a clear indication that the cake mix has gone bad. It generally happens due to moisture inside the packaging that turns into tiny molds.
Consuming such a cake can lead to serious health issues, and you definitely should avoid it. The only way to avoid such situations is to know how to store your cake mixes.
Storing it well will increase its longevity, and here’s how you can do it right.
Different methods to store cake mix
Luckily cake mixes won’t take a lot of your time or effort to store rightly.
You can keep your unopened box of cake mix in your kitchen pantry or even in your refrigerator.
But still, there are a few ways to store it to make it last longer.
First thing first, store it in a cool, dry, and dark place. Also, direct sunlight is a complete no-no since we are talking about food.
If you do not plan to use it any sooner than a month or more, we recommend giving it some extra protection. And that calls out for a refrigerator.
Transfer cake mix from a box into an air-tight container or even a plastic freezer bag. This will keep the cake mix away from oxidation, eventually keeping it fresh for longer.
Just remember the expiry date as you discard the packaging.
The most important thing to keep in mind while storing cake mix is to keep it away from ready-to-eat food items. If not, it can lead to contamination.
This does not directly spoil the cake mix but will lead to a change in the smell or texture of the cake mix in the short run.
Warning: Cake mix sometimes contains bacteria that keep it fresh, eventually getting killed while baking. But that’s the case with most ready-to-eat foods. So there are chances cake mix can spoil your favorite ice cream or sauces.
So it’s best to keep cake mixes tightly sealed and away from ready-to-eat foods.
Can you freeze the cake mix?
Cake mixes are formulated in such a way that they do not get spoiled quickly. So there’s no way you need to worry a lot about its storage.
Therefore, there’s no reason to freeze them as well. Experts say that cake mix never really freezes well. Also, those who tried said the cake doesn’t turn out as fluffy as it would when you use a frozen cake mix.
This is due to leavener (baking powder and baking soda) in the cake mix. Once frozen and thawed, it does not rise sufficiently, and the cake ends up falling apart.
Instead, it is advisable to bake the cake and then freeze it if you are not planning to use it any sooner than a month or more. The frozen cake lasts longer than cake mixes in a freezer.
Just let the cake cool down completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container before freezing it.
Just make sure you mark the best-by date mentioned on the packaging and consume the cake before that.
When you want to use the cake, simply re-bake it, or you can also leave it in the refrigerator overnight until you need to add the frosting.
Risk of consuming an expired cake mix
Baking cake using an expired cake mix will likely have adverse side effects. To start with, the texture of the cake that you bake might be slightly off.
This is because, after the best before date, the ingredients of the cake mix will lose their functionality. For example, baking powder or baking soda will lose its elasticity, and the cake will not be fluffy or taste as good as it generally would.
We assure you there is no pleasure in eating flat cake. You can think of adding baking powder to that mix, but the taste might still vary.
Also, some other ingredients added to the cake mix will lead to digestion issues, and we know you surely want to avoid it.
So if you own an expired cake mix, we recommend discarding it rather than consuming it if it’s 3-4 months past its expiry date.
FAQs About Cake Mix
Is consuming raw cake mix safe?
No, consuming raw cake mix can make you sick. Raw cake mix is the same as the dough that can stick to your esophagus, resulting in severe digestion issues.
Cake mixes have a super tempting smell, and you surely want to give it a try but do not give it a try and wait for a cake. So avoid consuming raw cake mix.
Are all cake mixes gluten-free?
Cake mixes aren’t always gluten-free. You need to check the packaging if you are looking for gluten-free cake mixes.
Many manufacturers now have different cake mixes for specific diets like gluten-free, vegan, kosher, etc. So make sure you check the packaging if you are looking for gluten-free cake mixes or other such.
How long does it take for a cake to go bad?
Typically a homemade cake made out of cake mix can last up to 4 to 5 days without any change in color, flavor, or texture.
You can even refrigerate it to make it last 5 to 7 days. To make it last longer than that, we recommend freezing it and then baking it again before using it.
When frozen, the cake can last up to a month or so.
Final Notes on Cake Mixes
So now that you know all about cake mixes, we know you will probably be able to make the most out of it. Whether you are baking it as a hobby or just a professional baker for some extra pounds, cake mixes can always make things easier.
Just store it away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry, and dark place. Also, if you choose to refrigerate it, make sure to keep it away from ready-to-eat edibles.
In case you have had it for longer than a year, check if it smells good or has any molds. If it does, discard it and get a new one. You probably don’t want to make anyone sick.
So yes, cake mixes can go bad but not when you store them right.
We shall be back with more of such food-related blogs. Till then, Happy Baking!!!
Milburn Adler is a food enthusiast and connoisseur of wine. His area of expertise is food fusions and gourmet foods. He lives to experiment with new recipes every day and spends most of his day looking for fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables.