Baking In Chinese Food Takeout Box

Decorating By Lisa93063 Updated 20 Jan 2010 , 8:55am by totallycaked

Lisa93063 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 12:25am
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I've heard you can bake cake directly in chinese takeout boxes. Is this true? Box won't burn/melt? If I can, does anyone know how much batter and for how long they would bake? Thanks

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Ruth0209 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 2:19am
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I've made lots of cupcakes in Chinese takeout boxes. Fill them about halfway and bake them on a cookie sheet for about as long as you'd do a cupcake. You don't need to grease the box or anything. If you spray them with cooking spray, it'll discolor the box when it bakes. I'd start with 18-22 minutes (350 degrees). Test them at 18 and see how they look.

I color buttercream to the color of noodles and pipe it onto the top with a round tip. A fortune cookie on top is a nice touch.

You do have to eat the cupcake with a spoon for fork. Here's the link to mine.

They're always a hit. Good luck!

greengyrl26 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 2:25am
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what a neat idea! do you leave the metal handle on them while baking?

Ruth0209 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 2:47am
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Originally Posted by greengyrl26

what a neat idea! do you leave the metal handle on them while baking?

Yes. It'd be too hard to take it off, plus it holds the sides together.

mcdonald Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 2:53am
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cute cute idea!!!!

do you know if I can bake these and freeze them in the boxes?

JustToEatCake Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 3:03am
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Wow I didn't know that! Hey Michaels has them this week for .25. The xmas ones that were about 2.00 before xmas.

luv2c_cultures Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 3:16am
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What a great idea!

gramofgwen Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 3:22am
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This is such a great idea! I've got a Chinese friend whose birthday is being celebrated on Tuesday at a Chinese restaurant, and I'm going to make them for her party! thanks for the directions. icon_biggrin.gif

totallycaked Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 3:24am
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OMGosh guess what I am making tomorrow... what a great idea... bing bing light bulb in my head... thank you!

Lisa93063 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 3:29am
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Ruth thank you so much. I really appreciate the help.

dandelion56602 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 4:51am
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Oh how awesome. And no cake going to waste from carving, sweet!!!!! How big were your boxes Ruth? I'm in love w/ these!

Ruth0209 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 5:10am
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These are also cute with those Japanese Pocky candy sticks stuck into them like chopsticks.

Dandelion, I bought #8 boxes at Cash & Carry. They're smaller than what you usually get at a Chinese restaurant.

These are so fun. People will think you're a regular GENIUS if you take them to a party. The last time I took them to a BBQ, all the guys picked them up thinking they really were noodles (I didn't put fortune cookies in the last batch). Too funny.

Ruth0209 Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 6:41pm
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I do want to clarify for everyone that you should ONLY use food safe takeout boxes. You should NOT use the colored decorative boxes like you can get at Michael's. Those are not intended for food and I don't even know what would happen to the dyes if you heated them up.

You can get real Chinese takeout boxes at restaurant supply stores, and Cash & Carry has them both with the pagoda on them and blank ones.

totallycaked Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 8:04am
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I have no idea what I did wrong. I went to Smart and Final... got the take out boxes....figured I would make these and send the hubby to work with them for fun... my house started to smell weird like melted plastic. The plastic coating on it was melting... and I ruined a double batch of choc cake and a good pan... ahhh man.... I totally thought it would work... bummer

JanH Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 8:12am
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Here's a previous thread on Chinese take out boxes, none of which were safe for oven baking - although some (polyethylene coated paperboard) could be used in the microwave:

Example of polyethylene coated paperboard Chinese take out containers:

Examples of paperboard Chinese take out containers that are coated (so they're leakproof) but they're NOT microwavable:


JanH Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 8:49am
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Baking in Chinese take out container negative results post:


totallycaked Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 8:55am
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thank you so much for that information. I am just going to cut the piece and put them in the boxes that i didnt ruin and cover it with icing noodles... so in a way I still am doing what I had planned... the same but different. i am confident that I will only make sheet cakes or bigger cupcakes and either cut piece in or a cupcake in then decorate... I am not willing to risk someones health... thanks so much for you help icon_smile.gifbirthday.gif

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