What Happens To Year-Old Cake Mix?

Decorating By imartsy Updated 12 Jul 2009 , 11:07pm by BlakesCakes

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imartsy Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 8:18pm
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Can you still use it to make cake balls? It doesn't seem like it would go "bad" - like it would hurt you - but I wouldn't want to risk trying to make a regular cake out of it b/c I think it might come out a little "deflated" or not rise as high as normal.

Has anyone attempted using year-old cake mix? I'd like to still be able to use it if I could, and cake balls seemed like a perfect idea.

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Gingoodies Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 10:13pm
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The absolute worst thing is that you would waste some oil and eggs. If you really want to try it.. go ahead.

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varika Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 10:19pm
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Checking the expiration date on the cake mix I have indicates that it's supposed to still be good until November of next year, so I suspect that the cake mix you have should work just fine to make a normal cake.

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missymayflower Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 10:31pm
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I've used an old cake mix before, and it was okay. It didn't quite rise as high as it should have, but the difference was less than a quarter inch.

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CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 10:47pm
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Unless the internal packaging has been opened/ripped and air got in, I would go ahead. Like Gingoodies said, the worst thing you'll lose is a few eggs, water and oil (and heating the oven, but that's only pennies for one cake).

Before you go all out and completely decorate it, taste a bit of the levelling slice.

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BlakesCakes Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 11:07pm
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Expired mixes don't rise as much because the leavening agents are no longer active.
I accidentally used one for a character pan a few years ago and it came out like a thick cookie. It also had a stale taste, like pretzels out of a bag that's been left open.

I find that if you mix a fresh one with an old one, you can't tell the difference.

In the same vein, I always throw away baking soda or baking powder that has been opened for more than a year (I mark the can with the date that I open it). They just don't do their job well after that point.


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