*The shelf life of real fruitcake (dense with dried fruits, nuts and alcohol and stored in a tightly sealed tin) is a debated topic. It seems no one actually knows how long a fruitcake lasts because people tend to re-gift them and never actually eat them!
How to tell if Cake is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food born illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cake has gone bad. Some common traits are a hard and dry texture as the moisture evaporates. Sometimes mold can appear, so always be on the lookout for that. Fruit fillings may also become moldy or slimy which indicate that the cake has gone bad.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy you food before their shelf life has expired!
How to store Cake to extend its shelf life?
Cake should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants. If can be stored in the refrigerator or left on the counter, depending on the filling or icing. For a long-term option, you can freeze your cake while preserving its taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. It is best to freeze the cake before frosting it, especially if the frosting includes any cream. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
How long is Cake good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does cake last? That depends. How long does ice cream last? In general, foods lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Cake lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Cake.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Cake shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care prefessional. Please eat responsibly!