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How Long Does Cake Last?

How long does cake last?

Cake Shelf Life

Cake – How long does cake last? The shelf life of cake depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the cake was stored. Because of its relatively low cost and high calorie density, cake is one of the most popular celebration desserts in the world. It is a traditional dessert in most cultures for birthdays, and it is so versatile that it can be prepared in many different ways. So, how long does cake last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cake past its sell by date is approximately …

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Past Date  Past Date  Past Date
Bakery Cake lasts for 1-2 Days 2-4 Days 2-4 Months
Cake with fresh fruit lasts for 1-2 Days 2-4 Months
Cake with whipped cream lasts for 1-2 Days
Fruit Cake lasts for 3-25 Years*

*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!
Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cake, like a lot of other baked goods, usually has a sell-by date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely “have your cake and eat it too” even after the sell-by date or best-by date has lapsed.

How to tell if cake is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne 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 cake, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy it prior to the eat by date.

How to store cake to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of cake. You can help it stay fresh longer by keeping it in the refrigerator as much as possible. Once prepared, cake should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants.
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. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Grains, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long does cake last 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 ,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 guidance tool. So, please eat responsibly!