Shelf Life of
Cupcakes

How Long Do Cupcakes Last?

Shelf life of cupcakesHow long do cupcakes last? The shelf life of cupcakes depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, the preparation method and how the cupcakes were stored. Cupcakes are enjoying a popularity surge lately due to TV shows like Cupcake Wars and multiple new stores specializing in just cupcakes. Cupcakes, like most baked goods, are truly best the day they are baked but can last longer. So, how long do cupcakes last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cupcakes past their best by date is approximately …

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Past Date  Past Date  Past Date
Bakery Cupcakes last for 1-2 Days 2-4 Days 2-4 Months
Cupcakes with fresh fruit last for 1 Day 1-2 Days 2-4 Months
Cupcakes with whipped cream last for 1-2 Days
Cupcakes with cream cheese last for 1-2 Days 2-3 Days 2-4 Months
Hostess Cupcakes last for 1-2 Weeks 1-2 Months
Homemade Cupcakes last for 1-2 Days 2-4 Days 2-4 Months




But remember, cupcakes, like a lot of other baked goods, usually have a best by date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them to satisfy your sweet tooth even after the best-by date or best before date has lapsed.

But some people ask the question do cupcakes go bad? Most of them are looking at a Hostess Cup-cake or Twinkie that looks perfectly fine and are wondering if they can eat it. Many packaged cupcakes use trans fats, multiple preservatives, skip the dairy products and add individual packaging that help extend their shelf life in order to appear fine for years. Check out this picture of a 25 year old Hostess Cupcake, but please don’t ever eat anything that looks like that!

How to tell if cupcakes are 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 cupcakes have gone bad. Some common traits of bad cupcakes are a hard and dry texture or a wet texture sometimes accompanied by mold. 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 cupcakes, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cupcakes prior to the eat by date.

How to store cupcakes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of foods.
Once prepared, cupcakes should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants. Cake frostings that contain whipped cream must be refrigerated and frosting containing cream cheese should be refrigerated if keeping for more than a day or two. The problem with refrigerating cupcakes though is that the cake part dries out in the fridge.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your cupcakes while preserving their taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. It is best to freeze them before frosting them, 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.

For 24 creative ways to use your cupcake tin see our fun muffin pan recipes.

How long are cupcakes good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do cupcakes last? That depends. How long does ice cream last? In general, cupcakes 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!

Search the Shelf Life Guide!

!

What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long do cupcakes 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 cupcakes.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the cupcake 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 replace your health care provider. So, please eat responsibly!