Shelf Life of

How Long Does Frosting Last?

How Long Does Frosting Last?

Shelf Life of Frosting

How long does frosting last? The shelf life of frosting, or icing, depends on the best before date and how the frosting or icing is stored. Frosting (icing) can be thick or thin, cooked (like boiled icing) or uncooked (like butter cream frosting), but it’s always sweet. That’s because, no matter what other ingredients or flavorings are used, it starts with sugar as the base. So, how long does frosting last? How long does icing last? When properly stored, the shelf life of frosting (icing) past its sell by date is …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Canned Frosting/Icing  lasts for 3-4 Months
Dry Frosting Mix lasts for 5-6 Months
(Opened) Pantry
Canned Frosting/Icing lasts for 2-3 Weeks
Read to Decorate Icing – Pressure Tube lasts for Indefinite -the icing will harden and work
Ready to Decorate Icing – Gel lasts for Indefinite – the icing will liquify and not work
Homemade Frosting/Icing lasts for 1-2 Weeks

But remember, frosting and icing, like a lot of other baking products, usually has a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use frosting or icing for your baking needs after the best before date has lapsed, but please enjoy your all your food by the eat by date.

How to tell if frosting or icing is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. When frosting (icing) turns bad there is a very slight change in the color (darker), texture (thicker) and aroma (not pleasant anymore) of the product – but a taste will tell you for sure (bad)!
Wilton, who make the cans of “Ready to Decorate Icing” tells me that their cans never actually expire, but for best quality should be used within 24 months of the code printed on the bottom of the can. It’s decoded as follows. Let’s use the code G082120 – the G tells us that the can was made in July (ie. A=Jan, B=Feb,etc), the 08 tells us the year was 2008, the next 3 digits (212) tell us the date on the Julian calendar. So, the can with code G082120 was produced on July 31st, 2008 and retains full flavor until July 31st, 2010 but can be used beyond that with diminished quality.
To find a proper substitute for frosting visit our page in the substitution section.

How to store frosting (icing) to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store a frosting or icing is in its original unopened container in the pantry. Once opened, frosting and icing should always be stored in the refrigerator, with the exception of the squeezable decorating tubes and press decorating cans of decorative icing which are best in the pantry or they become too hard to flow.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

How long is frosting (icing) good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does frosting last? That depends. How long does cake mix last? In general, the dish lasts as long as its quickest expiring ingredient. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long does frosting 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 frosting.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the shelf life of frosting 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. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!