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#1 pottedpetunia

Posted 14 January 2006 - 12:06 PM

Hi All,

I have had a sudden urge for Chocolate Cake whilst cleaning out my kitchen and found a box Cadbury Chocolate Cake Mix in the cupboard that I forgot I had, however the best before date is Jun 05.  My question is can I still use this mix seeing as though it is only best before and not use by?

Thanks in advance!


#2 happyhearts

Posted 14 January 2006 - 07:20 PM

I would check the ingredients list first and maybe ring the Cadbury number to see if it advisable.  I have to admit I chuck anything that is more than a month out of date.

#3 pottedpetunia

Posted 14 January 2006 - 07:24 PM

Thanks Happy Hearts, I normally throw things out once they are out of date by a month or more, but I thought considering that cake mix is a dry ingredient that it might be ok, because the only fresh things going like milk, eggs are fresh now.

Hmmm.....  hubby is happy for me to try it, but I am not so sure.  Might ring the Cadbury line and see what they say!


#4 Albie

Posted 14 January 2006 - 08:25 PM

Hi Beck,

You'd find the baking powder/raising agents would be what deteriorates first. Therefore the cake may not rise as much as it is supposed to.
Open it up, and when you put it in the bowl see if it looks (& smells) OK, then decide?
I'm a bit of a chucker too though, and a few months I'd still use it, but maybe not after quite as many as this case. It's frustrating though, the amount of money we spend on stuff & then turf it!

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#5 goody2shoes

Posted 15 January 2006 - 07:50 AM

I am sure it will be fine.

All products are required by law (I think) to have a "best before" date to cover the manufacturer.  A use by date is more for perishables (refrigerator items).  

Usually these dates are well within the time for the "expiry" of the ingredients.

#6 kekaco

Posted 15 January 2006 - 04:39 PM

Just check that there are no weavels or creepy crawlies. The worst that can happen is the cake flops?

#7 Malli

Posted 16 January 2006 - 12:33 AM

I actually had the same problem yesterday. Found a cake mix that was a good 6 months overdue. And made it and it tasted great!

#8 pottedpetunia

Posted 16 January 2006 - 08:23 AM

Thanks everyone for your input.  I think I'll make the cake today, and if it doesn't work out then that's life, but if it does & tastes great, then that is a bonus!

Have a great day!


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