I found a box of Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme cake mix in my pantry. The box says "Best by March 30, 2011", which was 11 months ago. I did an online search - Some people say it is safe to use if you add perhaps 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Some people say use it to make cake mix cookies, since the rising factor isn't as important. Some people say throw it out.
Thank you for any advice or past experience you can share as to whether I should use it or throw it out.
There's really nothing in it to spoil. Except if you get those nasty little bugs in it. I used to get them in any powdery type stuff when I lived in Florida.
The baking powder might not be active, but go ahead & fix a cake with it. If it tastes off or doesn't rise to your expectations then toss the finished product. But if the can or envelope of pineapple is bulged or puffed up...then toss it.
I would use it - especially with the tip about baking powder. That's the only problem I've ever had with an old cake is that it didn't rise.
I would look at the problem this way...........if I toss it, I am out the cost of the mix. If I bake it, I am gambling that it may be a failure. If I don't go ahead and bake it, I will never know. I hate not knowing.
What is the tip about baking powder, Sue?
I baked a chocolate cake mix that was almost expired. It didn't raise the way it should have. I wondered at the time if I added a little baking powder , would it hurt? But I didn't. I just figured it would be no great loss to toss it. It tasted OK.
motherofdogs I did an online search - Some people say it is safe to use if you add perhaps 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
BKBK ~ Motherofdogs mentioned it in the original post.
I think I would throw it away since the best by date is almost a year. Maybe if it had been a couple of months I would use it.
When I was growing up our next door neighbor used to make the highest cakes from a mix so I asked her once how she did it. She always added a teas. of baking powder so it isn't going to harm the finished product. I'd bake it adding the baking powder and see if it is o.k. Nothing lost but a few eggs.
Thanks to everyone for your helpful good advice on this one! I made cake mix cookies using this mix, but I added one teaspoon of baking powder. They turned out just fine - DH came back from his workout at the Y and ate at least a handful. (I didn't tell him the mix had expired. Sometimes it is better not to know.)
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I wanted to thank everyone who posted because of you all I decided to use a 6 month old box of mix.
Early today I looked in my pantry and found an old box of mix. I made mini cupcakes with a box of Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix from April 2015. Today is October 23rd 2015 (fathers' birthday). If I had baking powder I would have used some to make the cupcakes rise up. I didn't so I used my 3 speed mixer on max for 3-4 minutes rather than the two minutes it said on the box. I figured putting a little more air in it would make them less dense and maybe look less deflated. The cupcakes rose a little but not much. I made Philadelphia cream cheese frosting with an old unused box of powdered sugar. I looked it up online and found out that boxes of unopened powdered sugar has a VERY long shelf life. The cupcakes and the frosting turned out great! My parents and I couldn't stop eating them! I am putting Baking powder on the shopping list in case I ever find another box like the red velvet.
It may seem odd that I made cupcakes from an old box on my Fathers birthday but I didn't know it was an old box. It was either that box or nothing. Meanwhile my parents are still eating them. I am sure my friends will enjoy them tomorrow night.
I found a few sites that said that flour lasts over a year and that baking powder lasts 6-8 months. When I made Red velvet cupcakes yesterday with a box mix that was six months past the date it smelled and tasted fine. I went though a lot of web sites. Many said that if the box is unopened and in a cool dry place it can last for up to a year or more. One site mentined that she vacume sealed her mixes in the box and they lasted 2-3 years. She also mentioned that zip locking unopened box mixes can add to their shelf life. A few sites said to add a 1/2 tsp of baking powder. Others said to add 1/2 tsp of each baking powder and baking soda.
These two sites say that a box mix can be good up to 12-18 months. Other sites I have looked at said mixes can still be good as long as 6-8 months.
Many of the sites said that you need to look at the bag of mix and inspect it for bugs. Smell it and taste it to see if its' good if there aren't bugs. They say to use your judgement.
Hope this helps.
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