04 May 2015
Cupcakes are basically enjoying a popularity surge nowadays because of TV shows and new stores that are specializing in making cupcakes only. They like other kinds of baked goods remain best the day they're baked but may last longer.
Nevertheless, with this arises the question, how long do cupcakes actually last? If stored in a proper way, the shelf life of the cupcakes can past their best by date. Cupcakes like other baked products have a best by date and not use by date. Due to this distinction, what you can do is you can use them safely to gratify your sweet tooth even after best before date or best by date.
However, there are a few people who ask this question: Do cupcakes really go bad? These people who generally ask this question mostly look at cakes, which look perfectly fine even after years and it is after seeing them they wonder if they can really eat them. Actually, most of the packaged cupcakes use a lot of preservatives, trans fats, skip dairy products & add individual packaging, which help in extending their shelf life. All these are done just to make them look fine for years. They are not meant to be eaten.
But how would you know if the cupcake has really spoiled, have gone bad or rotten? Although not the best test, your senses are basically the most effective and reliable instrument to tell if your cake has gone bad. Some of the common traits of a bad cupcake are a dry and hard texture or a wet texture, which sometimes come with mold. The fruit fillings can also get slimy or moldy indicating that the cake has been spoiled. Never eat rotten or spoiled cakes. There are a few health risks that are associated with rotten food. So, always enjoy the food before its shelf life lapses.
How to store cupcakes for extending their shelf life?
After preparing and delivering the cupcakes to my customers, I always ask them to store them wrapped with a plastic wrap or a container that can be closed tightly for keeping out air and other kinds of contaminants. The cake frostings, which contain whipped cream are to be refrigerated & frosting containing cream cheese are to be refrigerated when keeping for more than 2 days. However, there still arises a problem with refrigerated cupcakes. The cake part usually dries out in fridge.
For long-term storage option, I ask my clients to freeze their cupcakes using a freezer safe container that is air-tight. That's going to preserve their taste as well.
I make cupcakes for all occasions. Get in touch with me for ordering cupcakes in Brisbane.