Is it safe to eat cake that's been frozen for 11 years?

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Janet Darling-Roden asked the Naked Scientists:
   
My friend and I found a cake in the freezer today.  The label on the cover of it had a date of August 08, 2000.  It smells and looks fine, if a bit dry.  Is it safe to eat something with preservatives that kept it from molding for this long?  Not that I want to, but I'm curious!

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 27/09/2011 20:30:03 by _system »

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Is it safe to eat cake that's been frozen for 11 years?
« Reply #1 on: 28/09/2011 09:19:07 »
I'd eat it. 

But, then again, I might eat some things that others wouldn't eat. 

If it has been continuously frozen, then there would be little chance of decay.  Even chemical reactions would be inhibited at freezer temperatures.  Modern Frost-free freezers, however, will tend to dry out many substances though.

If in doubt, taste a little, then wait a few days before eating the rest.

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« Reply #2 on: 28/09/2011 09:55:44 »
I have eaten rich fruit cake that was almost that old that hadnt been frozen (top tier of a wedding cake eaten upon third child's christening about 7 years later)!  As long as it has proper royal icing and is regularly laced with brandy then it keeps marvellously - the icing becomes incredibly hard and discoloured, but chip it off and re-ice and it is ready to eat
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Is it safe to eat cake that's been frozen for 11 years?
« Reply #3 on: 04/10/2011 12:34:57 »
So long as it hasn't been defrosted a few times, when defrosting the freezer, I see no reason not to scoff it.

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« Reply #4 on: 04/10/2011 18:25:14 »
As a firm believer in empirical study I have today frozen a cakey......on 4th October 2022..I will eat cakey and report here....Please stand by for answer !
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« Reply #5 on: 04/10/2011 18:29:05 »
I have made calender event in Google Calendar with link to this page for 4th Oct 2022.
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« Reply #6 on: 04/10/2011 19:04:47 »
Lol...cant wait... We ate our wedding top teir of our cake on our 25th anniversary... The cake was fine..good really, but I can't say the same about the 25 year marriage.....

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« Reply #7 on: 20/10/2011 10:53:41 »
I have made calender event in Google Calendar with link to this page for 4th Oct 2022.
where is your link neily?

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« Reply #8 on: 20/10/2011 11:20:08 »
I have made calender event in Google Calendar with link to this page for 4th Oct 2022.
where is your link neily?

The link is in my own Calendar Kareny Mam..... [:)]
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« Reply #9 on: 20/10/2011 23:45:46 »
Lol...i knew I was reading that incorrectly...!!! Thanks for pointing that out....x

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« Reply #10 on: 21/10/2011 10:32:27 »
it may be little dangerours  [;)]

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« Reply #11 on: 24/10/2011 17:41:32 »
The Chinese have a delicacy known as the 1000 year old egg or Pidan. They are preserved duck eggs and in reality are rarely more than 100 days old.

They are coated in a mixture of red earth, lime, salt, and ash blended together with tea and stored in airtight containers in rice husks.
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« Reply #12 on: 26/10/2011 13:38:05 »
Sounds nasty...ewwwweeeee...lol...

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