Cake mix expiration dates - time sensitive
I am having my parents over tomorrow night for dinner. We had a lovely shared family bday luncheon party for Dad and niece Meigan today but I want Dad to have a dinner and cake all his own.
Small problem: I wanted to make a very embellished banana cake mix cake [I have the mix] with fresh 'nanas, walnuts, butter creme icing, and cocoa dusted coconut. Here's the rub: the banana sumpreme cake mix has an expiration date that I can't read although it looks like Dec 06??? Should I chuck it? make my own? hit Shop Rite at dawn? This conundrum cracks me up because my dad eats yogurt that's a year past it's expiration and salad dressing from the 20th century unless my Mom catches him.
When do you really believe an expiration date applies [to pantry items] or is it just another CYA from the packaging company??