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Old 06-20-2011, 11:50 AM
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"Do No Eat Raw Cake Batter"

That's what the box says, very clearly, in large type, each word capitalized, directly below the ingredients.

But why not? What will happen if I do? Should I try it, just to find out?
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:52 AM
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You could get salmonella from the raw eggs in the batter.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:54 AM
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You turn into a cyborg. Or you could just get salmonella, either way. Not that fear of salmonella or cyborgism ever stopped me from licking the spatula after making brownies, but still...
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:55 AM
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If you eat raw cake batter, a cake will grow in your stomach.




No, no, wait, that was watermelon seeds leading to watermelons. Never mind.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:56 AM
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You're only likely to get salmonella from cake batter if 1) you get eggshell in it, and 2) you leave it out long enough for the bacteria to multiply.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:58 AM
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"Do not eat raw cake batter"

if you want your life to not be worth living any longer.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:58 AM
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I think it's because there is raw egg in the batter. Chances are probably nothing will happen, like eating cookie batter, but if you end up with salmonella the mfg's ass's covered.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:02 PM
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There are raw eggs in cookie batter, too.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:04 PM
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You could get salmonella from the raw eggs in the batter.
Don't muscle builders eat raw eggs? Are they immune from salmonella or something?
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:08 PM
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As usual the Family Circus has already covered this topic
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:26 PM
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Don't muscle builders eat raw eggs? Are they immune from salmonella or something?
Kindof time consuming to stamp each eggshell with "raw eggs cause salmonella" I'd imagine.

Also, muscle builders do and take a great many things that regular people probably shouldn't emulate.

However, as a life-long cake, brownie, and cookie-batter eater, I can say that I've never gotten salmonella from them so far!

(Also, if you're really nervous about that sort of thing, they make specially-formulated cookie batters that are designed to be eaten raw - they have substitute egg in them.)
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:32 PM
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I've done it at least 100 times and I've lived to tell the tale.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:43 PM
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You turn into a cyborg. Or you could just get salmonella, either way. Not that fear of salmonella or cyborgism ever stopped me from licking the spatula after making brownies, but still...
The good part is once you're Assimilated you can lick the bowl twice as fast as before.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:00 PM
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Licking the spatula and mixer beaters is the best part of baking a cake.

I wouldn't recommend eating spoonfuls of batter.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:09 PM
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I've started using those Egg-beater things (the ones that are pasteurized real eggs) in my cookies and cakes. Cookie dough and cake batter are far too yummy not to eat, but I'd rather do it without risking getting sick. Problem solved!
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:02 PM
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You eat the cake batter, you won't have enough left to make the cake. And then you won't have anything to frost. Happy birthday, loser.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:09 PM
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Who puts frosting on cake? Don't you just eat that right out of the can?
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:18 PM
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I seem to recall my father telling me that raw flour wasn't good for you, but he never said why and that never stopped me from licking the beaters or the bowl.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:24 PM
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It's amazing that cake mix and cookie dough manufacturers feel the need to have this warning label on their products, but egg suppliers don't put it on their cartons.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:25 PM
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I do it all the time, and have for over 50 years. Cookie dough, too. One day maybe I will get salmonella, but so far so good.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:27 PM
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You're only likely to get salmonella from cake batter if 1) you get eggshell in it, and 2) you leave it out long enough for the bacteria to multiply.
Salmonella has been known to penetrate the shell and grow inside the egg from time to time. Also, if you break your egg unsanitarily (i.e. normall), you could, in theory, be jamming GERRRRRMS into the egg proper with your big ungainly thumbs.

Not that I ever let that stop me from enjoying my cake batter.

Elsewise, I defer to m'colleague here.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:28 PM
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What is an example of instructions I don't follow.

I'll pick "Where We're You in '62" for $1,200, Alex...

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Old 06-20-2011, 02:34 PM
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(Also, if you're really nervous about that sort of thing, they make specially-formulated cookie batters that are designed to be eaten raw - they have substitute egg in them.)
I have a co-worker that would buy those tubes of cookie dough from the grocery store to eat at work. Then, if she'd forget to put them in the cooler, no big deal, she'd just finish eating it the next day.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:36 PM
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It's amazing that cake mix and cookie dough manufacturers feel the need to have this warning label on their products, but egg suppliers don't put it on their cartons.
Cake mix and cookie batter are considerably more tempting than raw egg on it's own.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:00 PM
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According to my mother, you'll get trichinosis. I have tried to set her straight, but it didn't take.

I suspect she may have heard that you can get salmonella, then forgotten what exactly the bad thing you might get was. And now she doesn't want to admit that I, her child, know more than she does about something cooking-related. She still remembers the time when I was 14 and forgot to put eggs in with the brownie mix, then tried to put the eggs into the hot pan and ended up with scrambled eggs mixed with gooey brownie dough. I think I killed off any chance I ever had at having any credibility with her on food and cooking when I did that.

Now that I think about it, I should have just eaten the gooey, eggless brownie mix. Might have been good, and safer than brownie mix with eggs.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:26 PM
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...And now she doesn't want to admit that I, her child, know more than she does about something cooking-related...
So you told her about the radiation poisoning from under-cooked pork? Good.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:26 PM
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So y'all are telling me that I'm supposed to bake the cake? Where's the fun in that?
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:55 PM
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The actual reason it's stamped on there is so once you've mixed the cake, you call me and then I come over and dispose of the cake batter on the beaters and the bowl and the spoon. With my mouth. It's very dangerous work but I'm prepared to take a bullet for the world.

I am not afraid. I am here to protect the world.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:57 PM
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I vividly recall my mom baking cakes when I was a kid, and her scraaaaaping the bowl so that there was hardly a speck of cake batter left for us. My bowls now are significantly more battery after the cakes are in the oven.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:55 PM
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Salmonella has been known to penetrate the shell and grow inside the egg from time to time. Also, if you break your egg unsanitarily (i.e. normall), you could, in theory, be jamming GERRRRRMS into the egg proper with your big ungainly thumbs.

Not that I ever let that stop me from enjoying my cake batter.

Elsewise, I defer to m'colleague here.
True, but in the cases of germs getting inside the shells, it's usually only a few organisms (I've read 2-5 cells), and they can only multiply to dangerous levels in warm conditions. So, use cold eggs, and don't let yer batter sit around and warm up before you lick the beaters.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:01 PM
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Cake mix and cookie batter are considerably more tempting than raw egg on it's own.
And yet they put "do not eat" on packets of silica gel beads.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:14 PM
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Isn't silica gel the sparkly stuff you sprinkle on the frosting?

My mom always said, "Don't eat the raw cookie dough. You'll get a stomach ache." And I always ate it, and got a stomach ache. But I think that was from all the raw oatmeal she used to make the dough go farther. And the stomach ache was always worth it!

About flour, I vaguely remember an episode of Miami Vice where a psycho guy was eating raw flour from a bag, and a lady said, "It'll make you sick!" and he replied, "I AM sick." Became a catchphrase in my family.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:24 PM
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As usual the Family Circus has already covered this topic
Is it time to retire that joke?

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Old 06-20-2011, 06:40 PM
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I vividly recall my mom baking cakes when I was a kid, and her scraaaaaping the bowl so that there was hardly a speck of cake batter left for us. My bowls now are significantly more battery after the cakes are in the oven.
Same, except with beaters from the electric mixer (which I suppose applies more to cookies than cake, since I rarely use an electric mixer for cake). I'm actually puzzled as to how she does that--I try to get as much of the dough as I can off of my own beaters, but I always seem to end up with gobs of the stuff on them. Not that I'm complaining (it certainly makes the licking part more enjoyable) but how, mom? How did you do that?
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:07 PM
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I've started using those Egg-beater things (the ones that are pasteurized real eggs) in my cookies and cakes. Cookie dough and cake batter are far too yummy not to eat, but I'd rather do it without risking getting sick. Problem solved!
I thought Egg Beaters were basically egg whites with coloring to look like actual beaten eggs, since they are advertised as being lower in fat and calories, which would mean there's no actual egg yolk in them?
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:12 PM
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I thought Egg Beaters were basically egg whites with coloring to look like actual beaten eggs, since they are advertised as being lower in fat and calories, which would mean there's no actual egg yolk in them?
Yeah, I just discovered that when I looked them up. However, I can vouch for the fact that they make no difference whatsoever in the taste of Toll House cookies. I can't remember if I've made any cakes since I started using them, now that I think of it (I don't do cakes very often) but the cookies are indistinguishable from those made with "real" eggs, IMO. And since I can be a bit of a hypochondriac about food poisoning, the peace of mind is worth it for me since I ain't giving up my cookie dough!
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:19 PM
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But why not? What will happen if I do? Should I try it, just to find out?
If you do, you should post an "I cake batter!" thread.

But the mods will probably close it.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:30 PM
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Don't muscle builders eat raw eggs? Are they immune from salmonella or something?
IANAMB, but I put a raw egg into a smoothie when I make one. Delicious goodness. The eggs come from our herd of four hens.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:13 PM
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... forgot to put eggs in with the brownie mix, then tried to put the eggs into the hot pan and ended up with scrambled eggs mixed with gooey brownie dough...
I've done that -- the forgetting part. I baked the whole thing before I remembered. Turns out you don't really need eggs. You just get really dense brownie. Still tasted quite good.

I've forgotten the eggs in pumpkin pie too. That was a little less successful but edible. Fortunately few people complained when dad says he's gonna make another pie. There's nothing wrong with bonus pie.

Oh, and I lick the spoon/beater every time, whether I added the eggs or forgot them.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:32 PM
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As usual the Family Circus has already covered this topic
Hmmm... looks like Billy is licking the beaters for the chocolate icing. The cake has already been baked as you can see Thel carrying it from the oven in the background.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:41 PM
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Too much cake batter (say, an entire bowl) will expand in your stomach and come up your throat causing you to puke. Learned through experience (not mine, a friend's).
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:42 PM
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Who puts frosting on cake? Don't you just eat that right out of the can?

Who eats canned frosting? Ew.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:49 PM
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You eat the cake batter, you won't have enough left to make the cake. And then you won't have anything to frost. Happy birthday, loser.
Agreed...

Cake batter is AWESOME
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:57 PM
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I've done it at least 100 times and I've lived to tell the tale.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:02 PM
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Translated from Weasel to English, the warning reads: "Go ahead and eat the raw cake batter, but don't sue us."

The most fascinating thing about this thread is the "As usual The Family Circus ..." thing. Why "as usual"? Is this a running joke that I've missed?
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:23 PM
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If you eat raw cake batter, a cake will grow in your stomach.
It happens all the time since I burn with the rage of a million suns. No problem for me.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:58 PM
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Cake mix and cookie batter are considerably more tempting than raw egg on it's own.
I'd take a nice raw egg over raw cake mix any day, but maybe that's just me...
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:10 PM
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Translated from Weasel to English, the warning reads: "Go ahead and eat the raw cake batter, but don't sue us."

The most fascinating thing about this thread is the "As usual The Family Circus ..." thing. Why "as usual"? Is this a running joke that I've missed?
If a single poster posting those comics all the time counts as a running joke.

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Old 06-21-2011, 09:21 PM
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Is it time to retire that joke?
Nobody forcing to read. Don't like move on. Bear shits in woods, pope, etc.

I wonder what would happen if you ate the cake batter box and all?
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:40 PM
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Who eats canned frosting? Ew.
Yum. And if I knew the world was ending tomorrow, I'd eat the WHOLE CAN.
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