A Brisbane mum has been left horrified to find a piece of cake from Coles was still free from mould two months later.

Brittnee Rose raised concerns over the apparent level of preservatives added to the supermarket dessert, which she said was purchased to celebrate Mother’s Day with her family back in May.

She shared a picture of the Cake to the Coles Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

“I decided to clean my partner’s office and just found this Coles drip cake from Mothers Day!” she wrote.

“Gross I know! You’d think it would be mouldy… We didn’t like the taste and thought it tasted to much like preserver and now we know why”

Ms Rose said she bought the cake from the Coles in Upper Mt Gravatt on May 11 and placed it in the fridge until Mother’s Day, the following day.

mothers day cake

The Brisbane mum said nobody in her family of four children under the age of six, plus three adults, liked the taste of the cake.

“It tasted too much like preservatives,” she told Yahoo News Australia.

Her partner took his piece to his office to eat, but never ended up having it. Instead he left it to sit on his desk.

Her partner initially forgot about the cake until weeks later when he found it.

“He said it got to a point where he wondered if it would go mouldy so he just left it there,” she said.

The woman said she was cleaning out the room this week and “was utterly surprised” to find the cake was still mould-free, two months on.

coles cake

A Coles representative responded to the woman’s Facebook post, “We’re sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy our Drip Cake. We’ll be sure to pass your feedback along to our Quality Team,” the Coles representative wrote.

But Ms Rose said she was surprised by the supermarket giant’s apology for the taste, rather than addressing her concern about it appearing to be so highly preserved.

“I was more shocked at their response regarding taste over and lack of concern for a cake that should be green with mould after essentially two months in a room,” she told Yahoo News Australia.

coles cake 2

Coles response

In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, Coles denied it packed its cakes with preservatives, claiming the drip cake contained only “a small amount of preservatives” in line with the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code.

“Mould requires air and moisture to grow and food left uncovered in an air-conditioned environment would dry out very quickly on the surface, creating a dry crust, which may prevent the occurrence of visible mould,” the supermarket stated.

”Our Coles Drip Cake, like all Coles Brand products, contains no artificial colours or flavours.”

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  • Ah well…next year may I suggest backing your own.


  • I would have thought the cake would have just dried out being left like that. If it was a cake with apples in it and quite a moist cake with plastic over it mould probably would have appeared. Some people have too much time on their hands worrying about this stuff.


  • It certainly is a bit of a worry.


  • It may have a lot of Vanilla Essence in it. Unless the ingredients have been changed it contains alcohol. I know for a fact that one company was told they weren’t putting enough in it. The salesperson from the manufacturer was very annoyed by that reprimand from a Govt. Dept. Possibly it acts as a preservative.


  • That is amazing… I can’t believe it still looked okay. Would not consider taste-testing it though!!!

    • Absolutely not! Care needs to be taken with food!


  • Spoilage to cakes is not always seen by the naked eye.


  • Maybe you should have made your own cake. Also the cake may have actually dried out and that’s why it never went mouldy. Surprised there were no ants though.


  • Yikes! Reminds me of when people would post pictures of Macca’s food items that looked the same months after being cooked. Products can gather mould in the fridge, surprised it didn’t get mould being un-refrigerated which you’d expect would happen quicker than in the fridge.


  • Make you own cake and you’ll know what’s in it.


  • I’m not a clean freak or anything, but I find it gross to leave food outside for 2 months. I’m surprised that no ants or cockroaches are onto on the cake (or they could be at night, but gone by daytime).


  • If you don’t want preservatives then don’t buy a cake from a store… make it yourself or go to a bakery you know make them the way you want.
    Most things from supermarkets have preservatives, I just assumed most people knew that.


  • Would not buy this poison, make your own, much safer and taste’s better, otherwise skip the cake if you don’t have time to make one, not healthy anyway.


  • ummmm that doesn’t look right!


  • Disgusting! Coles have a lot to answer for with the freshness of their products! They don’t even have the cook time displayed on their BBQ chickens anymore!


  • I think its more gross that they had cake still from 2 months ago


  • Yes that is very concerning. I don’t buy cakes from the store, I don’t want to have the crappy things they put in there in my or my childrens body.


  • Wow! Mould or not, you’d expect some disintegration … that cake looks like it was bought just yesterday … that’s scary ….


  • It reminds me of a well known doughnut that somehow remains without mould for days on end. Preservatives are everywhere around us!


  • Very interesting!


  • These cakes are usually so sickly sweet and full of preservatives – ewww.


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