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How to Moisten a Cake After Baking

author image Deborah Walden
Based in Nashville, Deborah Walden has been writing professionally since 1997, starting as a sports writer for her college newspaper. Her articles have appeared in "Nashville Arts Magazine" and "The Nashville Scene," among other publications. Walden holds a Master of Arts in art history from Vanderbilt University.
How to Moisten a Cake After Baking
How to Moisten a Cake After Baking

A dry cake is one of the recurring nightmares of every baker. Although cooks invest long hours into making desserts, there is no way to know if a cake is too dry before the baking process is complete. However, don't assume a dry cake is a lost cause. The addition of warm simple syrup adds moisture and flavor to less-than-perfect baked goods. Because simple syrup adds calories to your cake, start by using a small amount, adding more as needed to achieve a spongy, sweet reward for your efforts.

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Step 1

Mix equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan. Start with 1/4 cup each of water and sugar. Increase to 1/2 cup of each if the cake is large or has layers.

Step 2

Heat the sugar and water mixture over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat when the sugar completely dissolves. Allow to cool slightly.

Step 3

Use a bamboo skewer to poke holes in the top of the cake. Spoon the simple syrup over the top of the cake.

Step 4

Spread the simple syrup over the top of the cake with a pastry brush. Distribute the simple syrup into the holes and around the sides of the cake.

Step 5

Cover the cake. Allow the cake to absorb the simple syrup for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

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