How to Keep Cakes From Getting Sticky

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How to Keep Cakes From Getting Sticky
Cooling time is a necessary component of cake baking. Cakes should be fully cooled before the icing is applied and put into a container. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

There is nothing worse than putting time and effort into baking a cake only for something to go wrong when it comes to the most important stage: eating it. According to Chef Todd Mohor, cakes and cupcakes have a tendancy to become too moist when stored under certain conditions or when they are not cooled long enough. This makes adding the icing difficult and gives the baked item a an over-moist taste. Fortunately, there are some easy steps to take that can help decrease the amount of moisture in baked cakes.

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Things you need

  • Baked Cake
  • Icing Sugar
  • Icing

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    Stop the Stickiness

  1. 1

    Take the cake out of the oven.

  2. 2

    Set the cake on top of the stove or counter and let it fully cool before putting it into a container or wrapping it. When a cake is put into storage too soon, the moisture evaporates and sticks to the top of the container or foil. Then, it condenses back down onto the cake creating a mushy texture.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle some icing sugar on top of the cake for faster cooling. This will help absorb some of the moisture.

  4. 4

    Check for any sticky areas on top of the cake before adding the icing. If there are any, trim them off.

  5. 5

    Add the icing once the cake is fulled cooled and the sticky parts have been removed.

Tips and warnings

  • After baking cupcakes, remove them from the muffin tin while still keeping the paper attached. Place them on a cooling rack to give them more "breathing room." The moisture is not as enclosed as it would be if the cupcake was in a pan.
  • For another perspective, follow the link in the resources section to see a community discussion on cake moisture problems.

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