How to Freshen Stale Cake

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How to Freshen Stale Cake
Add a punch of flavour to your cakes by using liqueur. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Catching a cake on sale is a satisfying experience, but your half-price treat may end up tasting stale. Stale cake feels crumbly and dry. You don't have to throw away cakes that seem less fresh. With a few techniques you can re-moisten cakes and enjoy them longer. Liven up any type of cake, whether frosted, plain or cream-filled. Softening techniques are good for small or large cakes. Freshen up a party cake or a simple dessert anytime you like.

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Things you need

  • Softened butter
  • Basting brush
  • Baking dish
  • Liqueur
  • Container with a lid
  • Spatula

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    Unfrosted Cakes

  1. 1

    Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a small saucepan. Preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Place the cake in the baking pan. Brush the cake top and sides with melted butter using the basting brush.

  3. 3

    Heat up the cake for 15 minutes and then remove it from the oven and serve.

    Frosted Cakes

  1. 1

    Pour 4 tablespoons of liqueur into a plastic cake container. Place the cake inside the container.

  2. 2

    Place the lid on the container. Refrigerate the cake for one hour before serving.

  3. 3

    Remove cake from container. Take the layers apart carefully by sliding the layers off with a spatula. Soak the unfrosted tops with liqueur, brushing it on with a basting brush.

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