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How to moisten a dry cake

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have place your time, efforts and valuable ingredients into baking a cake, it can be very disappointing to find out that it is overcooked and dry. Sometimes even well-baked cakes begin to get dry after initially being exposed to air. You do not have to toss a dry cake into the garbage. Instead, you can perform your own quick fix that will add moisture and flavour to your dessert and save your cake.

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  1. Cut away the top and sides of the cake if they are excessively dry or burnt.

  2. Place equal parts sugar and water into a sauce pan and simmer while stirring until you have a syrup.

  3. Add flavouring such as vanilla or almond extract to your syrup, if desired.

  4. Poke holes in the top of the cake with a skewer. Make the holes go through the entire thickness of the cake if possible.

  5. Brush the top and sides of the cake with the syrup, allowing excess syrup to drizzle down into the holes. Use as much of the syrup as your desire.

  6. Tip

    You also can use sweet alcoholic cordial drinks as a syrup for brushing and drizzling a dry cake.

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Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Sauce pan
  • Flavoured extracts
  • Skewer
  • Brush

About the Author

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.

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