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How to Freshen Stale Cake

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

As a former senior sales director with Mary Kay and the co-owner of a renovation company, Monica Patrick has firsthand knowledge of small business operations. Besides start ups, she has extensive skills in recruiting, selling, leadership, makeup artistry and skin care.

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