Simple Syrup

Decorating By Jeff_Arnett Updated 16 Sep 2009 , 12:16pm by Loucinda

Jeff_Arnett Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 4:01pm
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Just curious if you use a simple syrup and how you apply it? On Amazing Wedding Cakes this past week, the girl at Chris Garren's was applying it with a squeeze bottle like you use for ketchup or mustard.

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PinkZiab Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 4:15pm
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I use simple syrup on just about every cake (usually flavored with liqueur to complement the cake and filling flavors). I either brush it on, or use a squirt bottle with a VERY small opening (I don't want a soggy cake). Some people also like to use a spray bottle, but I haven't myself.

prterrell Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:49pm
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It depends on what kind of cake I am making. Some cakes need it, others don't. So far I've always just brushed it on with a pastry brush.

KoryAK Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 8:45pm
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I simple syrup all white-based cakes and put it on with the squirt bottle. Soooo much faster than the brush. I used to use the tiny tip, but cutting it larger will give you the same results much faster as long as you can keep control of it.

Clovers Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 8:56pm
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What recipe do you use for your simply syrup?

KoryAK Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 8:58pm
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equal parts my volume sugar and water, flavoring to taste

cylstrial Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 9:07pm
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I just take a spoon and swirl it all over the cake. I do not make cakes without simple syrup!

dutchy1971 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 9:38pm
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How or what do you flavour it with. I've only made it with sugar and water. Can you make it with alcohol and sugar?

PinkLisa Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 9:59pm
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I found that the simple syrup made my cake tooooooo sweet. I like the idea of using it to keep a scratch cake moist, but I skip it.

LaBellaFlor Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 10:03pm
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I do use them for some cakes & I apply with a medicine syringe.

Loucinda Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 1:53am
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What is the technical reasoning for using a simple syrup on a cake? (just curious)

-K8memphis Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 2:01am
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I use a squeeze bottle. I use it for flavor enhancement.

PinkZiab Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 4:16am
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

What is the technical reasoning for using a simple syrup on a cake? (just curious)

The TECHNICAL reason that simple syrups are used (mainly on scratch cakes) to help cakes retain their moisture over the course of the decorating process (cake mixes and commercially produced goods have corn syrup solids and/or other additives to help retain their moisture). This was the only method bakers and pastry chefs had "back in the day" to keep a cake moist before the advent of food additives and other products used in many commercial baked goods today to give them an extended shelf life. Simple syrup will NOT make an overbaked (and consequently dry) cake more palatable... it'll just wind up soggy. Again it's not to GIVE moisture, only to help maintain moisture.

As also mentioned, the simple syrup can be used to deliver another layer of flavor to a cake. I make my simple syrup in large batches (equal amounts by WEIGHT of sugar and water, heated until just dissolved--no need to boil) and flavor smaller portions as needed. I use extracts and liqueurs that will complement the flavor and filling of the cake. For example, a chocolate almond cake might get amaretto, godiva, or a combination. A lemon cake is delicious infused with chambord (raspberry) flavored syrup. The possibilities are endless.

-K8memphis Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 9:53am
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And take a notepad when you go to the liquor store--there's tons and tons and tons of different flavors. I mean, watermelon and tea flavored and it's just amazing. And I like to get the little bitty bottles to test. Someone once recommended Hot Damn--it's a cinnamon flavor and I'm a cinnamonaholic but the HD reminded me of dental work so--test 'em out!!

My default flavor is Grand Marnier--orangey-ish.

Loucinda Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 12:16pm
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Thank you for the explanation.

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