Do You Use A Syrup On Your Cake?

Baking By Wildgirl Updated 25 Oct 2011 , 2:19pm by Wildgirl

Wildgirl Posted 24 Oct 2011 , 3:22am
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Do most of you brush on a flavored or simple syrup before frosting or is this only a "sometimes" thing?

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KSMill Posted 24 Oct 2011 , 3:41am
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I use a spray bottle and put a fine mist on every layer.

scp1127 Posted 24 Oct 2011 , 7:42am
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I only use it if it is part of the recipe and adds another flavor dimension to a cake structured to accept the syrup. I never add it for moisture. Achieving a moist cake should be inherent in the recipe, not an add on. What flavor are you thinking, or just in general? I'll be happy to share.


Wildgirl Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 3:49am
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Just a general question. I don't want to be missing something important if it can "make" a cake. I don't normally see it in recipes, but I do see it referenced here sometimes - so figured it would be good to find out more about this!

scp1127 Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 6:28am
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Aside from a planned part of recipe, it is used as a correction if the cake is dry or overbaked. A better recipe and rebaking a mistake are my opinion.

Cakes do not need simple syrup to be moist. I have cakes so moist they look wet if that is my goal. There are too many recipes out there that will give the desired results without adding outside moisture.

I have two cakes that employ simple syrup. The cake structure itself is designed to accept the syrup, the result being a correct structure. One is my coconut cake. The syrup is infused with coconut to add another flavor dimension. The other cake is a champagne cake, shared first by snarkybaker and then tweaked by some CC members. The cake is set up for a rather large amount of a simple syrup and liqueur concoction.

I have many recipes that brush on liqueurs. But again, the structure plans for the addition.

If anyone has a cake that is too dry and needs simple syrup, CC is a great place to have the recipe analyzed or alternate, more moist recipes are always shared. If you are baking a cake and it's for sale, if it is overbaked, it should be rebaked, not sprayed.

Wildgirl Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 2:19pm
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Thank you - that makes a lot sense. icon_smile.gif

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