5 Tips To Help Keep Your Cakes Moist
Don’t Over-Bake Your Cake
This one is probably pretty obvious, right? An over-baked cake is clearly going to be dry. And crumbly. And probably a bit burnt and crusty on the outside. But how do you go about making sure your cake isn’t over-baked?
I’d suggest buying an oven thermometer. Home ovens can often run a lot hotter or colder than the temperature dial would have you believe. They can also have hot spots and cold spots, which will change the baking time of anything you put in there.
Use Baking Strips
If you’re baking a dense cake, like a mud cake or a fruit cake, and it needs a long slow baking time, then using baking strips will protect the outside of the cake and slow down the browning of the crust so it doesn’t dry out before the center of the cake is done. You can use old towels soaked in water to wrap your cake pans.
Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Sugar
I know in these days of “sugar is bad”, it can be tempting to look at a recipe and think “surely it doesn’t need that much sugar?!” But before you go reducing the amount of sugar in a recipe, remember, sugar isn’t only in baking for sweetness.
Sugar is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water and has the ability to hold it. This keeps the moisture in your cake, rather than having it evaporate while the cake is baking, or when the cake is being stored. In fact, sugar can absorb moisture from the air. If you reduce the sugar in a recipe, you are reducing the cake’s ability to hold onto that moisture, which will likely result in a drier cake.
If In Doubt, Syrup It
If, for whatever reason, your cake is looking a bit dry when you’re splitting it into layers for filling, or even if you just want to make sure your cake stays moist during the decorating process, you can brush each layer with a simple sugar syrup.
Store It Correctly
This is also a bit of a no-brainer, but if you don’t store your cake properly, then it can lose moisture very quickly.