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Simple syrup to keep cake moist. Advice needed.

post #1 of 21
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I am doing my first wedding cake for a friend as a gift (serving 350) soon. It will be white cake with buttercream, covered with fondant. The fondant will be removed to serve. Since this cake is big (for me) I was thinking of using simple syrup to make sure it stays moist. It will be baked 2 1/2 days before serving.

Experienced help is appreciated.
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Can't help you at all, except a bump!!
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post #3 of 21
you don't need anything but the buttercream and fondant the cake will be very moist the fondant will lock in the moisture you will only be making the cake heavier by adding simple syrup. Some people like fondant why is the fondant being removed before serving. As long as you don't use wilton fondant it should be good.
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I use simple syrup on all of my cakes, and have never found it to make my cakes 'heavier'.

Just bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and let cool (remember, be careful - sugar gets much hotter than water alone). You can add any flavorings or liqueurs you would like at this point.

I put mine in a squeeze bottle and literally drizzle it on each layer before icing. You can also brush it on, or even put it in a spray bottle.

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post #5 of 21
I use simple syrup with flavorings as well. It really elevates the cakes giving it one more layer of flavor and so simple to make. Ewww...word play. lol.
post #6 of 21
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Thank you all for your helpful advice.
Cakesondemand: I will be using Wilton fondant unless you can suggest a more pallet friendly ready made brand. I need 23 pounds and don't have a K.A. mixer yet so MMF is out of the question. I hate to pay shipping on 23 lbs. The bride loves the look of fondant, it is a must have.
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post #7 of 21
I use simple syrup on all my wedding cakes as well...it will keep in the fridge after made for up to 1 month.
Just make sure you pour it into a separate bowl if brushing on...otherwise you will get crumbs in your batch and it will be garbage after that.
Squeeze bottle....good idea, never occurred to me!!! LOL!
post #8 of 21
If you are freezing cakes, would you do the simple syrup right before you wrap them up? I imagine it would be kind of pointless to try and do it after it's been frozen.

So, you would just add something like vanilla or almond extract to the boiled sugar mixture?

What do you guys recommend for chocolate cake?
post #9 of 21
You can apply to the layers and then freeze.

Recommend for chocolate cake? Hmmmmm ..... oh my.... icon_biggrin.gif

You could do almost anything, but the liquors are the best, such as kahlua, ameretto, kirsch, brandy, frangelico, even the fruit ones, peach, orange triple sec, etc.

Your simple sugar is one part water, one part sugar, heat until sugar disolves (starts to boil), simmer for 1 minute then let cool.

Always add your flavorings when the mixture has cooled and for liquors, it is best to wait until you are ready to apply to the cake, just stir them in.
post #10 of 21
Doesn't this make the cake mushy on top and hard to ice? It sounds like it adds a little flavor to the cake but I sometimes have a hard enough time icing my cakes. It seems to me this would make it even more difficult? icon_confused.gif
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by sherik

Thank you all for your helpful advice.
Cakesondemand: I will be using Wilton fondant unless you can suggest a more pallet friendly ready made brand. I need 23 pounds and don't have a K.A. mixer yet so MMF is out of the question. I hate to pay shipping on 23 lbs. The bride loves the look of fondant, it is a must have.



I haven't used it yet but there are a couple of ready made fondants out there.

Kitchen krafts carries pettinince fondant. I have heard good things about it. For 25 lbs shipping is about $16
http://www.kitchenkrafts.com/product.asp?pn=IN0277

I also searched for Satin Icing, another brand I have heard great things about. This website has it in 20# buckets and shipping is about $16 again for up to 26# They also have other colors and Choco Pan (chocolate fondant)
http://www.intotheoven.com/fondant-c-2.html

I hope this helps. Hopefully it is worth spending the little extra money so you have good fondant, instead of just taking off the wilton fondant and throwing it away.

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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by karebere

Doesn't this make the cake mushy on top and hard to ice? It sounds like it adds a little flavor to the cake but I sometimes have a hard enough time icing my cakes. It seems to me this would make it even more difficult? icon_confused.gif



Not at all....the syrup is applied to the cut layers of cake...when you torte and fill your cake layers.
post #13 of 21
Any recommendations for chocolate that doesn't involve liquor? I am making a cake for my daughter's kindergarten graduation, and I am going to freeze it for about four days, so I think i will try the simple syrup to help keep it moist.
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post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by flourgrl

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Originally Posted by karebere

Doesn't this make the cake mushy on top and hard to ice? It sounds like it adds a little flavor to the cake but I sometimes have a hard enough time icing my cakes. It seems to me this would make it even more difficult? icon_confused.gif



Not at all....the syrup is applied to the cut layers of cake...when you torte and fill your cake layers.




OK so I know this is probably really strupid but.....so you drizzle the cakes with the simple surup and then put the tops that you drizzled together (filled or not) as the middle of the cake? icon_confused.gif That makes much more sense icon_biggrin.gif
post #15 of 21
Other flavors, non-alcoholic, are any extracts (actually, aren't extracts part alcohol though?, lol), rose water, orange blossom water or use no flavorings at all, just the simple sugar mixture as a softening agent.

To answer karebere's question, yes, you could drizzle, but the best way to apply without stirring up crumbs is to just dab with a pastry brush, don't drag or wipe. You dab on the syrup on each cut layer and on top of the cake if you like.
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