How to Add Moisture to a Dried-Out Cake

By LeafTV Contributor

So you have leftover cake, but it's dried out and unappetizing. As long as it's not completely stale or rock-hard, there are still ways to enjoy it, depending upon what kind of cake it is. Here are three possible solutions to refresh dried-out cake into something delicious.

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how to add moisture to a dried out cake

Add Water

Step 1

Place a small rack in a pan. Fill the pan with hot water to just below the level of the rack. Set the cake on a plate on top of the rack. Put the lid on the pan.

Step 2

Keep the water at barely a simmer. You want a pan of steam, but you don't want to melt the cake.

Step 3

Once the cake has been steamed, wrap it in plastic wrap to hold in the moisture and refrigerate it until it finishes evenly absorbing the moisture.

Add a Simple Syrup

Step 1

Put the cake on a plate. With a fork, poke holes in it every inch or so.

Step 2

Combine equal parts water or juice and sugar and boil for five minutes over medium heat. Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Cut the cake in half crosswise. Gently brush the syrup over the cake, or pour it on a little bit at a time. You will need to do this repeatedly, until the cake has absorbed enough syrup to be moist.

Turn it into Trifle

Step 1

If your cake is too dried out for either of the above remedies, you can use it as an ingredient in trifle.

Step 2

Assemble a light custard, some whipped cream, canned or cooked fruit and your dry cake. Cut the cake into bite-sized pieces. Make the same simple syrup as above.

Step 3

Make a layer of cake pieces dipped into the syrup, followed by a layer of fruit, and a layer of custard. You can pour a bit of additional syrup on each cake layer. Trifle is a moist dessert, so don't hesitate to add enough syrup to thoroughly moisten the cake.

Step 4

Do this for two or three layers, then top with another layer of cake. Frost and decorate with whipped cream and fruit.