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    filed under: Decorating on April 24, 2015

    Simple syrup is a baker’s secret weapon. I use it on cakes, cupcakes, and sometimes in my cocktails! The recipe for simple syrup is easy and can be modified in a million ways!


    The GREATEST trick for cake makers!

    How to Make Simple Syrup

    The equation stays the same no matter how much you make. I have made a large batch and used 3 cups sugar and 3 cups water. It is a basic 1:1 ratio.

    I like to store my simple syrup in a plastic bottle that has easy pouring and can close. If you do not have a bottle you can spoon it over the cake or even brush it over the cake with a pastry brush.

    I use about 1-4 tablespoons per layer, depending on the size of the layer.

    How to make sure your cake is moist and delicious EVERY single time!

    This was a 12-inch layer of cake so I used almost 1/4 cup! (or 4 tablespoons)

    How to make sure your cake is moist and delicious EVERY single time!

    After I pour the simple syrup over the cake I will wrap it in plastic wrap then store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    If I am freezing cake I will soak layer with simple syrup, wrap in plastic wrap, then place the cake in a sealable plastic bag or air-tight container. (I have seen it written that you can store up to 3 months.)

    Now for the “why” of simple syrup:

    Simply put it keeps the cake moist throughout every stage of assembly and decoration. Not only does it help keep your cake moist, it helps to add sweet flavor which is always good!

    Common Questions:

    Will it make my cake too sweet?

    No. It will enhance the sweetness in your cake but not alter the flavor.

    Can I use simple syrup with fillings and frostings?

    Yes, definitely. You should use simple syrup on your cake layers and then fill/decorate as you normally would.

    Can I make it different flavors?

    Absolutely! Simple syrups can be quite diverse. Mix in spices, extracts, fruit—and you have instant flavored sweetener!

    The GREATEST trick for cake makers!


    Simple syrups are a baker’s best tool for ensuring moist, delicious, and flavorful cake!

    Simple Syrup
    Prep Time
    1 min
    Cook Time
    2 mins
    Total Time
    3 mins

    Simple syrup is a baker’s secret weapon.

    Keyword: Simple Syrup Recipe
    Servings: 2 SERVINGS
    Author: Amanda
    • 1 c granulated sugar
    • 1 c water
    1. Pour sugar into a medium saucepan and then immediately add water.
    2. Bring to a boil and stir until all sugar has dissolved. (1-2 minutes)
    3. Allow to cool then place in an airtight container. Store in the refirgerator for up to 2 weeks.

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    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe…my daughter is getting ready to bake bundt cakes to sell to raise money for sheaves for Christ and this will definitely help her cakes to stay moist.

    Could I use simple syrup in frosting a cake with heavy cream cream cheese could I put that with it too

    When I use simple syrup in my cake it is getting hard.

      you dont want to boil it too long, just til the sugr is dissolved

    Thank you for sharing God bless

    I’m 66, my Mother used this a lot. Fast, easy to make & delish! She used it on homemade 2 layer cake. Banana slices over each layer, then pour syrup over each & repeated over top layer!

    Is simple syrup used if you are storing the cake layers to use at a later time or is this used while putting the cake together to serve the same day?

    I’m 87and do not do the baking I did 2years ago but I continually read your recipes. 3 years ago I lost all my recipies of 60 years but now I read your new ones

    I have never heard of this before I don’t understand it either. Is this for only when you are storing your cakes. i love tips like this, and love how everyone uses them. Great for those of us who never heard ofit Thanks

    Are the cakes cold when you put the syrup on please

    Amanda. You are too good to be true. Just love your website and keep Following you for all my baking needs 👌👍👏👏👏👏👏👏

    You are the Baker bomb. Every recipe looks delish, gets me in the mood to cook. Your decorated cakes are beautiful. You are so talented

    I usually make my cakes in an 9×13 pan. Will this method work of that size cake?

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