Simple Syrup is a homemade recipe for the popular sweetener that can be used in cocktails, coffee, tea, and added to baked goods and desserts. I also have a Chocolate Simple Syrup that works best on chocolate cake and red velvet cake!

Simple Syrup Recipe

This Simple Syrup Recipe is a baker’s secret weapon that can be used on cakes, cupcakes, cookies (on rare occasions), and even in my cocktails! The recipe for simple syrup is easy and can be modified in many ways. And, all you need is water and sugar to make this sweetener.

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How to Store Simple Syrup

I like to store my simple syrup in a plastic bottle that has easy pouring and can close. However, you can also store it in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 weeks.

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Can I Double or Triple the Simple Syrup Recipe?

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

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Why Should I Add Simple Syrup to Cakes?

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

Will it Make My Cake Too Sweet?

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

Will Simple Syrup Make My Cake Soggy?

No, but remember, less is more in this case. It’s easy to add additional syrup if needed.

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 this Simple Syrup Recipe in Different Flavors?

Absolutely! Simple syrups can be quite diverse. Mix in spices, extracts, and fruit for an instant flavored sweetener! In fact, I do have a Banana Simple Syrup to get you started on trying flavored simple syrups.

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Simple Syrup

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 3 mins
 Simple Syrup is a homemade recipe for the popular sweetener that can be used in cocktails, coffee, tea, and added to baked goods and desserts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 g) water
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

Instructions

  • To a medium saucepan, add water and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil and stir until all sugar has dissolved (1-2 minutes).
  • Allow the syrup to cool. Then, place it in an airtight container.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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Reader Comments

  1. I use 1 cup of sugar in a plain sponge cake but my cake becomes dry sometimes so I wanted to use sugar syrup using 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, so I wanted to know how much sugar should I use inside the cake

  2. this is very detailed and helpful to me as a beginner …you explained it very well. thanks to you, I can Make one for my cakes ❤😊

  3. Hi! I’m a first time baker and I found this entry very helpful most especially when it comes to adding simple syrup. I’ll be making my first tiered cake for a debutant this month and it would be 3-tiered cake. I found your tips very insightful and all the other blogs.

  4. I just made this recipe in advance. I put in fridge. On the day I make my cake can I apply simple syrup on cake directly from fridge or do I have to bring back to room temperature?

    1. Hi, Melinda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Bring the simple syrup back to room temperature. Have a great day!

  5. Being a first time cake decorator and not in the know with a lot of the tricks of the trade, can sugar syrup be used on a caramel mud cake that I will be making for a birthday please.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi, Laura! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. For best results, add the simple syrup to the cake when it is warm. Have a great day!

  6. Do I add it when the cake comes straight from the oven or wait ten minutes ? I’m using a pound cake and I’m not cutting it in half nor frosting between the layers.

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