Let’s face it, nothing is sadder than a dried out cake. Maybe it’s left over birthday cake from your children’s birthday party, perhaps it’s the last few slices left over from a dinner party. Wherever it came from, there are ways to bring it back before you consider tossing it. Try one of these methods and rescue that dry cake.
Moisten a paper towel, then place it on a microwave safe plate. Then, place the cake on top of that and run the oven for two ten second intervals. This will trap moisture in, but not for long. Only use this method if you’re serving the cake straight away.
This methods works by placing your cake in a bain-marie. Put your cake in a container that has clearance on all sides. Then, put that container in a larger one, such as a roasting pan. Fill the pan with boiling water, taking care not to splash the cake. Let it sit for several minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure none of the icing melts. Then, wrap it in plastic to keep the moisture in. You can do this on a smaller scale for cupcakes, by placing a tea strainer over a simmering mug of water.
Revive it with simple syrup
Simple syrup is sugar and water that have been heated in equal consistencies until they make a thick, but still pourable, syrup. Mix up a batch and place it in a spray bottle. If there’s exposed cake surface, such as on a single slice of cake, you can spray it directly onto the cake. If there isn’t, you can inject syrup by making a small hole with a toothpick and drizzling it in.
Use the bread method
This is a more unusual method, but many bakers swear by it. All you have to do is place the cake in a sealed bag, along with a slice of white bread. After a few hours, your cake will be moist, as it will have ‘stolen’ the moisture from the bread. Once the bread’s hard, the cake’s ready!
Use the apple method
This is essentially the same as the bread method, only with sliced apple instead. If you use this tip, we want to warn you that some flavor transference will occur. Because of this, we recommend you use this on cakes whose flavors will complement this, such as apple based cakes, spice cakes, and carrot cakes.
Serve it with ice cream
If all else fails, serve that cake with ice cream. The creaminess of the ice cream will make up for the dryness of the cake, and that way you’re not wasting any. What could be better?
Those are just a few of the ways you can save a dry cake. Next time you have a cake you’re about to throw in the trash, try these tips out and save that delicious cake. After all, it’d be a shame to waste it.