Moist Cake Secrets

Almost everybody loves cake, but nobody enjoys a dry, brittle one. Cakes can start off looking like they are going to be delicious, moist masterpieces and end up dry and chalky if you don't prepare the batter correctly. You don't want to be the one who brought the cake at the party only to find that people are politely forcing dry cake down their throats. If you're a little adventurous, there are some everyday food items that work wonders in making cake moist.

  1. Applesauce

    • Applesauce will not only make your cake more moist, but is also a healthier alternative to the oil or butter called for in your recipe. To try it out for the first time, replace half of the oil or butter in your recipe with an equal amount of applesauce. Your cake will come out denser and will not rise as much as usual. The cake may also need a little more time in the oven.

    Sour Cream

    • Some cooks swear by sour cream as the way to make cakes extra moist. Prepare you cake batter as usual, but add about a 1/2 cup of sour cream to it. Bake as usual, and the cake should come out extra moist.


    • Mayonnaise may sound like the absolute last thing you would want to add to your cake batter but if you think about it, mayonnaise contains ingredients that are usually in cake anyway: oil and eggs. In addition, the vinegar in mayonnaise acts as a natural preservative. Try adding 1/4 cup of mayonnaise to your next batch of cake batter. Your cake will be moist, but you will not taste the mayonnaise.

    Sugar Water Spray

    • Sugar water, sprayed onto the cake, before frosting adds moisture. Boil two cups of water with one cup of sugar for three minutes, then leave it to cool. Once the solution cools, pour it into a spray bottle. Poke a few holes into the cake with a skewer or fork, and then spray the cake with the sugar water mix several times. Then frost your cake as usual. For a layer cake, repeat this process on all layers.

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