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What’s the liquid they put on cakes?


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, and cool to room temperature.
  4. Store airtight in the refrigerator indefinitely.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Do you want to produce flavored simple syrup? Try one of these variations, which each makes about 1/2 cup (113g) of syrup:
    • Vanilla simple syrup:  Combine 1/3 cup (67g) sugar, 5 tablespoons water, and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 teaspoons after briefly heating to dissolve the sugar. vanilla extract .
    • Lemon simple syrup: Heat 1 lemon’s juice (approximately 50g) with 1/2 cup (99g) sugar until the sugar melts.
    • Rum simple syrup:  In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons (26g) water, 1/2 cup (99g) sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup (57g) rum. Bring to a fast boil, then lower to a simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until the syrup thickens somewhat. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence.
    • Coffee simple syrup:  2 tablespoons (28g) coffee liqueur, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar espresso powder , 2 tbsp (23 g) sugar, and 1/2 cup (113 g) boiling water.

Related Questions

  • What is the liquid that is sprayed on cakes?

    Since it might take days to make a cake, pastry artists who handle complicated patterns often use simple syrup to keep cakes wet throughout all stages of the decorating process.

  • When should you put simple syrup on cake?

    In Caroline Wright’s book Cake Magic, she suggests brushing syrup into a hot cake, then letting it cool completely in the pan until it’s no longer wet to the touch, 1–2 hours. “You make double use of the cooling period by soaking the cake layers in syrup shortly after they come out of the oven,” she adds.

  • What is simple syrup used for?

    Simple syrup is a sweetener that is prepared by dissolving sugar in water. That’s all there is to it. Simple syrup disperses sweetness evenly throughout beverages of any temperature, making it a key component of many iced drinks and cocktails (like sparkling beet lemonade or a whiskey sour).

  • What can I use instead of simple syrup for cake?

    The rich, sweet taste of maple syrup works well as a sugar replacement in simple syrup. Like honey and agave, you mix equal parts maple syrup and hot water, altering the ratios as needed, to create simple syrup.