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All Dried Out: Can Cake Make a Comeback?

Recently, a baker we know confessed that one of her least favorite cake descriptors is "moist". Why? "It just sounds gross" she says. Seems she's not alone--when we asked around, many seemed to share her disdain for the word.

Is it simply semantics? Because when pressed, nobody confessed to preferring dry cake to...well, not dry cake.

Which leads us to believe that as bad as the word moist may be, it's nowhere near as bad as eating dry cake.

And that brings us to the point: the cursed dry cake. It happens to the best of us--we accidentally forget to cover a cake (or cover it carelessly) and that fine crumb becomes a hardened, crisp enemy. But is it really the end? Or can that cake be brought back to life?

We're set on finding out.

Cupcakes drying out
And so, in an effort of furthering Cake Science, we've purchased a batch of cupcakes which we are currently letting dry out, with a mind to test out some re-moistening procedures to see if it truly might be possible to bring them back to life. 

Will it work? Is it possible for cake to make a comeback, or is just better to let it rest in peace? 

We'll find out soon enough.

If you've got any suggestions for bringing dead cake back to life, let us know!

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September 29 | Unregistered Commenternike shox
Sorry this is so late, but I just came across your blog when I was researching how to repair some "healthy" (read: dry) muffins. Several sites suggested making a simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water and brushing the muffins. I poked some holes in them and brushed them several times, and it seems to be working. I am hoping for a turnaround. :-)
September 4 | Unregistered CommenterThe Onion
Ah ha! This was one of my favorite desserts when I was growing up! My mom made a wonderful white cake with 7 minute frosting. After a couple of days (yes we actually had cake left after a couple days, if only because I hid a piece or two) the cake would be dry & the 7 minute frosting would be quite hard & sugary instead of light & fluffy. Well. Mom also home-canned fresh Yakima peaches, which I adored. So, one slice dry white cake with crunchy frosting drenched in home canned fresh peaches with syrup! Yum, yum, yum!!!
September 13 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

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