I use simple syrup a lot in my cakes - especially my sponge cakes! It helps add a bit of moisture, and when it comes to naked or semi-naked cakes, this extra step can be a lifesaver.
Simple syrup is basically granulated sugar + water. Many people use a ratio of 1 part water to 1 part sugar, but I find that cakes are already sweet enough, so I like to do 1 part sugar to 2 parts water (for example: 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water).
There’s different methods of making syrup but I like to mix everything in a glass measuring cup because it has a spout. I pour in my sugar first, then add boiling water, and mix with a spoon. The water should be clear, and you should not be able to see any sugar granules.
Once cooled, you can use immediately with a pastry brush to apply on your cakes, or you can pour it into a soaker bottle like I do! These help make applying simple syrup really easy, and I think they’re really fun to use :) They also double as a way for you to store leftover syrup.
You can feel free to flavor your syrups with alcohol, citrus, or vanilla. View the video below to see how I make my syrup.
You can purchase the soaker bottle here.