How to Make Simple Syrup Recipe for Cakes

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Course Dessert


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Optional flavorings e.g., vanilla extract, citrus zest, flavored liqueurs


  1. Gather Your Ingredients: Ensure you have all the ingredients and equipment ready. You'll need a saucepan, a stirring utensil, and a glass container with a lid for storage.
  2. Combine Sugar and Water: In the saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and water. Use a 1:1 ratio, which means 1 cup of sugar for every 1 cup of water. You can adjust the quantity based on your needs; just keep the ratio the same.
  3. Heat the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir continuously until the sugar completely dissolves. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Avoid boiling the mixture, as we're not looking to caramelize the sugar; we want a clear syrup.
  4. Optional Flavoring: If you want to add flavor to your simple syrup, this is the time to do it. You can add a splash of vanilla extract for a classic taste, or experiment with other flavorings like citrus zest, a cinnamon stick, or a flavored liqueur like Grand Marnier or amaretto. Add your chosen flavorings to the saucepan and continue stirring for a couple of minutes to infuse the syrup.
  5. Cool the Syrup: Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Stir occasionally to ensure the flavorings are well incorporated.
  6. Strain (if needed): If you added solid flavorings like citrus zest or cinnamon, strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any solids. This will leave you with a clear, smooth syrup.
  7. Store Your Simple Syrup: Transfer the simple syrup to a glass container with a lid. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  8. Using the Simple Syrup: When your cake layers have cooled but are still slightly warm, use a pastry brush to gently apply the simple syrup to the surface of the cake layers. This will help keep your cakes moist and add a subtle sweetness.
  9. Enjoy Your Moist, Flavorful Cakes: With your simple syrup applied, your cakes will be delightfully moist and infused with your chosen flavor. Use it with a variety of cake recipes to elevate their taste and texture.

Recipe Notes

Simple syrup is not just for cakes; you can also use it in cocktails, iced tea, or to sweeten other desserts. It's a versatile addition to your kitchen that will quickly become a staple for baking and beyond.


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