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Save Overbaked Cakes With This Simple Trick

By Andrea Heckler, 12/05/2017

Left your nearly-perfect cake in the oven too long? Don't worry: you can still save it!

We've all been there: you forget to set the timer on the oven and get distracted, or you miscalculate the baking time needed for a new recipe. The result is a nearly-perfect baked masterpiece turning into a dried-out, crumbly mess.

At this point it might seem hopeless; you can't go back and un-bake the cake, after all. But we have a life-saving tip for you that can salvage your dessert in no time!

All you need to do is make a two-ingredient syrup: equal parts water and white sugar. Boil the two ingredients together until they form a somewhat thick, syrup-like consistency. Then use a pastry brush to spread it across the top of your overdone cake.

The dry cake will instantly soak up the glaze, which will revive its texture and add just the right amount of moisture. No one will ever know it was a mistake!

Because these simple ingredients don't add any unwanted flavorings (just a hint of delicious sweetness), this trick can be used for cakes of any kind. The best part: it's fast enough to whip up and apply, even when you're in a pinch!

Happy baking!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 shortcrust pastry
  • 3 cups / 750 g. of cherries
  • 1/3 cup / 60 g. of sugar
  • 2/3 cup / 60 g. of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • Pistachios
  • A dash of milk

METHOD: 

  1. Mix the cherries and sugar together. Let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Spread or roll out the shortcrust pastry, sprinkle with almond powder and brown sugar.
  3. Place the cherries in the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of free dough on the edges. Fold in the edges.
  4. Brush with milk (this will make the crust go golden), sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
  5. Top with a handful of chopped pistachios, and serve!

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