Last Updated on December 31, 2022
“My cake is too moist,” is a common problem people have while baking. Baking a cake is an art, however, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent your cake from being too moist.
Fixing a moist cake can be tricky, so you want to try and stop the problem before it happens. However, sometimes it doesn’t always work out and you end up with an overly moist cake. Luckily, there are still some steps you can take to save your cake.
My Cake Is Too Moist
The texture is key to a delicious cake. You want a cake that is fluffy, moist, and tender. You don’t want your cake to be too moist, dry, dense, or flat.
There is a balance among all the ingredients in a cake that gives it its tasty texture. However, if this balance gets thrown off, then the cake’s texture will get messed up. This will give it an undesirable texture.
What Causes Soggy Cake
If your cake is too moist, you likely added too many liquid ingredients. This could be from an excess of milk, water, buttermilk, or any liquid you have added to your cake.
When there is too much moisture in the cake, the flour and other dry ingredients cannot absorb all the liquid. This leads the cake to develop a runny texture that falls apart.
Not having enough eggs in the recipe is another reason why your cake may be too moist. Eggs work as a binding agent and when there is not enough, the cake can’t absorb all the liquids and hold the batter together.
If your recipe calls for oil, this may also contribute to too much moisture if you add too much. This will result in an oily, crumbly cake.
What to Do
If your cake has too much moisture, the structure will fall apart as you try to cut. Not only will the texture be off, but also the taste of the cake as well. This will lead to a disappointing dessert.
If you notice that your cake batter is too moist and runny, you can start by adding more flour. Add one to two teaspoons at a time until the texture thickens up. You can also add an egg or more baking powder as well.
However, if you don’t notice your cake has too much moisture until it is already baking in the oven, there is another approach you can take. Try baking your cake for an additional 10-15 minutes for it to fully bake.
If the middle of the cake is too wet, bake it for up to 15 additional minutes. Add a piece of aluminum foil to the top to prevent it from browning as the middle finishes baking. If the bottom is too moist, add aluminum foil and/or turn off the upper heat of your oven and bake for a few more minutes.
Measuring Cups: U-Taste 18/8 Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set of 10 Piece
When baking the cake for longer, it is recommended to turn the temperature down by about 25-50 degrees. This will help the areas that are too moist fully bake without messing up the already baked areas.
How To Prevent Having Cake Too Moist
The easiest way to fix a runny cake that is too moist is to prevent it from happening in the first place. To do this, carefully read the instructions before starting your recipe. Make sure you know how much of each ingredient you will need and measure them out.
Be sure to carefully measure out your liquid ingredients to avoid adding too much. Always use liquid measuring cups for liquids and not dry measuring cups. This will help you achieve a more accurate measurement of your ingredients.
Bake your cakes in aluminum pans and be sure to use the oven temperature the recipe calls for. If you are using a glass pan, you will need to factor in that it will take longer to heat up. So, if using glass, you will likely need to bake your cake for longer than what the recipe calls for.
Why Are Store-Bought Cakes So Soft?
There are a few reasons why store-bought cakes taste so soft and are usually much better than the ones you can make yourself at home. It usually all comes down to the ingredients that you use. Store-bought cakes tend to use cake flour. While cake flour may seem like a small change to make to your recipe, it can make a huge difference. Cake flour is much finer than traditional flour and also contains less protein and gluten.
Another reason is the use of baking powder. You’ll likely notice that one of the ingredients on store-bought cakes is double-acting baking powder. It may seem like a small ingredient to make such a huge difference, but the amount of baking powder you use can really affect the final consistency of your cake. It’s important to note that as soon as you add baking powder to your batter, the leavening agent will activate, so it should be placed in the oven fairly quickly after it’s added to ensure your cake gets the best rise.
Emulsified shortening can also help to keep the cake moist and tender, and store-bought cakes tend to use this too. It’s no wonder store-bought cakes are so soft!
How Do You Fix a Wet Cake Pop?
Wet cake pops are relatively common and easy to salvage, so don’t worry too much if you’re worried about them. Usually, placing your cake pops into the refrigerator can attract moisture to the coating and may cause the cake pops to become sticky and wet. If this is the case, remove them from the refrigerator and leave them in a cool, dry place. If you notice your cake pop batter is too wet, try adding some powdered sugar, or additional frosting. Once you’ve done this, place it in the refrigerator and leave it to chill. This should be enough to save your wet cake pops.
Does Jam Make Cake Soggy?
Definitely not! I’ve found that adding jam to my cakes keeps them extra moist and adds a new level of flavor. If it’s relatively warm, the jam may liquify slightly, but this isn’t something to worry about. If you’re worried about the jam making your cake soggy, you can either store it in the refrigerator or add a layer of buttercream to the cake before the jam. Unless you’re drowning your cake in jam, jam makes a great addition to cakes!
Is Moist Cake Good?
It all depends on how you like your cakes. Some people prefer their cakes slightly dry, but light and airy. I prefer my cakes more dense and extra moist. For me, moist cake is most definitely a good thing!
How to Make a Moist Cake Without Eggs?
While eggs are one of the main reasons your cake will be moist, you don’t need them to achieve a moist cake. To make a moist cake without eggs, you’ll need the following ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 5 tablespoons of oil and 1 cup of water.
- Now all you need to do is line a pan with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350F.
- Grab a bowl and add the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Make 3 wells in the dry mix and add oil in one, vanilla extract in the second, and vinegar in the third.
- Add water over the top and mix well.
- Keep mixing until completely combined.
- Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake in the center of your oven for around 25-30 minutes. A toothpick in the center should come out clean when fully baked.
- Leave to cool.
- Serve, slice, and enjoy!
No More Struggling With A Cake That is Too Moist
Having a cake that is too moist and runny is annoying. It can ruin the texture and flavor of your cake, which will lead to a disappointing dessert. Fortunately, you can still save your cake if you notice it is too wet.
Do you have any questions about why my cake is too moist? If so, please ask your questions in the comments down below.
Ever since she was a young girl, Anna has been a lover of desserts. As an adult, she enjoys
baking a variety of desserts from cakes, cookies, brownies, bread, and more from scratch. She
enjoys sharing her passion for baking with others who also have a sweet tooth. From properly
measuring ingredients to making sure they are the correct temperature, Anna knows the
importance small details can make in baking. She wants to share her experience with others in
hopes they can make the most delicious baked goods. When she’s not busy blogging, Anna
enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen.