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How To Make Simple Syrup That Will Change Your Cake From Delicious To Super-Delicious

We all have those moments when we’re at the birthday party and the cake looks just terrific so we say “This one looks yummy, I can’t wait to try it!” The next thing we know is that the cake definitely isn’t so delicious as we first thought.

In fact, the cake is dry and you can’t even swallow it properly. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough disappointments when comes to trying out cakes that my friends have made.

simple syrup for cakes

So, I asked myself why should we be satisfied with cakes that don’t have any special taste? Since I am a true cake lover, I firmly believe that every cake deserves to be both beautiful and delicious otherwise what is the point of eating dessert?

After looking for a long time for different ways how to make cakes more tasteful, I’ve come across something unbelievable – a simple syrup for cakes. Believe me, you should never, ever underestimate the power of syrups. Their power lies in simple taste that will change your cake forever.

In this article, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite syrups and flavor variations. I promise that you’ll fall in love with every cake you make. It’s time for your cake to be super delicious!

Sugar Syrup and Variations

How to make and use Simple sugar syrup

Sugar – the miracle that makes our lives sweeter in every way. The thing that I love about sugar are the infinite choices where we can use it. If you want your cake to be super moist and flavorful, this syrup is just the thing you need. I personally use it with chocolate cakes since they truly go hand in hand.

However, you can try it on every cake you want, because you definitely can’t make a mistake. The worst thing that can happen is that you end up eating a whole cake by yourself because it’s so yummy.

Now, let’s make that syrup.  You’ll need the following:

  • 100g sugar
  • 100ml water
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence or lemon juice if you prefer sour taste

Step 1: The foundation of syrup

The key of this syrup lies in using equal parts of water and sugar and adding some flavor to it. That means that you can decide on your own how much syrup you need for your cakes.

Grab a saucepan and add water and sugar. Don’t rush the process and wait patiently until sugar is dissolved completely. After simmering for around three minutes, add your favorite flavor and leave to cool.

simple sugar syrup for cakes

Simple sugar syrup

Step 2: Don’t overcook the cake

In the meantime, make sure that your cake is removed from the oven and that you left it for 5-7 minutes. After that, you can use the syrup right away to get the best results.

Step 3: Let’s brush the cake!

Now, you’ll need a pastry or bristle brush (it’s up to you, there is no rule) and syrup. The next thing that we’re going to do is to cover every area of cake carefully and without soaking because that will completely ruin your dessert and that is the last thing we want.

Step 4: Don’t forget Edges

Pay special attention to the edges as they are easily forgotten so the cake tends to be dry in those parts.

Step 5: Leave your cake alone

Leave the cake alone for some time so that syrup can make miracles.

Step 6: Everyone’s favorite part!

Here comes the best part- it’s time to enjoy that unique taste and to make your friends green with envy with what you did.

Up next: Try out these amazing variations Of simple syrup for cakes


For those of you who are coffee lovers, this variation is perfect to bring the strong yet wonderful taste of coffee to your cake.

You just need to stir 1 teaspoon (just to emphasize that you shouldn’t use tablespoon because it will be bitter) of espresso powder the second water boils and then enjoy the remarkable coffee taste.

Orange or Lemon

For citrus lovers, either of these syrups would be a just perfect addition to your wonderful cake.

simple orange syrup for cakes

Orange syrup

Step 1: Grab that orange

From half an orange, add the peel to the mix of water and sugar (but you should do that before boiling).

Step 2: It’s time to use coffee filter

Unless you want to feel the leftovers of orange, use a coffee filter to get rid of peels.

Step 3: Who doesn’t like liqueur in cake?

After that, add 1-2 tablespoons of orange flavored liqueur (I suggest Cointreau or Grand Marnier) and enjoy the fantastic taste of orange on your cake.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Or in this case, make a lemon syrup. If you prefer lemon, just replace orange peel with lemon peel and liqueur with lemon juice.  You’ll definitely enjoy the lemon flavor on your favorite cake!


One more way to spice up the cake is with this caramel variation.

simple caramel syrup for cakes

Delicious creme dessert with caramel syrup

Step 1: Let’s make the best syrup

You have to put sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan and turn the heat on high since we want to feel the full taste of this syrup.

Step 2: The color that you’ll love

After the sugar is melted it should have a beautiful golden color.

Step 3: Keep your eyes on the prize

The next thing after the sugar is completely melted is to add a cup of hot water.

I must warn you that you’d better keep the eye on that pan since the second you add water, it will boil up.

Step 4: Cover the cake

Last but not least. Make sure that you let it cool and then cover the cake with this amazing Caramel flavor.


Who doesn’t love cooling mint taste on the cake? Well, I certainly do. In case you haven’t tried it now would be the perfect time for that.

Whether you want to add mint, lavender, or any other herb you can do that easily. You should add chopped herbs (1 tablespoon) just before boiling and that’s it. But please, make sure that you strain syrup through a coffee filter before you use it on your cake otherwise you just wasted the best syrup.

How to Make Rum Syrup

You’ll need the following:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of rum
  • Medium saucepan
how to make rum syrup

Rum syrup

Rum is something that every chocolate cake needs. I know that finding a perfect recipe on how to make this type of syrup can be quite challenging, so I wanted to share this one that I’ve found. It’s really easy to make and your cake will love it.

Step 1: It’s all about the right temperature!

In a saucepan add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar, and make sure that the temperature is medium, not high. Be patient and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.

Step 2: Watch the saucepan

Then without stirring, wait until water boils. Shift the temperature to low, and cook for around five minutes.

Step 3: It’s time for rum! 

The next step is to add rum and let it cool.

Step 4: Make sure the cake is covered up

Grab your chocolate cake and cover it in a careful way with this fantastic syrup. It’s best to use a brush so you can cover it evenly. After doing that, place the cake in the fridge.

Step 5: Voila!

It’s time to try out the lovely combination of rum and chocolate!

Extra Tips and Tricks

In case you don’t want to wait until the cake is cool, this little trick is a perfect one for you. You can cover the cake with syrup before it has cooled down, and watch how quickly the syrup spreads. After that, put the cake in the fridge.

Whenever you are covering the cake with syrup, don’t put too much on a cake, because it will become too soft and you won’t be able to do anything else with it, let alone to decorate it.

If you use a silicon brush, you should consider buying a bristle brush because it’s easier to put the syrup on the cake with that one.

If you love fruits, then in the process of making syrup, you can replace water with fruit juice. It’s perfect for summer days when you need something refreshing.

It’s Time To Make your Syrups

Now that you have all these variations of simple syrup  for cakes. It’s time to try out all of them!

Well, if that’s too ambitious for you, you can start with your favorite flavor. Believe me, after you try the syrup and you realize how much it contributes to the wonderful taste of the cake, you’ll become addicted to these syrups.

Whether you want to make a special cake for your kids or you’re celebrating your birthday, any of these syrups will add a nice touch to your favorite cake. I always say that if you make your cake with love, you can only expect the best out of it.

So, now you know that the secret of beautiful and delicious cake lies in the remarkable Sugar syrup and I encourage you to discover a lot of other variations.

I hope that you enjoyed this article and that you’ve found it very helpful. Don’t hesitate and feel free to ask us anything related to these syrups or simply leave us any comments you want.

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