How to Keep Cakes Moist After Baking

Almost every recipe tells you how to make the best, moistest cake in all of cake land. But they don’t tell you how to keep it moist after baking – which might be even more important! Luckily, a few simple things like wrapping and storing can make all the difference in moistness post-bake.

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I can’t tell you how many cakes I’ve made (and consumed) in my lifetime. It would be quite an astounding number. With that said, I have had to figure out how to keep my cakes as moist as possible after baking, especially if I plan to sell them.

Keeping a cake nice and moist after baking isn’t too challenging, although it will require a few extra steps. You will also need to be a bit pickier about your procedure. 

Want moist cake? Keep reading.

How to Keep Cakes Moist After Baking

I will start by saying this: a moist cake will start with the right recipe. A good cake recipe will ensure that you bake up an ultra-moist cake. However, you need to make sure you’re taking the proper steps after baking to keep things nice and moist. Let’s take a closer look.

Frost Your Cake ASAP

To keep yourself dry from rain, you wear a raincoat or use an umbrella. Well, consider frosting as your cake’s barrier. Frosting will seal the moisture inside of the cake, keeping it moist wherever it goes – including the fridge and freezer.

Make sure your cake is cooled entirely before frosting it. Trying to apply frosting to a warm cake will end in a melted disaster. 

If you need to cool the cake down quickly, wrap the warm cake in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer. Wait around a half-hour, and it should be cooled down enough to frost. By the way, you can also keep a cake in the freezer for several weeks before you have to frost it.

When frosting your cake, make sure that every inch is covered. If a piece of cake is playing peek-a-boo with the outside air, it can lead to a dried-out cake that is seriously lacking moisture. No, thanks!

Store Your Cake Properly

Another important thing to consider is cake storage. A cake stored properly makes all the difference between a cake that is left to the elements. You can store cakes on the counter, in the fridge, or in the freezer. Here’s how.

  • Room temperature. The best way to store a cake is to leave it on the counter. That way, it won’t come into contact with anything that could suck moisture out of it – like cold air from a fridge. However, don’t leave it unsealed. A cake stand is an excellent option.
  • Fridge. Yes, you can store cakes in the fridge – even though it might not be “ideal”. As long as the cake is properly stored, such as plastic wrap or a cake box, it can easily stay moist for up to a week.
  • Freezer. The freezer is an even better option for long-term storage. Place a cake in the freezer, but make sure it’s stored with plastic wrap in an airtight container, if possible. When storing slices, wrap them individually for the best results.

Put Simple Syrup Over the Cake

Did you know that simple syrup may be the secret ingredient for keeping cakes moist after baking? Plenty of bakers swear by simple syrup. You can buy it in the store or make your own with a few ingredients you likely have on hand.

When your cake is done baking, use a pastry brush to “paint” simple syrup over the entire cake. This is a simple way to lock in moisture before you even frost it. Not only does it lock in moisture, but it adds a touch of extra sweetness to the final product. No complaints with that!


It’s pretty easy to keep a cake moist after baking. It all comes down to how it’s stored and when it’s frosted. But if you’re still curious about how to keep cakes moist after baking, check out these commonly asked questions asked by bakers just like you.

How do you keep a cake moist for days?

If the cake is unfrosted, then you can wrap it in plastic wrap and store it on the counter for five days or in the freezer for weeks. If frosted, the shelf life shortens a bit, but it also ensures that the cake stays moist as frosting seals the cake and keeps the moisture inside.

How do I make a cake more moist?

There are many ways to make a cake moister. One of the simplest ways is to avoid overbaking it. When mixing ingredients, use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour and add oil and sour cream. You shouldn’t over-cream or over-mix the batter. Mix room temp butter with flour.

What is a secret ingredient to moisten cakes?

Some of the “secret ingredients” some bakers might share include room temperature butter, sour cream, yogurt, and oil. 

Why is my cake hard and dry?

A hard and dry cake is likely an overbaked cake. It is so important to make sure you’re following the cake recipe entirely and not letting your cake sit in a hot oven for even a second more. Another culprit for hard and dry cake is too many dry ingredients, such as flour.

Can you leave freshly baked cake out overnight?

Yes, but I would recommend storing it in something like a cake stand or an airtight container. Just make sure it’s cooled before it is stored. Otherwise, the cake may become soggy and undesirable.

Final Words

Baking a moist cake might be simple, but keeping it moist after baking is another challenge. The best thing to do is to frost the cake asap. You should also coat it with a fine layer of simple syrup. Proper storage is also key, whether stored on the counter, fridge, or freezer.

How do you keep cake moist after baking? Share tips for us to try, too!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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