Sticky cakes

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Country Baker

Sticky cakes

How can I stop my cakes (Victoria sandwich for example) from becoming a little 'sticky' after being stored? They're fine when freshly baked, but after being stored in an airtight container, can become a little sticky. And they are always completely cool before being stored.

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Sticky cakes

Hello Country Baker,

I think this question has been discussed many times online (and off) but it is a catch 22 situation. Sponge cakes are stored in an airtight container because if not they dry out. The sticky top forms when the cake is in a container because the sugar in the sponge attracts the moisture from the air in the container.

As sponge cakes are best eaten on the day they are baked I think its best to freeze them if you are making them ahead.
Sorry if that’s not the answer you are hoping for?

Perhaps one day someone will invent a storage tin for sponge cakes that will keep them in perfect condition but until then I think it’s the freezer.

Best wishes

Lindsey

 
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