L.A. Times Test Kitchen tips: Moistening cake layers
Don't worry. A simple syrup can fix both of those problems.
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, and gently cook until the sugar melts and a syrup is formed. Remove from heat. A basic simple syrup can last for months in the fridge.
Brush the syrup over the cake layers before frosting to moisten them. For extra flavor, infuse the syrup with flavoring, like citrus zest, fresh mint or vanilla, or substitute some of the water in the simple syrup with fruit juice or alcohol.
Give the syrup time to soak in, then frost and assemble the cake. Voila.
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