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Looking for the right word


Looking for the right word
When talking about a sponge cake, cupcakes, muffins, etc... what word would you use to mean the opposite of dry? juicy, rich, or what? the dictionary doesn ´t help me.
Thanks in advance for your help
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24 Feb 2011      


I would say moist.

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24 Feb 2011     


Hi Yolanda and all members,
I could remember when I was watching my favourite cooking"culinary art on" on TV..
The word "tender" we say: tender cake!! I ´ve just made sure about it.
Hope that helps

25 Feb 2011     

United Kingdom

My mother-in-law was a great baker and she always used to complement herself on her cakes which were very ´moist ´. (I must admit, I had to agree with her.)

25 Feb 2011     

United States

"moist" and "tender" are both words used to describe good baked goods. Use "moist" if the cake isn ´t dry. Use "tender" if it has a delicate texture (The opposite is "tough"). If you mix muffin batter too long, the resulting muffins will be tough.

25 Feb 2011     


sorry if I am bothering you but what  exactly is the difference between muffins and cupcakes I have always wondered.
Thanks and sorry Yolanda. Iam not giving an answer, instead a question.

25 Feb 2011     


Downunder we say it is either moist or dry. To us, ´tender ´ used in the context of cooking refers to meat.
Urpi,  a cupcake is sweet, small and decorated with icing, frosting or sprinkled icing sugar.  A muffin, on the other hand, is larger, sweet or savoury, and undecorated (meaning no icing, frosting or icing sugar though it may have a sprinkling of poppyseeds on top)

25 Feb 2011     

United States

We only use tender about meat. Moist for baking.  (just like Jayho said)

25 Feb 2011     


As the name suggests"Tender Flake Pastry", it is possible to say that baked goods are tender.  We can use moist and tender, flaky for pie sheets and other pastry and moist for cakes and loaves.  dt

25 Feb 2011     


Thanks for your help. I will never forget the word.


25 Feb 2011