Thanks to all for the suggestions and help. The cake turned out perfectly! The syrup coated the spoon, but did not cling and I used a wooden skewer to poke the cake as the syrup soaked in.
Now for question #2! Could this cake be tightly wrapped and frozen for about a month? My husband wants another one for his birthday on the 31st of January, but I don't need an entire cake calling to me from the kitchen!