Ever wondered what to do with leftover cake? Use cake scraps and crumbs to make leftover cake recipes like cake pops, cake shakes, & truffles.
The celebration is over. Your family has eaten their fill of cake. So now what? Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover cake?
No need to worry. This post has tons of ingenious ways to use leftover cake scraps. Get ideas for delicious recipes using cake scraps and crumbs with and without leftover frosting.
What are the best recipes for leftover cake scraps? Make bread pudding, cake pops, a shake, or French toast. You can also crumble it and use it as a topping for cobblers.
But in case you don't want to indulge right away, you can freeze leftover cake in a freezer bag or airtight container.
Check out all these creative ideas and discover your new favorite way to use leftover scraps of cake.
You may also be interested in creative recipes for leftover chocolate chip cookies.
Bread pudding is a great option when you have stale cake. Unfrosted cake, like pound cake, works best with this recipe. Instead of stale bread, use dry cake.
Cut the cake into small pieces. Then mix nuts, dried fruit, and coconut flakes into the cake cubes. Finally, stir in a warm brown sugar sauce before baking the delicious treat.
You will be in heaven when you serve the pudding warm with a couple scoops of ice cream on
Cake pops are a fun snack. Bite-sized and perfect for Valentines' Day, birthday parties, and baby showers. Making cake pops is a great way to use leftover cake crumbs.
Mix the cake crumbs and a little frosting together in a large bowl. Form small balls with the moist mixture. Then dip the end of a cake pop stick into melted chocolate. Finally, attach each ball to the end of the stick.
Now the fun begins. Dip the cake pops into candy melts, let them dry, and then decorate. Fondant, chocolate, and sprinkles are creative ways to make fun cake pop designs.
Who says you have to use vanilla wafers to make banana pudding? Not me. Leftover vanilla cake makes a better layer than crumbled cookies.
Make the crumbs in a food processor with room temperature cake. A food processor makes the job quick and easy.
To assemble the dessert, spread a thin layer of cake crumbs at the bottom of a serving bowl. Layer on banana slices and top with vanilla pudding. Then repeat all the layers one more time.
Everyone will love this version of banana pudding. Or try strawberry cake to make strawberry banana pudding.
Making brownies is another delicious way to use up leftover slices of cake. This recipe is perfect for using leftover cake trimmings from any shaped cake you may have carved. Try chocolate cake crumbs to get incredible ultra-fudgy brownies.
The best news is you can mix up the whole recipe in a food processor. Give it a try. You will love the delicious new dessert you created.
Trifle is an English dessert often made with ladyfingers. However, you can make it with extra cake scraps, which taste better than lady finger cookies (in my opinion). This is a fun dessert to make in cake parfait cups.
Cut leftover cake pieces into rectangles or squares to make individual parfaits. Add a layer of cake to each cup. Then spoon on lemon curd and top the curd with fresh raspberries.
Pipe on some whipped cream and drizzle with raspberry sauce to make the dessert a little fancier. The end result will be individual servings of a delightful dessert, perfect for any dinner party.
When your pile of leftover cake crumbles gets large, use the crumbs to make soft cake crumb cookies. Make chocolate chip cookies with yellow cake crumbs and chocolate chips. Or use red velvet crumbs with white chocolate chips.
When you bake the cookies, use a cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
Milkshakes are one of the best leftover cake recipes because you can use frosted cake. Cake shakes come together with only three ingredients -- ice cream, cake, and milk.
Want to make your shake even fancier? Spread a little bit of extra frosting around the rim of a couple of mason jars.
Then roll the frosting edges in rainbow sprinkles. Pour the shake into the mason jar and top with whipped cream and a few extra cake crumbs.
Serve with colorful straws and a spoon. You will need a spoon because this shake is thick and creamy.
Another way to recycle beautiful cakes is to make cake balls. Cake balls are made with cake crumbs and frosting, just like cake pops. However, cake bites aren't attached to a
This is good news if you struggle to keep your cake pop from falling off the stick.
Make cake balls by mixing cake crumbs and cream cheese frosting. Roll small balls from the cake mixture and chill them to hold their shape. Using cream cheese frosting is best because it will harden when refrigerated. This can keep the balls from crumbling.
Dip the balls in melted couverture chocolate or candy melts. Then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry.
Cooking French toast with scraps may be a great solution if you baked a whole cake that was a disaster. Maybe the cake sunk in the middle, you overcooked it, or you left out an important ingredient.
Don't toss the cake. Instead, cut it into rectangles, dip the pieces into an egg mixture, and cook. Top the French toast with whipped cream and fresh fruit (like strawberries or raspberries) for a great start to your day.
Skip the graham crackers. Use your leftover cake tops to make a crust for your next no-bake pie. Make the pie crust the same way you would make graham cracker crust.
Crumble the cake and mix the crumbs with melted butter. Press the mixture into a pie pan and bake it for 5 minutes to help it set.
After the crust cools, it is ready for a no-bake pie filling. Cherry cream cheese pie is a fantastic recipe to use with cake crumb pie crust.
See the "Variations" section of the cherry pie recipe for instructions on how to make a no-bake cherry pie with cake crumb pie crust.
Using leftover cake to make an ice cream topping is a great idea when you only have a few cake remains. You don't need to worry about having enough crumbs to complete a recipe. Just use whatever little cake scraps you have.
You can use frosted or unfrosted cake crumbs, although I prefer frosted cake crumbs. Hand crumble the cake and spread the crumbles on a cookie sheet. Different-sized pieces are just fine.
Freeze the crumbs on the cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour. (This is the home chef's way of flash-freezing.) Then pour the crumbs into a freezer-safe bag or container and return it to the freezer. The crumbs are ready to use.
Scoop the crumbs out of the container to top your ice cream. If you want to use the crumbs as a mix-in, stir them into softened ice cream by hand. Don't just pour them into an ice cream maker, or you may end up with a gummy mess.
Cake croutons are an excellent solution when you don't have much cake left over. Use the croutons to garnish an ice cream sundae or banana split.
As a general rule, unfrosted cake works best for croutons. If your leftovers are frosted, scrape the frosting off before cutting the pieces into cubes.
Toss the cake cubes with cinnamon and sugar and bake in the oven until lightly golden. Cool them, and they are ready for use.
Petit fours are small, bite-sized cakes covered in fondant, ganache, or cooked icing. As any pastry chef will tell you, they can be tedious to make. Each tiny piece is filled,
layered, and decorated.
However, if you have scraps of cake and extra ingredients left over (like filling and icing), you can make a few petit fours for dessert.
Use a small cookie cutter to cut the cake pieces into shapes. Spread the filling on the bottom cake layer and then put the second piece on top. Repeat this process until you have used all your scraps.
You can decorate each petit four with leftover vanilla frosting, which can take a long time. But an easier way to cover the pieces is by pouring ganache over the tiny cakes.
Give it a try. You may be surprised at how tasty these delicious cake appetizers are.
Are you looking for a unique dessert to serve after dinner? Why not make a delicious dessert skewer with leftover cake cubes, berries, and marshmallows.
Cut any remaining cake chunks into 1-inch cubes. Then wash and dry fresh strawberries, raspberries, or pitted cherries. Let the assembly begin.
Spear all these ingredients onto a wooden skewer in any order you choose. Fill the stick until it is ¾ full.
If you want to take this dessert up a notch, melt white chocolate in the microwave and drizzle it over the skewer before serving.
When you need dippable foods to serve with a fondue or chocolate fountain, pull out your frozen supply of cake scraps.
Cut the cake into cubes or rectangles large enough to dip in the melted chocolate.
Making truffles is one of my favorite things to do with leftover cake. And leftover chocolate cake truffles are the best.
Mainly because you only need three ingredients. Cake crumbs, cream cheese frosting, and dipping chocolate.
Note: If you don't want your truffles to be too sweet, use plain cream cheese instead of frosting.
Make cheesecake when you need a simple crust with recycled cake scraps. Melted butter and cake crumbs are all you need for this easy crust.
Substitute lemon cake scraps (in place of graham crackers) to make the crust for this dessert. This recipe will keep you coming back for seconds.
Recycle your cake pieces into muffins for an early morning treat to start the day off right. Stir in fruit, shredded zucchini, or carrots for a nutritious treat.
Give it a try. Cake muffins for breakfast may be your new favorite way to start the day.
If you have a regular cake, make a milkshake. But if you made a fresh cake with protein powder, transform the remains into a protein smoothie.
Yogurt, milk, cake pieces, and fruit. Easy ingredients, delicious smoothie.
Use leftovers from a low-sugar cake made with protein powder for the smoothie.
This is an easy recipe to throw together with recycled cake as long as you have time to chill the dessert overnight before cutting it.
Cake crumbs, liquid, and a binder make the base. Roll, fill, and chill for another way to use leftover cake.
Don't settle for plain, boring Rice Krispies treats. Stir in your leftover birthday cake crumbs to take the dessert to a whole new level.
Use any flavor of cake crumbs. Or even mix different cake crumb flavors if you have several chunks of cake scraps in your freezer.
Drizzle some melted chocolate on the squares and sprinkle with rainbow confetti. Voila! A whole new dessert to surprise your family with.
Forget rolling your ice cream balls in cornflakes before frying. Roll them in leftover cake crumbs instead.
It's an easy way to use cake remnants and makes a delicious treat. After all, cake and ice cream are a fantastic pairing.
Apple brown Betty is a sliced apple dessert usually topped with buttered breadcrumbs. However, breadcrumbs can easily be swapped out for cake crumbs. This is welcome news when your freezer is overflowing with cake scraps.
You will love how easy it is to exchange cake crumbs for breadcrumbs. That is the only trade you need to make in this traditional recipe.
One of the easiest ways to reuse cake scraps is by making them into ice cream sandwiches. Either cut the cake pieces into rectangles OR use a cookie cutter to cut your desired shape.
Thin, leftover pieces of cake are the best choice for a more authentic ice cream sandwich feel.
Spread softened ice cream on the bottom cake piece and then top the ice cream with another cake piece. Freeze the sandwich for at least one hour before serving it.
Substitute cake pieces for the cookie bars in this recipe.
Use leftover chocolate cake when you need a quick, easy dessert for a bunch of silly boys. Yep! I'm talking dirt and worms.
Skip the Oreos usually used in this recipe. Instead, crumble up chocolate cake in a food processor and stir in melted butter. Now you are ready for any "dirt" dessert.
Place a scoop of chocolate pudding in the bottom of a plastic cup. Then fill it with the chocolate "dirt." Finally, dig a couple of holes for the gummy worms.
Now you are ready for any Cub Scout, soccer team, or birthday party treats.
Are you making a beach cake? A mermaid cupcake? Do you need dirt for your dump truck cake? Use small crumbs from leftover cupcakes or cake to make edible sand.
Dry out cake crumbs in the oven on a low temperature. Then crumble the cool crumbs. This is a better way of making sand than using brown sugar. The crumbs have a nice texture and are easier to work with than brown sugar.
When you crave lemon on lemon, make lemon bars with leftover lemon cake.
Substitute cake crumbs for the cookie crumbs in the recipe to make the crust. Melt some butter and mix it with the cake crumbles. Then press the crust into the pan and bake for about 10 minutes.
Top with lemon filling and bake again for about 20 minutes. Nothing better than lemony bars made with recycled cake.
Forget the streusel topping the next time you bake sweet potato souffle. Use leftover cake crumbs instead.
Sweet potato souffle is the perfect holiday dish, but it also makes any dinner just a little better. There is no better side dish than this hearty, sweet recipe.
When you use leftover cake crumbs, it makes the recipe even tastier. Yellow cake is best, but vanilla or spice cake crumbs are fantastic options too. Just substitute the cake crumbs for the crumb topping in the recipe.
A cookie crumb crust is a marvelous crust for tarts. But today, let's skip the cookies and use leftover cake crumbs for the crust.
Cake crumbs plus melted butter are your ingredients. Mix and press them into a pie pan. Bake for 5 minutes, and your crust is done. Pour the tart filling in and chill.
Your new dessert awaits.
Leftover angel food cake makes the best French toast casserole. With cake cubes on the bottom and an egg/cream/sugar syrup baked on top, you will have a new reason to get up in the morning.
Best of all, you can top the casserole with whipped cream and your favorite fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are all tasty choices.
A fruit crumble is one of the easiest desserts to throw together. And one ingenious way to use up cake crumbs.
Sliced peaches in a sweet syrup with chunks of cake crumbs and butter thrown on top. Bake and serve with ice cream. This dessert will leave you drooling.
Substitute cake crumbs for the topping in the recipe.
Leftover pound cake is shaped perfectly to be sandwich bread. And what better sandwich to make with sweet cake than a Nutella banana sandwich.
An open-faced sandwich is the best. Serve it with soup for a dinner your family will beg for.
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