Instead of tossing out leftover cake scraps or discarding a stale dessert, consider turning it into something new and delicious! With some imagination, a little elbow grease and this guide, you’ll be able to reuse your leftover cake in fresh and yummy ways.
Mix them with Brownies
When the desire to make a batch of brownies comes up, add some diced or crumbled bits of leftover cake into the mix. Fold them into the batter before pouring it into a baking dish and popping them in the oven.
Create a Pie Crust
You can use a variety of baking scraps when you’re making a crumb crust, so grab your leftover cake and get started! Just crumble up the cake into tiny pieces and put them in the oven to toast up a bit. Next, you’ll add some melted butter, press it into a pie pan and there you have it, a cake crust for your pie.
Make a Trifle
When in doubt, make a trifle! An English dessert that’s perfect for leftover cake, a trifle consists of several layers of cake crumbles neatly stacked together with fruit and custard in between. You can add whatever else you like, as long as your cake is a bit dried out, that’ll allow it to absorb the juices from the other ingredients without getting too soggy.
Make a Cake-Shake
Rather than making a boring old milkshake, toss some cake, frosting, ice cream and cream into a blender. The end result will be a creamy and delicious cake milkshake that will bring you back to your childhood.
French Toast, But with Cake
You don’t need toast to make french toast! Instead of dipping a piece of bread into an egg batter mixture, use some leftover cake. Whether you want to make them the size of a slice of bread or cut them into strips, it’s up to you. Once you’ve coated your slices, through them on a griddle and toast them up until the edges are crisp.
This is probably one of the most common ways to reuse leftover cake scraps. It’s also one of the cutest ways, perfect for a quick snack. Just crumble up the cake and mix in some buttercream or cream cheese icing before shaping a handful into a small ball. Dip them in icing or chocolate to seal in the moisture and pop them in the freezer.
Inspired by the classic bread pudding dessert, this is sure to be one of your new favourite recipes. All you need to do is cover the bottom of a greased up baking dish with your leftover cake scraps. Then you’ll cover it with the traditional mixture of eggs, milk, sugars and whatever else your heart desires.
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