fter my sister’s wedding, dozens of cake were stacked in our fridge. The amount of cake leftover can feed a whole village, if not more! I started thinking what could possibly be done to take advantage of these cakes. Then, I came up with a bunch of ideas to do with any cake leftover.
Before you start working on the cake, you have to remove all decorations and sugar fondant. Make sure there isn’t any sugar fondant left behind, it melts quickly and ruins any dish you attempted to do with the cake. Also, remove any fruits on top, especially the ones exposed to air for a period of time.
1- Ice-Cream Sandwich:
Ice-cream sandwich could be done with cakes or brownies. Cut two pieces of cake into the shape you like, and toast each side or you can just use it without toasting. Place one cake slice on the bottom, a scoop of ice-cream, and then another slice of cake. That’s it, how easy!
2- French Toast:
In case the cake is fully dried and lost all its moistness, dip it in egg and cinnamon batter. Then, cook on both sides in a hot pan until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low to prevent burning. Toast the cake before dipping in the egg mixture if the cake kept its freshness and moist. Also, don’t forget to remove the frosting and filing.
3- Cake/ Bread Pudding:
You can absolutely replace the bread in the regular pudding to cake, or you can keep both. I Love making cake pudding with blueberry, raspberry, chocolate chip and nuts. They add extra flavor to the pudding.
To make the pudding, remove any frosting or filling in the cake. Cut the cake into cubes and place it on a baking tray. Add any extra additions such as nuts or chocolate chip. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients together ( ¼ cup Milk, 2 eggs, 2tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and 1 tbsp of melted butter). Pour the wet mixture to the cake and bake at 150 °C for 50 minutes.
Tip: Use the wet measurements for every 3 cups of cake. Try to balance between wet ingredients and cake amount. The cake must be triple the liquids in order to prevent ending up with a soggy cake.
4- Pop Cakes:
This is the easiest thing you can do with a cake leftover; you don’t either have to remove the filling. In a food processor, blend the cake as it is with the filling in. Then, make small balls with your hands, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 15 minutes, at least. Prepare melted chocolate; dip the pop cakes individually in the chocolate (at this point you can cover them with chopped nuts or coconut flaks), and return to the freezer for another 15 minutes.
Tip: It’s preferred to use dark chocolate to balance the sweetness.
Adding a cake layer to tiramisu will make your dessert stands out! Using cake crumbles or a full layer will never make any difference, eventually, the cream will fix it together. Just clean out your cake from any additions before using. I like to add a layer of cake in between two layers of ladyfingers.
Cakes could be a great replacement for biscuit crust in cheesecakes. Also, you can add a layer of cake in case you want to keep the biscuit crust. I always bake chocolate cake whenever I plan to make cheesecake. I place a thin layer of the cake just after the biscuit crust; it adds rich flavor to the cheesecake, especially when I use Oreos in the crust.
7- Layered Desserts:
This is my game! There isn’t a specific recipe for layered desserts; you make your specials the way you want. You can create whatever you like, with the simplest ingredients available. Cake leftovers are a major ingredient in layered desserts. Try this out: in a food processor mix together ½ cup of whipping cream, 1 tbsp of instant coffee, 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, and ½ cup sugar. Blend them together until well combined. After that, place the cake on a deep serving tray and pour the mixture on top. Freeze the dessert for at least 3 hours.
Tip: if you have dozens of cake make many layers of the cake and cream mixture. Also, add some fruits such as raspberry or strawberry on top each cream layer.
Trifle is as simple and creative as layered desserts. It hasn’t a specific recipe, therefore you can play with the recipe the way you want. Think about your favorite flavors and stack them together in one big bowl. For me, I love salted caramel, with cinnamon cake crumbs, chocolate cake, walnuts, and drizzles of dark chocolate. I place them in the bowl casually, I make many random layers. Sometimes I serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, yummy.
9- Recreate a Cake:
With the cake you have, you can create another cake. Prepare a new frosting and filling, use your imagination to create a new cake with a different flavor. For instance, if you had a chocolate cake with chocolate filling and frosting, remove the frosting and keep the filling. Separate each layer and add huge chocolate chip cookie dough in between the cake layers. Make the cake naked and decorate with cookies, salted caramel, and melted chocolate.
Cakes and brownies go along very well. You can cut the cake into little cubes and throw them in a brownie batter right before baking. This will make your brownies fluffy and soft.
11- Fried Cake:
Dry cakes are perfect for frying. Once they are in the hot oil, they will retrieve their moistness. You can deep fry dry cakes, or fry them in a pan with a few tbsp of oil in case the cake still moist. When they are done frying, coat them with cinnamon sugar. Serve it with a scoop of ice-cream, delicious!