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What to do with leftover cake

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Transform your leftover cakes into these clever creations

Don't let leftover cake go to waste. With a pinch of creativity, you can turn those sweet slices into tasty new treats. Discover how to use up leftover cake with these savvy ideas.

Storage tips:

To keep leftover cake moist and fresh, store for up to three days in an airtight container at room temperature. For longer preservation, wrap individual slices in plastic wrap.

Freezing tips:

Freeze leftover cake by wrapping slices in cling wrap, then foil, to enjoy later. Thaw at room temperature for a few hours before consuming.

White chocolate cake pops

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Cake pops

Leftover cake gets a fun makeover with cake pops, rum balls or truffles. Crumble the cake, mix with leftover frosting, form into balls, then dip in melted chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles for a festive touch. They’re perfect for gifting or as treats for any birthday celebration. These bite-sized delights promise to bring smiles all around and make perfect edible gift ideas.

Cherry & Raspberry Lamington Trifle

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Trifle

A classic solution for leftover cake, trifle layers cake pieces with custard, fruit and jelly for a decadent dessert. Get creative by mixing flavours and textures. Mini versions can be made into parfaits for elegant individual servings. Trifle is a fantastic way to use up not just cake but almost any dessert leftovers, like custard, fruit or cream, turning them into a luxurious and impressive pudding for entertaining with family and friends.

Rhubarb and orange donut pudding

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Bread and butter pudding

Transform leftover cake into a cosy bread and butter pudding. Ideal for denser cakes like banana bread or sponge cake, simply layer the cake slices, pour over a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla, then bake until golden. It’s a comforting dessert that breathes new life into your leftover cake, with each spoonful rich in flavour and nostalgia. You can also use up your leftover bread in these recipes.

Mud cake marshmallow cookies

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Cookies

Crumble leftover cake into your cookie dough for an unexpected twist. The cake pieces add moisture and unique flavours to your cookies, making them stand out from your traditional bickie. From picnic leftovers to uneaten birthday cake, repurpose any cake variety into these moreish treats. It’s a clever and tasty way to ensure every crumb is savoured.

Caramelised white choc tiramisu

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Cake base

Use cake scraps to create an innovative base for another cake. Layer crumbs at the bottom of a new batter before baking to add a surprise texture and flavour, or roll them into a cake roulade filled with leftover ice cream or buttercream. This method not only minimises waste but also elevates your dessert repertoire with minimal effort.

Air-fryer Hot-cross-bun Ice-cream Balls

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Ice cream

Elevate homemade or store-bought ice cream by mixing in leftover cake crumbs. The cake pieces add texture and flavour to each bite, making for an indulgent treat. You can also throw in additional toppings such as leftover fruit, dried fruits or nuts. Serve as a special after-dinner delight or enjoy during a movie night for a simple and snackable sweet treat.

Donut shake

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Cake shake

Take your smoothies to another level and blend leftover cake and fruit with milk to create a luxurious cake shake. This method works wonders with any cake type, including doughnuts or cookies. It’s the ideal  way to turn a few slices of leftover cake into a rich and creamy drink, perfect for satisfying those sweet cravings.

Chocolate Roulade

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Roulade

Reinvent your cake scraps by incorporating them into a roulade. Flatten cake pieces to form a base, then roll with a filling of your choice, such as buttercream or ice cream and leftover fruit. This inventive use of leftover cake offers a unique dessert experience, showcasing your creativity and even better, reducing waste.


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