12 Incredible Uses for Leftover Cake

Unless you store your cake properly, that sweet will go stale. It can feel like a tragedy, but don’t despair: with a little imagination, you can transform even the most dried-out slices into something awesome and delicious.

1. Cake Pops

Cake Pop Dough

It probably goes without saying, but cake pops are the cutest possible use for leftover cake. Just crumble the cake, combine with buttercream or cream cheese frosting and squeeze until squishy. Shape into little balls, then coat with candy melts or melted chocolate to lock in all that newly-made moisture.

2. Cake French toast

French toast will save your leftover cake just like it saves your day-old bread. Make an egg batter, coat the cake slices, then griddle until toasty on the edges.

3. Ice Cream Mix-Ins

Fold cake crumbles into softened ice cream, and you’ve got the sweetest DIY dessert. Or you can keep it simple and spoon those crumbs on top of a scoop and dig in.

4. Cake Shakes

Over the Top Milkshake

Crumble stale cake, frosting and all, then throw it into a blender with a couple scoops of ice cream and milk. It’ll taste just like your childhood birthday parties.

5. Trifle

This English dessert was made for leftover cake, as it soaks up fruit juices and custard like a dream. To make a trifle, layer cake crumbles with fruit, custard and whatever other ingredients go well with the flavor of your cake.

6. Grilled Cake

When served with ice cream or fresh fruit, it’s a genius move to warm up leftover cake on the grill. Just like toasting stale bread, it’ll help bring out the flavor. Sturdy cakes, like pound cake, work best, but you can grill any cake by setting it on top of foil first.

7. Not-Bread Puddings

Bread Pudding

It’s like bread pudding, but not. Substitute any type of cake — from leftover coffee cake to chiffon — for bread in your favorite recipe, then bake as normal.

8. Crumbled-Cake Pie Crusts

Use cake crumbles instead of cookie crumbs in any cookie pie crust recipe. Yeah, it’s that easy.

9. Deep-Fried Cake Snacks

Ask anyone who has ever attended a state fair: deep-frying makes everything taste good. Coating cake chunks in batter adds moisture and crunch, and once you fry it you get a wow-worthy dessert the whole fam will love munching on.

10. Brownie Mix-Ins

Brownies

The next time you’re making brownies, fold some finely diced or crumbled leftover cake into your better. It’ll add a subtle note of texture to your dessert while using up that dried cake.

11. Charlotte

A charlotte is a dignified retro dessert in which ladyfingers line a pan of mousse or custard topped with fruit. Sound yummy? Substitute slivers of leftover cake for the ladyfingers and voila — a reimagined dessert that tastes just as delicious as the classic.

12. Cake Crumb Cookies

Touted as a way to recycle pieces of wedding cake, cake crumb cookies employ crumbled cake as the base of a dough for crunchy, delicious cookies.

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