Waste No More: Discover 6 Ideas to Recycle Cake Scraps

All that delicious material deserves more in life.
Oct 21, 2015
Nina L. Palmer

Have you ever felt sad when the cake you baked with so much love results in some leftover scraps that you have to toss away? The causes can be endless: Kids don’t like our “new terrific pumpkin spice mix”, we were optimistic and made a batch that is too large, the cake is so dry you cannot serve it to your guests… The end result is leftover cake and cupcakes that get just thrown out when they are going stale. But wait! All that scrumptious cake material doesn’t have to go to waste! Scroll down to discover six delicious ideas to recycle cake scraps.

1. Cake Parfait Cups
Create individual parfaits using layers of leftover cake crumbs, pudding, yogurt, ice cream, fruit, chocolate chips, cereals or anything else you have in your pantry. Use glasses or clear containers to layer the cake crumbles and your other add-ins for an easy dessert that’s resourceful, beautiful and delicious, of course. For a crunchier touch, you can dry up your cake scraps in the oven for a few minutes and crumble them by hand or in a blender.

2. Crunchy cake and ice cream topping
Get a beautiful look by frosting your cake as usual with your favorite mix of butter cream or ganache, and then covering the whole thing in a thin layer of cake crumbs. You can also bake cake crumbs in the oven on a cookie sheet and fold them into softened ice cream.

3. Cake Pops
Kids just love these small bites! Put any cake scraps you have in a blender, mix the cake crumbs with frosting and form into small balls. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let the balls sit in the freezer for about 35 minutes. After they’ve set, get your lollipop sticks and melted frosting ready. Just dip the end of the stick into the frosting, then pick the cake ball with the stick and dunk into the icing so it’s fully coated. We encourage you to add sprinkles or any other kind of glittery toppings. Use a block of foam to maintain the cake pops in vertical position.

4. Pie Crust
You can make your own signature pie crust with leftover cake scraps. Crumble up the leftover cake, toast up the crumbs in the oven, mix with softened butter and press down into the bottom of a pie pan. Blind bake for about 10 minutes at 350°F (180°C) and then proceed with your favorite filling.

5. Cake Bread Pudding
A classic bread pudding recipe is always a keeper. Start by covering the bottom of a buttered baking dish in cubes of almost-stale leftovers cake. Then cover with a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar and whatever add-ins you like. Use a spatula to press the cake down and make sure it all gets soaked in the liquid. Next, bake at 350°F (180°C) for around 35 minutes. Hint: use a muffin pan!

6. Cake Shake
This is our new favorite for sure! Take any leftover cake scraps and toss them into a blender or food processor with ice cream and milk for a delicious cake milkshake to enjoy on the go.

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