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What to Do With Leftover Cake: 12 Delicious Ideas

These tips for how to use up cake are delicious and totally easy to accomplish.

Updated November 13, 2019
What to Do With Leftover Cake

Some of you might be thinking, "There's no such thing as leftover cake!"

And while we agree that finishing off a whole dessert is always tempting, sometimes there really is too much cake to eat at once. If you've recently hosted a party or the holidays, or you've just been on a baking spree, you might find yourself with more cake than you can eat before it goes bad.

The good news it that we have solutions! There are lots of things you can do with cake to transform it into something new. You can blend it into ice cream concoctions, make cake balls, and even throw it on the grill! These ideas for using up cake will appeal to a variety of tastes, and one is sure to be the perfect fit for you.

Plus, if you're just looking for a way to preseve your cake before it goes bad, we found some of the best tips on the internet for freezing your leftover cake. Sometimes you know you'll want the cake in a few weeks, but you just don't have time to eat it right now. Freezing leftover cake for later is the perfect solution. And it's easier than you might think!

1. Make Cake Shakes

We're pretty sure that the world is a better place because of cake shakes. Who can resist this magical combination of desserts? Chocolate lovers especially will rejoice with this recipe, as we're sharing this Portillo's Chocolate Cake Shake recipe from our friends at AllFreeCopyCatRecipes.com. This cake shake is a delicious solution for leftover chocolate cake. You will love ultra chocolatey flavor and the creamy texture of this dessert.

Plus, no one will notice that your slice of cake got slightly dry in the fridge once it's doused in chocolate ice cream.

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Portillo's Chocolate Cake Shake

2. Make Leftover Cake Balls

What better way to use up leftover cake than to mix it with frosting and cover it in chocolate? You can use any recipe for cake balls (or cake truffles) that you like, but we particularly like this one from our test kitchen. Instead of baking a fresh cake, as the recipe suggests, simply use the leftover cake that you have on hand. If you only have a few slices of cake left, rather than an entire cake, be sure to adjust the amount of frosting down. Also adjust it down a bit if your cake already has some frosting on it!

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Cake balls, a dessert you can make with leftover cake

3. Make Leftover Cake Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a great way to use up leftover bread. Why not use up leftover cake using this method too? Leftover cake bread pudding works best with less delicate cakes. Think pound cake, fruit cake, or richer carrot cakes. You don't want your cake to disintegrate completely when you add the milk, sugar, and eggs.

Get started by giving this delicious Fruit Cake Bread Pudding a try!

4. Garnish Drinks with Leftover Cake

Rich, chocolaty dessert drinks are popular for a reason. They're basically like a slice of cake in a glass! So, it only makes sense to garnish drinks like this with a little bit of cake. Try crumbling up your leftover cake, spreading a thin layer of frosting around the rim of your glass, and then dipping the glass in the cake crumbs. You'll get a little "bite" of cake in every sip of your drink! This works great for recipes like this chocolate martini, but it's also a fun way to serve hot chocolate.

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Chocolate Martini

5. Make "Dirt" Pie

This is one of our favorite ways to use up leftover chocolate cake! Dirt pie will take you on a trip back in time, but we're here to tell you that it does taste as good as you remember it. Crumbled chocolate cake can easily take the place of Oreo cookie crumbles in this recipe, leading to a pillow-soft chocolate dessert that everyone will swoon over.

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Oreo Dirt Pie

6. Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

This idea is almost too cute to eat (but not quite)! Ice cream cone cupcakes are a bit of an optical illusion. They are usually made by placing cupcakes in ice cream cones. A dollop of frosting on top acts as the "ice cream!" However, this dessert can easily be made with leftover cake. Simply cut a circular slice of cake and pop it into the ice cream cone. Top with your favorite frosting, and you've got a super fun snack that everyone will admire.

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

7. Make Leftover Cake Brownies

You've heard of twice baked potatoes, right? Well, these are bit like twice baked brownies. You can actually mix up leftover cake crumbs with brownie batter ingredients, bake until gooey, and enjoy your leftover cake as brownies!

See How It's Done Here!

8. Make Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake isn't just ice cream, after all. You need some delicious cake in order to make it! Use some of your leftovers to create perfect layers in your favorite ice cream cake recipe. This version uses vanilla cake in order to make the inside look like a pint of Neapolitan ice cream. It's the perfect solution when you're wondering what to do with leftover cake.

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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

9. Make a Trifle

This is another recipe that's great for cake that's a day or two old. A little staleness will be easily disguised by the layers of velvety pudding and decadent whipped topping. The half cup of Bailey's Irish Cream in this recipe certainly doesn't hurt, either!

We love this chocolate trifle, but you could easily make other versions with other flavor combinations. Consider vanilla sponge cake with whipped cream and cherry topping or strawberry cake with banana pudding and chocolate sauce. The possibilities are endless!

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Easy Chocolate Trifle

10. Make Ice Cream Topping

Get ready for your most gourmet ice cream sundae ever! It's a piece of cake (sorry) to turn leftover cake into a sweet, crunchy topping that is perfect for ice cream. Add it to your favorite ice cream concotion. You'll be very glad you did.

Learn how to make cake ice cream topping here!

11. Grill the Leftover Cake

Grilling probably isn't the first thing you think of when it comes to cake, but we give it two thumbs up! This is a great way to use up leftover pound cake because pound cake will stand up well to grilling (i.e. it won't crumble when you put it on the grill). A dollop of whipped topping will turn your leftovers into dessert heaven!

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Grilled Pound Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Blueberries

12. Bonus Tip! Freeze the Cake for Later

If you have more cake than you know what to do with, freezing it can be a great option. You can freeze whole cake, and you can also just freeze a slice or two. Slicing a cake before you freeze it can be especially convenient. That way, you can defrost the cake one slice at a time. Talk about a delicious mid-week treat!

Here are a couple of great resources for freezing cake --

How do you use up leftover cake? Tell us about your brilliant ideas in the comments!

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