Do you ever have a ton of birthday cake leftover after a party? I always do. And we
almost always end up throwing some of it away.
But there are a few things you can do with it.
Keep it on an plate with the awkward plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Eat from it for the next several days until you can’t stand to hear the word “frosting.”
You could wrap the the whole thing in plastic wrap, then freeze it. But if you don’t wrap it properly, ice crystals will form on the cake and it won’t be nearly as good-basically it will still end up in the trash, just months later.
If you have a food saver, you could use that on the cake. But be sure to freeze the cake first, then put it in a food saver bag to vacuum all the air out. If you don’t freeze the cake first, the vacuum will squish your cake…I’ve seen it done with bread.
Lucky for you, it’s super easy!
Put the cake in a bowl. Scrape off some of the frosting, maybe about a third of it, and keep it handy.
(Side note-if you have a Costco cake, I would suggest scraping off a lot of the frosting. I personally would scrape out the center and any decoration on top. Start with a little bit of frosting, then you can always add more.)
Mix up the cake and frosting with a fork until it’s completely combined.[Tweet “Don’t throw away your leftover cake, turn it into delicious cake balls! So simple!”]
Taste it to see if you like the consistency and flavor. If it needs more frosting, add some, then mix again. Repeat above until the taste is just right.
From here, you have several options. Once they’ve been in the freezer for a bit, you can put them in a container and store them in the freezer.
Or you could put a stick in them and dip them in melted chocolate (or chocolate melts…but we all know how I feel about those…).
You can get really creative with this one. Add sprinkles, make a fun design with the chocolate, anything you can think of. I can almost guarantee the kiddos would get a kick out of helping with this step.
Now, to be honest, these cake balls are my preferred dessert to have at my kids’ parties instead of an actual cake because I think they’re the perfect portion size for young kids. And it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if they somehow sneaked a second one.
For my daughter’s third birthday, I made cake balls from cake that would have otherwise gone in the trash. So in that case, I got creative with potential waste. Click on the picture below to see what I mean. You can also see my major “Pinterest Fail” that went along with said cake…
If you have anything you like to make with leftover cake, please share in the comments!