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3 easy ways to use a failed cake / cake offcuts / leftover cake - Recipe & Video

There are many reasons why you may end up with left over cake. Maybe you've just finished decorating a cake and you have all these cake off cuts, or maybe your cake just didn't turn out as moist and delicious as you expected. Well guess what, you can still turn your cake into delicious and beautiful desserts so that it doesn't go to waste!

The best thing about these desserts is that they're all so versatile, so you can change up the different elements based on what you like or what you have lying around at home.

You can find the recipes to all three of these desserts below, but if you'd like to watch how these desserts come together, check out my YouTube video here!

YouTube video on 3 easy ways to use your leftover cake!

1 - Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are my favourite dessert to create out of leftover cake! They're so delicious and decadent, and are a real treat after a long hard day.


- 180g 50% dark chocolate

- 180ml of heavy cream

- 2 cups of cake off cuts/leftover cake (I used chocolate, but you can use whatever you have)

- 200g of melted milk chocolate (you can use dark, or white chocolate too)


1) First make the chocolate ganache by gently melting the dark chocolate and heavy cream together by placing them in a heat proof bowl and melting in the microwave for 20 second bursts, mixing in between each burst. Once it is completely melted, set aside and let it cool for about 30 minutes.

2) Break up the cake into smaller pieces using your fingers, until they resemble crumbs.

3) Pour the ganache into the cake crumbs and mix together until well combined.

4) Use your hands to create ball shapes and place on a wire rack with a tray underneath.

5) Pour melted chocolate over the balls until completely covered.

6) Let the truffles set in the fridge for about an hour for the chocolate to become firm.

7) Dust with icing sugar and gently remove from the wire rack. You can use a knife to help release the balls from the rack if needed.

2 - Trifle Cups

Who doesn't love a delicious trifle! Trifle is so great, because it is such an easy dessert to make that has that homely warm feeling with every bite.


For this list of ingredients, I am not putting an exact measurement as you may want to adjust the quantities of the different ingredients, or make more or less based on how much cake left overs you have. There's no real science behind making a trifle, so I've just listed the individual ingredients below with the method I used underneath :)

- Left over cake

- Canned fruit

- Custard

- Whipped cream

- Toppings of your choice (I used freeze dried raspberries and a mint leaf).

- Glass jars/cups/bowls (whatever you'd like to fill them in really!)


1) Crumble up the cake into smaller pieces (not too small) and place at the bottom of the jar. Push the cake down gently.

2) Soak the cake using the syrup from the canned fruit. If you're making it in a jar like in the picture above, then about 2 tablespoons of syrup per jar will work well.

3) Place the canned fruit on top of the cake.

4) Place the custard on top of the fruit

5) Place the whipped cream on top of the custard.

6) Garnish with whatever you like, in this case I used freeze dried fruit and a mint leaf.

3 - Crunchy Topping

Another really great way to use your leftover cake is to turn it into a crunchy topping that you can place on top of any dessert you like - or even eat them like that! The great thing about this option, is that you can store the crunchy cake away in an airtight container for a couple of weeks, and it'll stay just as crunchy, ready to use when you need!


- Left over cake


1) Crumble up the left over cake into small pieces on a baking tray that has baking paper/parchment paper on it.

2) Put it in the oven at 120 degrees celcius for about 25 minutes or until crunchy to the touch.

3) Let the crunchy cake pieces cool before placing onto your dessert of choice (I chose ice cream!).

If you do try this any of these desserts out or have any questions, then please leave me a comment below! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Also, I'd love to see pictures, so don't forget to tag me on Instagram @cakesbymk.nz :)


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