10 Easy Leftover Cake Recipes

Do you remember that time when you made that enormous, mouthwatering cake for your party, only to find yourself left with more slices than you could possibly eat?

Or perhaps you’ve indulged in a late-night baking spree and ended up with a delicious but excessive dessert.

Well, I’ve been there too. In fact, just last month, I found myself staring at half a red velvet cake, wondering what on earth I could do with it.

That’s when I decided to get creative and started experimenting with fun and inventive ways to repurpose leftover cake.


One of my favorite ways to use leftover cake is to make scrumptious cake truffles.

Just mix your cake crumbs with frosting or cream cheese, form balls, and dip them in melted chocolate.

This recipe is perfect for a quick dessert, a birthday party, or even as a food gift.

It’s also a fantastic activity to do with kids, as they’ll enjoy rolling the cake balls, dipping them in chocolate, and decorating with sprinkles.

Customize the truffles by using different binding agents like cream cheese, ganache, or buttercream, and dip them in white, milk, or dark chocolate.

The result?

Divine melt-in-your-mouth treats are perfect for sharing or indulging in yourself.

These truffles can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

2. Easy Leftover Cake Bread Pudding Recipe

Transform your leftover cake into a warm, comforting dessert by making a cake bread pudding.

Make sure to use stale cake and thaw it if frozen.

Combine the cake with a custard mixture made from milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and flavorings like vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Add toasted pecans and dried cranberries for a classic bread pudding twist.

Bake the mixture and top it with a brown sugar caramel sauce for an irresistible finish.

This dessert is perfect for using leftover cake or broken cakes, and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for 3-4 months.

Reheat and enjoy with a scoop of ice cream for a delectable

3. Cake Parfaits

Layer leftover cake with whipped cream, fruit, and your favorite toppings to create a stunning and delicious cake parfait.

The beauty of this dessert is its flexibility, allowing you to mix and match flavors and textures to your liking.

Serve in a tall glass or mason jar for a visually appealing and delicious presentation.

4. Cake Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream?

Up your homemade ice cream game by adding crumbled cake pieces to the mix.

The cake pieces add incredible flavor and texture to the ice cream, making it an unforgettable treat.

For a unique dessert, experiment with different cake and ice cream flavors.

5. Chocolate Cake Shake

When you’re craving a cold, sweet treat, try blending your leftover cake into a thick, creamy milkshake.

Inspired by Portillo’s in Chicago, this recipe calls for just three simple ingredients: chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, and milk.

Blend the ingredients together, adjusting the consistency with milk to your liking.

Top with whipped cream, a cherry, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce for the perfect finish.

6. Cake Popcorn

Try coating popcorn with crumbled cake crumbs and melted chocolate or candy coating for a fun and unique snack.

The sweet and salty combination is truly addictive, and the pop of color from the cake adds a playful touch.

This whimsical treat is perfect for movie nights, parties, or even as a gift for friends and family.

7. Pound Cake French Toast

Give your morning French toast a tasty twist by using leftover cake slices instead of bread.

This creative recipe transforms day-old pound cake into a delicious pound cake French toast breakfast.

Pound cake, known for its dense texture, is ideal for making French toast because it absorbs the egg and milk mixture without falling apart.

Make French toast by slicing the pound cake, dipping it in the egg mixture, and cooking it in a skillet or on an electric griddle.

Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup for a breakfast that’s as delicious as it is unexpected.

8. Cake Crumb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Turn these crumbs into delicious cake-like chocolate chip cookies.

These easy-to-make cookies are perfect for a quick treat, and you can even customize them by adding peanuts or other mix-ins.

Just grab an ice cream scoop for even-sized cookies, and enjoy the perfect blend of cake and cookie in every bite.

9. Chocolate Mousse Dessert

After hosting a birthday party, I found myself with leftover angel food cake, including regular and gluten-free varieties.

Instead of letting it go to waste, I decided to turn the leftovers into delicious desserts using this recipe.

The freshness and flavor of the angel food cake combined with the rich chocolate mousse creates a memorable experience.

This dessert is perfect for using up leftover cake while providing a delightful treat.

10. Dark Chocolate Fondue Bar

Imagine a rich, smooth, dark chocolate perfect for dipping fruit and other sweet and savory treats.

This fondue is super easy to make with just five ingredients: chocolate, cream, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and a splash of Kahlua for a hint of coffee.

And the best thing?

You can mix it up with your choice of liqueurs, flavored extracts, and spices like nutmeg, cardamom, or allspice.

Oh, and don’t forget the salty options like pretzel sticks and potato chips!

If you have a long-forgotten fondue pot, dust it off and make your own Dark Chocolate Fondue Bar-you won’t regret it!


Whether you’re whipping up an indulgent cake milkshake or a cozy cake bread pudding, you’ll never look at leftover cake the same way again.

And, as it turns out, that red velvet cake I mentioned earlier?

It became the star ingredient in some of the most delicious cake truffles I’ve ever tasted.