How to use leftover cake scraps

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How to use leftover cake scraps
Festive Cake Truffles

If you bake cakes and level them to ensure you have a flat surface on top, you're often left with cake scraps that usually end up in the garbage. But don't throw away those cake crumbs -- turn them into tasty cake "truffles" that no one can resist!

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Things you need

  • a baked cake or cake scraps
  • liquid flavouring such as coffee creamer, flavoured syrup, etc.
  • dipping chocolate (candy melts or almond bark, white or milk chocolate)
  • sprinkles or coloured candy melts to decorate
  • waxed paper
  • shortening
  • fork or candy dipping tool
  • mini baking cups

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  1. 1

    Put your trimmed cake pieces or cake scraps in a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the cake into crumbs, making sure to break up any large pieces. Once the cake is completely crumbled, pick up a small amount and determine whether you can form it into a ball as is. If it seems to need moisture to form a ball, go to Step 2.

  2. 2

    If your cake crumbs need liquid to make them stick together, use a flavoured liquid coffee creamer, caramel syrup, coffee-flavoured syrup, etc., to add some moistness and some delicious flavour. For an extra-special adults-only treat, add liqueur such as Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Creme or Amaretto. Add just a spoonful at a time. After each spoonful, check on the consistency of the cake. Be cautious not to add too much liquid because mushy truffles are not very good.

  3. 3

    Using a spoon or a small scoop, form one-inch sized balls. Place them on a baking tray covered with a sheet of wax or parchment paper. Once all your scraps are gone, put the baking tray in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight.

  4. 4

    Put candy melts or dipping chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt candy melts or dipping chocolate in microwave according to package instructions. If chocolate seems too thick, stir in a small amount of shortening. Once chocolate is thoroughly melted, use dipping tool or fork to dip cake "balls" into the chocolate. Place dipped truffle on sheet covered with waxed paper. If decorating with sprinkles, put the sprinkles on quickly, as the chocolate hardens fast. Another option is to melt coloured candy melts. Using a squeeze bottle, decorate the tops of the truffles. In addition, you could dip a fork in the melted coloured candy melts and "fling" it over the tops of the truffles. Caution - this option can be messy.

    How to use leftover cake scraps
  5. 5

    Finally, trim off any excess chocolate on the bottoms of the truffles and place each one in a baking cup. Yummy!!!

Tips and warnings

  • These can be stored at room temperature for several days. If it's warm, it's best to refrigerate them.

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