5 Tasty Ways to Reuse Leftover Wedding Cake

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It’s a long-standing tradition for the bride and groom to save the top layer of their wedding cake for their first anniversary, but if you have a whole lot of cake left over, it can be tough to figure out what to do with the rest. Check out these tasty ideas from all over the Web to help you repurpose your cake and keep it from going to waste.

Don't let extra wedding cake go to waste when creative alternatives abound! Check out our list for the reuse idea that suits you best. Photo: Flickr/The Eggplant

Don’t let extra wedding cake go to waste when creative alternatives abound! Check out our list for the reuse idea that suits you best. Photo: Flickr/The Eggplant

1. Reuse leftover cake as favors

The wedding experts at Arabia Weddings suggest thinking outside the box and repurposing leftover wedding cake as favors for your guests.

Rather than simply handing out shrink-wrapped paper plates, dress up some to-go boxes with tissue paper, stickers or thank-you notes for a cute party favor that also helps reduce waste. Click here for their ideas.

2. Turn cake crumbs into cookies

This inventive cake crumb cookie recipe from The Daily Meal will help you transform leftover cake into yummy cookies with minimal effort. Box them up as thank-you gifts for guests, or save them for yourself as a sweet treat.

3. Make a batch of cake pops

Cake pops are a super-simple way to repurpose leftover cake for later use. This recipe from Chow requires minimal effort and ingredients, and it will only take you about an hour to transform your cake.

Once you’re finished, freeze the pops for use whenever you need them. They make great desserts for parties, and kids love them!

4. Decorate with “cake sand”

Pastry chef and Wicked Goodies blogger Kristen Coniaris suggests using leftover sweets to create “cake sand” — a crunchy and toasty garnish that can be used to decorate other baked goods.

Use chocolate cake sand as edible “dirt” for spring cupcakes, or use vanilla in place of graham crackers to make the crust for items like cheesecake, Coniaris suggests. If stored in a cool, dry place, your cake sand can last for weeks. Click here for the recipe.

5. Go light with a fruit trifle

Cubed pieces of wedding cake make delightful additions to layered fruit trifles. Just add your favorite ingredients, like pudding or Greek yogurt and a bit of fresh fruit, and you’ll have a light and tasty dessert that definitely won’t remind you of leftovers.

Check out this last-minute trifle recipe from The Daily Meal for instructions to help you do it right.

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