There aren’t too many people out there who dislike cheesecake. It makes sense considering this dessert combines creamy and crumbly textures into one delicious circle of goodness.
It also comes in so many varieties, with favorites such as turtle and strawberry cheesecake.
No matter which kind you have in your possession, after reading this article, you will be equipped with some ideas regarding how to use your leftover cheesecake.
It’s possible you are a bit sick of cheesecake at this point. If you find that you would rather hold off on using your leftovers, you can certainly save it for later.
To do this, simply throw it in your freezer. First, though, it is smart to keep it safe by putting a layer of Saran wrap over it, followed by a layer of aluminum foil.
You can cut up your dessert before you put it in your freezer, or you can leave it as it is.
Your cheesecake should stay good in the freezer for about a month, though it may hold onto its delicious taste for two months.
To thaw it out, simply remove it from the freezer, take the aluminum foil covering off, and place the cheesecake in your fridge, on your kitchen counter, or in the microwave.
Letting it thaw in the fridge will take several hours, whereas putting it on the counter should take only a few hours. If you decide to microwave it, pop it in there for about 30 seconds.
The fastest way to thaw it is, of course, by microwaving it. If you do this, only heat up one slice at a time.
Whether you decide to freeze your cheesecake, once you are ready to use it, take a look at the ideas below for some inspiration concerning how to use the leftovers.
Uses for Your Extra Cheesecake
At first thought, it’s hard to believe anyone could have leftover cheesecake sitting around because it’s just so yummy.
However, if you do find yourself with extra cheesecake, the good news is that there are several ways you can use it with other foods to enhance their textures and flavors. Read on to learn how.
1 – Milkshake
Practically all cakes go well with ice cream, and cheesecake is certainly no exception.
In fact, it is many people’s favorite kind of cake to enjoy with some frosty ice cream. Perhaps they compliment each other so well because both ice cream and cheesecake are creamy.
Whatever the case, if you cut up your cheesecake and mix it into some ice cream with milk, you can make yourself a milkshake anyone would love.
You can also blend your cheesecake before adding it to the milkshake if you want it to be a smooth consistency rather than bites of it.
2 – Sundae
Another way you can enjoy your cheesecake with ice cream is by using it as a topping for a sundae. Turtle cheesecake is especially delicious with this one.
Simply cut your leftover cheesecake into pieces that are small enough that you can easily get them to stay atop your ice cream treat.
Next, you can put any other sweet ingredients you would like over this, such as caramel syrup, chocolate shavings, or walnuts.
You can use frozen or thawed cheesecake for this, which makes it an ideal recipe for those with frozen cheesecake.
3 – Filling
One way you can utilize your leftover cheesecake is by mashing or blending it into a spreadable form for use as a filling. You just need to use it in the same way you would cream cheese.
This can be a wonderful option for crepe filling. This adds an element of tastiness to this beloved breakfast food that can’t be easily matched.
You can also include some diced fruits, such as strawberries, in your crepes alongside the cheesecake filling.
After you fill your crepes with your leftover cheesecake, you can top them with more ingredients, such as whipped cream or strawberry syrup.
4 – Deep-Fried
You can ensure that you will have a delicious treat if you deep fry your leftover cheesecake. Simply cut the leftovers into bite-sized pieces, roll these into balls, and cover them in graham cracker crumbs.
Now, pop them into some grease, and watch them sizzle until they are golden brown.
After you remove them and let them sufficiently cool off, you can add any topping you like. Some great options include chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and powdered sugar.
Although this is not the healthiest way to use up your leftover cheesecake, it is undoubtedly one of the tastiest.
5 – Chilled Bites
Most likely, the easiest way to use your leftover cheesecake is by simply cutting it up into small, bite-sized pieces and either freezing or chilling them before enjoying them.
This is especially easy to do if you have already cut up your leftover cheesecake and put it in your freezer.
Of course, these little bits of cheesecake can be enjoyed on their own, or you can snack on these along with something that complements them well, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or fruit.
6 – Sauce
If you want to get super fancy with your leftover cheesecake, you can blend it up, put it in a pan, and heat it into a sweet, creamy sauce.
If you do choose this option, make sure to constantly stir it while it is simmering to prevent it from burning. Also, it is best to use low heat for this same reason.
You can use some milk or cream to make the sauce thinner.
Once the cheesecake has transformed into a liquid and is bubbling, you can use it to top various desserts or pancakes, or you can dip fruit into it.
7 – Coated Pieces
What better way to enjoy cheesecake than to coat it with more sweet goodness?
You can cut your leftover cheesecake into bite-sized pieces before adding a coating of chocolate, strawberry, caramel, or anything else you can imagine.
You can also roll them in chopped nuts afterward to add an extra layer of tastiness and texture.
Using your leftover cheesecake in this way is sure to delight you. The creamy inside and the sweet outer shell of this treat is an easy win.
8 – Add to Baked Goods
Just reading about this option can make your mouth water. If you love baking, you can step up your game by adding some leftover cheesecake to your baked goods.
Simply chop your leftover cheesecake into very small pieces, and add them to the batter of your brownies or cake.
These little bits of cheesecake will melt into pockets of creamy and gooey deliciousness. It sounds absolutely amazing, doesn’t it?
9 – Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle
Another way you can use your leftover cheesecake is by making a yummy strawberry cheesecake trifle.
This is a simple dessert you can whip up, and it is a perfect way to use your cheesecake. Below is a great recipe for this trifle.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Leftover cheesecake
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 pints strawberries
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 loaf pound cake
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate shavings
First, take your strawberries, dice them, and shake them around in a bowl with the sugar. Put this bowl aside.
Next, mash up your leftover cheesecake to a spreadable consistency, and whip it with the orange juice until it has blended into a smooth mixture. Add the heavy whipping cream after this.
Following this step, you need to drain your strawberries, saving the juice. Now, cut your loaf of pound cake into cubes, and soak them in the strawberry juice.
At this point, you are ready for the layering part of the trifle. Take a dish out, and place a layer of pound cake cubes in it, followed by the creamy cheesecake mixture, then strawberries, and finally your shaved chocolate.
Repeat this process until you have enough layers to fill the dish. Voila, you now have a delicious trifle you made with your leftover cheesecake.
As you can see, there are so many ways you can utilize your leftover cheesecake.
There is no reason for you to toss it out or keep eating it as it is when there are a vast number of things you can do to further enjoy it.
You could even use your leftover cheesecake in one of the ways described above and then give it away as a gift. This is a great option for those of you who are sick of eating cheesecake.
If you do not take this route but still want the cheesecake you have left, you can always put it in the freezer, as mentioned previously.
This way, you can save it for a time when you are craving the creamy dessert again. This is also a good way to control how many sweets you are eating.
Regardless of how you decide to use your leftover cheesecake, there is no doubt you will enjoy it.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.