So, you overbaked and weren’t able to devour an entire pound cake, huh? Well, we all hate seeing food go to waste.
Luckily, we have various solutions for this problem! You won’t have to throw away the leftovers.
There are a lot of recipes that you can make using leftover pound cake. We included some of the best leftover cake recipes in this article!
In addition, we’ll tell you about some ways you can transform your leftover cake into something different. For example, you can blend the cake into ice cream concoctions.
If you don’t feel like eating any cake recipes right now, we’ll also tell you how to properly store it. Keep on reading to find out what to do with leftover pound cake.
Let’s check out some of the best recipes you can make using leftover pound cake.
Yes. You read it correctly! Grilled pound cake is one of the things you shouldn’t judge before trying.
We believe it’s one of the best ways to turn leftover pound cake into a delicious meal. You can even use old pound cake that isn’t moist anymore.
When you grill pound cake slices, it softens the butter and reactivates the gluten. That can be enough to make your old cake taste like new.
Moreover, grilling the cake creates a textural variety. The char marks add new flavors and crispiness to each slice.
Additionally, you can top this recipe with just about anything. We highly recommend adding fresh fruit slices, nuts, and a sauce.
You can also add whipped cream or jam on top. The possibilities are endless with this recipe.
That said, here’s how to grill pound cake slices:
- Cut your pound cake into slices that are at least one inch thick.
- Oil the grates you’re going to use on direct heat.
- Place the slices at an angle so they don’t fall through.
- Let them sit for around two to three minutes on each side. It’s best not to move them around to get the best char marks.
- Put your grilled cake on a plate and add your toppings.
Do you love thick shakes? Well, this one is for you!
If you haven’t tried a cake shake before, you’re missing out a lot! The cake adds a lot of flavors to the shake.
So, you can turn your leftover pound cake into a thick, rich, and slurpy shake. All you need is a piece of cake, chilled milk, and ice cream.
Feel free to add any ingredients you love. For example, you can add Oreos, chocolate, caramel sauce, or fresh strawberries!
Additionally, you can easily adjust the thickness of the shake. To make it thicker, add more ice cream and cake.
To make this recipe, add a one-inch slice of your pound cake to the blender. Then, add two scoops of ice cream and a small amount of chilled milk.
After that, turn on the blender. Et voilà! Your cake shake is ready!
Everybody loves cake pops! It’s one of the easiest things to make with leftover pound cake.
Cake pops, also known as cake balls, are perfect for parties. To make this recipe, you’ll need frosting, candy melts, and lollipop sticks.
You can use melted chocolate instead of candy. Moreover, sprinkles can be a good addition to your cake pops.
That said, here’s how to make this delicious recipe:
- Crumble your leftover pound cake into a large bowl.
- Add frosting and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. The mixture should resemble wet sand, and it shouldn’t be smooth.
- Portion out the pieces using a cookie scoop.
- Roll each portion into a one-inch ball.
- Place the balls on a lined plate and refrigerate them for at least three hours.
- Meanwhile, you can melt the candy. We recommend reading the instructions on the package before doing so.
- After that, grab your cake balls from the refrigerator and insert a lollipop stick around halfway into each one.
- Then, dip each cake ball into the candy melt for 2 seconds.
- Next, remove the ball and gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to get rid of excess coating.
- Finally, place the cake pops upright and let them stand until the coating is all set.
Pound cake french toast is one of our favorite meals for breakfast! It’s thick, rich, and easy to make.
Classic French toast is great, but this recipe kicks it up a notch. More importantly, stale pound cake slices are perfect for this recipe.
In fact, fresh cake slices might not work! You’d have to let the slices get a bit stale.
Before making the delicious pound cake french toast, you’ll need to prepare the egg mixture. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
- Whisk eggs
- Ground cinnamon
- A tablespoon of sugar
- A pinch of salt
After gathering all the ingredients, mix them in a bowl. Then, proceed with the following steps:
- Cut your pound cake into thick slices.
- Dip each slice into the mixture to coat both sides. Avoid leaving the slices inside the mixture.
- After that, shake off the excess mixture from each slice.
- Next, melt butter in a pan or skillet on medium heat.
- Then, add your slices to the pan and cook on each side for two to three minutes or until they become golden brown.
So, you don’t feel like eating any more pound cake? No problem!
You can store the cake and eat it later. However, it won’t taste as good as a fresh one.
Still, it’d be perfect for any of the recipes we’ve previously mentioned. That said, here’s how to store pound cake properly:
Wrapping your cake is essential to keep it fresh for as long as possible. Generally, we need to keep air from reaching the cake.
Therefore, the best way to do so is by using aluminum foil, cling wrap, or other types of plastic wrap.
Ideally, you want to place the cake in an airtight container. If the container allows air inside, you can add an extra layer of wrap around it.
It’s all about keeping oxygen away from your cake to keep it fresh.
Depending on when you’re planning to eat the cake, you can store the cake in your refrigerator or freezer. You can also store the cake at room temperature, but it’ll last for around two days only.
Let’s check out how long can pound cake last in different conditions.
Typically, a freshly baked pound cake can last around two to three days at normal room temperature. Keep in mind that moisture can make the cake go bad quickly.
To maximize its shelf life, it’s best to cover the cake with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. You should also place it in an airtight container.
Leftover pound cake can last longer inside the refrigerator. However, it can affect the texture of the cake and alter its flavor.
So, it’s best to store it in an airtight container. Pound cake can stay good for around five to seven days in the refrigerator.
Pound cake can last much longer in the freezer. To keep it in its best condition, you should wrap the cake and place it in a heavy-duty freezer bag or an airtight container.
A frozen pound cake can last anywhere from three to six months. We highly recommend writing a date on the container before placing it in the freezer to know when it’s about to go bad.
In addition, it’s best to cut the cake into small portions before freezing it. That’s because freezing the cake again after thawing it will alter its taste and texture.
The following signs indicate that your leftover poundcake is no longer good:
- Hard exterior
- Dry texture
- Faulty smell
- Moldy appearance
Keep in mind that mold is dangerous. If you notice a moldy part, throw the entire cake away.
So, what should you do with your leftover pound cake?
If you like trying new things, you should go for the grilled pound cake slices. It’s a must-try!
Cake shakes are also tasty and pretty easy to make. They’re thick, rich, and creamy.
Do you want to make some treats for your kids? Cake pops are the best option!
One of our favorite ways to use leftover pound cake is by making French toast. There are tons of delicious toppings you can add to this recipe.
All in all, you should always store your leftover pound cake properly. You can do so by wrapping the extra slices in cling wrap or aluminum foil.
Then, place the cake in an airtight container and put it in your refrigerator or freezer.
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.