Got leftover cake? Enjoyed right away or stored in the freezer for a later date, Leftover Cake Cake Balls are a handy and delicious way to repurpose leftover cake.

Leftover Cake Cake Balls by The BakerMama

Got Leftovers?

It never fails. A big holiday or birthday comes and goes and there’s leftover cake sitting on my counter, taunting me. Eat me! Rather than carb-load right then and there, I decided to show a little restraint. Leftover Cake Cake Balls to the rescue! Same cake flavor, just easier to eat and with a scrumptious texture! Enjoy this fab dessert now or store in the freezer for an emergency sweet tooth situation. Cake balls are a delicious way to make sure no scrumptious cake goes to waste! Vanilla cake, red velvet cake, birthday cakes — all you need is cake (duh!), your handy dandy stand mixer, and a package of candy melts. You can use cake pop sticks and turn them into cake pops, or eat them as is like we do. They’re like little cake truffles. The kids LOVE them.

Let’s do this!

Leftover Cake Cake Balls by The BakerMama

How to Make Leftover Cake Cake Balls

After removing any non-edible decorations, add the leftover cake scraps, sprinkles and all, to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. From scratch cakes and box cake mix work equally well. Cakes with buttercream icing work best, but you can do this with cream cheese frosting cakes as well. Beat on medium speed until cake mix and frosting are well combined. Roll the cake mixture into 2-tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Then place the baking sheet (filled with cake balls) in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to harden. That’s it! Once the cake balls are cold and hard, they’re ready to coat! Or you can transfer them uncoated to a freezer-safe bag or container to store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Applying the Candy Coating

Make sure the cake balls are cold and hard, but not frozen. If using frozen cake balls, transfer them from the freezer to the fridge to defrost completely.

In a shallow bowl, melt the package of chocolate melting wafers according to package directions (you can use white chocolate as well). Make sure you stir frequently to prevent burning!  Cover another cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove cake balls from the refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels if they have condensation on them.

Begin to coat them one-by-one in the melted chocolate. Using a fork, gently dip each cake ball and roll in the melted chocolate trying not to touch the fork to the cake. You want there to be coating between the cake ball and the fork at all times to maintain a smooth coating and keep the cake ball’s round shape. Remove and let as much excess milk chocolate coating drip off the fork back into the bowl before placing the coated caked ball on the prepared parchment-lined baking sheet.

Once all of the cake balls are coated, take any excess melted chocolate and drizzle it over them, if desired.

Leftover Cake Cake Balls by The BakerMama

Allow cake balls to harden completely and then break off any excess chocolate that may have gathered around the bottom of the ball. Enjoy!

Leftover Cake Cake Balls by The BakerMama

Watch and Learn!

Sometimes, seeing is believing. Step into the kitchen with me to make a batch of cake balls and let me show you just how easy these treats are!

Want More Easy Treats?

Need a great cake recipe to bake for a special occasion? Try The Greatest Chocolate Cake recipe. Love Oreos? Try my Oreo Cake Balls. Both are always a huge hit and so delish!

I hope you love these Leftover Cake Cake Balls as much as I do. When you make them, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share.

xoxo,

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Leftover Cake Cake Balls by The BakerMama

Leftover Cake Cake Balls

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

Enjoy right away or stor in the freezer for a later date, Leftover Cake Cake Balls are a handy and delicious way to repurpose leftover cake.


Ingredients

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  • Leftover frosted cake
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag chocolate melting wafers

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cake. Beat on medium speed until cake and frosting are well combined.
  2. Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet (filled with cake balls) in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to harden.
  3. Once the cake balls are cold and hard, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container to store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  4. When you’re ready to coat the cake balls, transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator to defrost completely.
  5. In a shallow bowl, melt the package of chocolate melting wafers according to package directions. Cover another cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove cake balls from the refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels if they have condensation on them.
  6. Begin to coat them one-by-one in the melted chocolate. Using a fork, gently roll each cake ball in the melted chocolate trying not to touch the fork to the cake. You want there to be coating between the cake ball and the fork at all times to maintain a smooth coating and keep the cake ball’s round shape. Remove and let as much excess chocolate coating drip off the fork back into the bowl before placing the coated caked ball on the prepared parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Once all of the cake balls are coated, take any excess melted chocolate and drizzle it over them, if desired.
  8. Allow cake balls to harden completely and then break off any excess chocolate that may have gathered around the bottom of the ball.
  9. Store cake balls in a cool, dry place.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of the best-selling Beautiful Boards and its next-level follow-up, Spectacular Spreads. She started blogging in 2012 and has over 700 original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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    1. Hi Asha! They don’t crack if you make sure the coating has fully set before freezing them and then thaw them overnight in the refrigerator when you’re ready to enjoy them. They freeze great! Enjoy!

  1. Hi. I originally seen cake balls made from left over cake on a bake off contest show. I just celebrated my birthday and had tons of cake left, and I remembered the cake pops, so googled and found your recipe. Blending my cake, because of all the colors going on in the frosting décor, made my batter look green. Looking at it it reminded me of pistachio or mint and got to thinking. I didn’t have either in extracts but i did have almond so added two capfuls to the batter and then did everything else like you said. It was yummy. Chocolate covered almond flavor treats. I love that we can freeze these too so they can last long time.
    My wedding cake top made it the one full year after being wrapped securely and tasted just as fresh, so I am thinking if done the same, these little cake pop treats would last just as long? That is if they don’t get eaten. lol

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