cake pops, Cakes, chocolate

Cake Pops from Leftover Cake!


This is a super quick and easy recipe if you have leftover cake from trimmings or if you’ve made too many layers and want to use one to make something else! Whatever the reason, this recipe is for people who have none of the fancy cake pop utensils and just want something to make instead of throwing away good cake!


Star by crumbling up all the cake you have. In this case, it was leftover chocolate cake from a four-tier recipe, which I only wanted three!


If you are making a cake recipe that makes any type of filling such as chocolate ganache or buttercream and you have some leftover, add this to the crumbs. However, it is better to use Nutella as this is sticky and will hold together better. Mix with the crumbs until you can shape balls that stay together


Place these on a baking tray lined with baking parchment or foil and leave to set in the fridge until firm. This will usually take around 2o minutes


Once they are firm, remove from the fridge. As this recipe is not using any fancy utensils most people at home have CHOPSTICKS! Basically a bigger and longer lollipop stick, perfect! Stick these into the chocolate balls carefully and place back into the fridge to set until completely firm (around 40 minutes)


Melt 200g of any chocolate you like, I chose 200g milk chocolate 35% cocoa solids. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate and cover allowing the excess to fall off


Most people do not have styrofoam lying around to press the sticks into to allow to set. But most people do have dishwashers! And in every dishwasher there is usually a cutlery holder which has perfect sized slots for your cake pops to fit in! Add sprinkles, edible glitter or chopped nuts to the cake pops before leaving to set completely


And that’s it! A super quick and easy way to make cake pops using leftover cake without all the fancy utensils. I hope you enjoy and give it a go when you next have any cake leftovers!

Cake Pops Without the Fancy Utensils

  • Servings: 6 cake pops depending how much leftover cake
  • Difficulty: Easy as Pie
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A super quick and easy recipe for cake pops! Using leftovers from cake trimmings and only using simple household items, nothing fancy!


  • 1 Cake tier worth of cake/trimmings
  • 4 tbsp Nutella or leftover ganache/buttercream (may need more or less depending on how much cake there is)
  • 200g Melted Chocolate of your liking (I used milk chocolate 35% cocoa solids)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
  • Sprinkles for decoration


  1. Line a large baking trays with parchment paper or foil.
  2. In a bowl break the cake trimmings until you have fine breadcrumbs of cake.
  3. Add the Nutella, buttercream or ganache and combine until the mixture is sticky enough to shape into balls.
  4. Place cake balls onto baking tray and leave to chill in the fridge for around 20 minutes.
  5. Once chilled, using chopsticks (or cake pop sticks if handy) and stick into each cake pop carefully. Play back onto the baking tray and leave to chill and set in the fridge for around 40 minutes until firm.
  6. Melt the chocolate of your liking in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Dip each firm cake pop into the melted chocolate to cover and allow excess to drip off. Repeat for all cake pops.
  7. Place cake pops into styrofoam or dishwasher cutlery holder. Decorate with sprinkles, chopped nuts, edible glitter or anything you fancy before leaving to set completely.

  • This recipe can be made using any type of cake! Try red velvet and cover with melted white chocolate or chocolate cake covered in dark chocolate with Oreos.
  • The utensils mentioned are for people who want to make these without having to go to the shop to buy any ingredients or fancy utensils. If you can, styrofoam and cake pop sticks are cheap and easy to obtain in most supermarkets.
  • The amount of ingredients needed will depend on how much cake you have leftover. You may need to add more/less Nutella to make the crumbs moldable. Add small amounts at a time until you reach the right consistency.


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