Cake dessert croutons because sometimes leftover cake happens. Add them to your yogurt, ice cream, or eat them on their own- toasty nuggets of yum.
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LEFTOVER CAKE DESSERT CROUTONS
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. – Calvin Trillin
Whenever we post a recipe for leftover dessert, like when we shared a recipe using leftover donuts, people always argue there are no leftover sweets in their house. Well, you can still make this with a new cake. We just think this is a perfect way to use up “day-old” cake. Come to think of it, why not purchase a bakery day-old cake for just this purpose?
We had a partial angel food cake that just wasn’t budging. The first day everyone was on board and then that was that. Soon, it just was like eating a dry sponge.
Around our home, any stale bread usually gets made into croutons so why not try it with the stale angel food cake?
DESSERT CROUTON INGREDIENTS
How simple is this?
- Stale cake, here we used an angel food cake
- Oil or butter
- Seasoning if desired (Cinnamon and sugar would be lovely here)
- Pinch of salt if you like that bit of salt to your desserts.
HOW TO MAKE CROUTONS
Ideally, you would cut the cake into equal(ish) sized square pieces. This will help with even cooking.
Normally, we make croutons in the oven however this was done in the skillet because they are so light (not dense).
- Add your grease or butter (fat) to the pan or sheet.
- Coat all the pieces of cake in the fat to help with browning.
- Season as you like – i.e cinnamon and sugar
- If using an oven/toaster oven, they will not take very long unlike bread. Check frequently (1-2 min at 325-350) and stir. If using a pan, keep flipping as pieces brown.
- Remove croutons from the baking sheet/fryer/pan and serve.
*Although we used a pan this time, next time we would try the oven and watch it very carefully.
DESSERT CROUTON TIPS
After cutting the croutons, you could place cake croutons in a zip bag and pour melted butter (and seasoning if you like) over the pieces. Shake them up and pour them on your desired cooking vessel. This will help in coating all the pieces evenly.
Depending on the cake, you may want to cut your pieces into small pieces. For the angel food cake, because it is chewier, the smaller pieces seemed to be perfection.
Finally, since the cake has sugar in it, it can burn (as you can see) so watch it, keep it on low to medium heat, and turn frequently.
HOW TO SERVE YOUR CAKE CROUTONS
Here are a few ideas on how to serve these luscious little nuggets of deliciousness:
- On top of yogurt
- Ice cream sundae
- Dessert charcuterie board
- Dipped in chocolate sauce
- With WHIPPED CREAM and berries!
- Eat on their own
What would you try them with?
OTHER IDEAS FOR LEFTOVER CAKE
Of course, there are so many ways to use up a leftover cake, if you should have some.
Cake truffles, our recipe for this cupcake parfait, cake pops, french toast, ice cream mix-ins, etc.
OTHER CAKES YOU COULD USE
Some cakes may not work for this idea. We recommend only using one that can hold its shape when being cut into. Can it be cut into a square easily? If not, you may want to use toast them similar only as a crumble – think granola instead.
Also, if it has a filling or frosting, it may not work in this usage. However, you could separate the filling or frosting from the cake part.
But, wouldn’t a pound cake be lovely to make dessert croutons with? YUMMMM
MORE LEFTOVER FOOD RECIPES
Obviously, we love using all our food. With the cost of food going up and up, it’s so important to use up what we have.
Some foods naturally taste better the next day however some need a little help getting a makeover. Recreation of leftovers can be a great way to ensure all the food gets utilized and you spend less.
- 21 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Rice
- Italian Sloppy Joes Using Leftover Spaghetti Sauce
- 7 Ways to Use up Leftover French Fries