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How to Make Cake Pops From Leftover Cake

As a home baker mom (pun intended), I enjoy baking cakes for special occasions. Every birthday of each family member calls for a baking session and a level of decorating that reminds my husband of Nailed It!

While I enjoy making each cake, I admit that there’s always leftover cake at every party. I have yet to see a gathering where there’s no leftover cake. 

We’re not really into big parties so we only invite family and a few friends. So it could be that the cake is too big or not everyone is into cakes or some people don’t like the flavor of cake I made. 

Although we are a group of sweet tooths, no one of us is particularly fond of leftover cakes. I hate throwing away food, so I took one piece of advice I saw on the Food Network – turn your leftover cake into cake pops.

I never thought about it before, but I think it’s pretty genius. You get to save your leftover cake and make it into something that’s still cake, but won’t look like leftover cake anymore! 

All you have to do is incorporate some leftover frosting if you have some or maybe even cream cheese, some melted chocolate and a topping of your choice.

There’s so much you can do to make it more fun and interesting for the kids. You can use sprinkles, nuts, cookie crumbs, chocolate, peanut butter chips, peanut butter drizzle, marshmallows, or anything you think the kids will love.

It’s an easy way to bring new life to old cake 🙂 

Plus, all the other ingredients you need could already be in your pantry so there’s no need to make another grocery run for this recipe.

Once you’re finished with your cake pops, it will look like something new to the kids so it’s a win-win for everybody! They have “new” treats while you, on the other hand, won’t have to worry about throwing out any more cake.

Additional Notes

  1. There’s so much you can do with cake pops. Here are some of the topping combinations you may want to try:
    • Milk chocolate + rainbow sprinkles
    • Milk chocolate + white chocolate shavings
    • Milk chocolate + chopped nuts
    • Milk chocolate + peanut butter drizzle
    • Milk chocolate + white chocolate drizzle
    • Milk chocolate + crushed Oreos
    • White chocolate + crushed Oreos
    • White chocolate + chocolate sprinkles
    • White chocolate + dark chocolate shavings
    • White chocolate + rainbow sprinkles
    • White chocolate + chopped nuts
    • White chocolate + milk chocolate drizzle
    • While chocolate + dark chocolate drizzle
    • Dark chocolate + white chocolate shavings
    • Dark chocolate + chopped nuts
    • Dark chocolate + peanut butter drizzle
    • Dark chocolate + rainbow sprinkles
    • Dark chocolate + white chocolate drizzle
  2. Freeze or refrigerate leftover cake pops.
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How to Make Cake Pops From Leftover Cake


If you’re like me and you love baking cakes for special occasions, but you’re tired of throwing out the leftovers, then this recipe is for you.  In it you will learn how to make cake pops from leftover cake. It’s a sure fire way to turn your old cake into a new treat that the kids will love. It’s actually so easy, your kids can help make the cake pops


  1. Leftover cake with frosting
  2. Chocolate for melting
  3. Your choice of toppings such as chopped nuts, chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or crushed Oreos
  4. Optional: Cream cheese if you don’t have any frosting

Other Kitchen tools you will need:

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. Fork
  3. Tablespoon
  4. Baking sheets
  5. Wax paper
  6. Cake pop sticks or lollipop sticks


  1. Cut the leftover cake into chunks and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mash the cake using a fork.
  3. Add cream cheese or more leftover frosting in small batches until you get a thick, brownie-like texture.
  4. Line the baking sheet with wax paper.
  5. Use a tablespoon to measure the batter and roll them into balls.
  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Stir between intervals to ensure you don’t burn the chocolate.
  7. Dip a quarter of the cake pop sticks in melted chocolate and insert them in the middle of each ball.
  8. Place the cake pops onto the lined baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  9. Reheat the melted chocolate.
  10. Take the frozen balls out of the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate.
  11. Roll into your topping of choice.
  12. Place the cake pops back on the lined baking sheet and refrigerate.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

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