So - what do you do when you have leftover scraps of cake??
One idea: make cake pops!
But how do you make these tasty treats??
You will need:
Coating (white chocolate or candy melts)
Cake pops sticks
Box or styrofoam (to stand sticks up while drying)
*Sprinkles, to decorate
First; start with some cake scraps and icing - you don't need a LOT of icing; just enough to essentially moisten the cake pop dough and have it hold its shape. You don't want this dough to get too wet, so start with a small amount of icing (will vary depending on the amount of scraps you have) and go from there.
You want to crumble the cake scraps down into basically crumbs before adding the icing - this will ensure there are no lumps in your cake pops. Add the icing and work it into the dough with your hands, so you can feel when the consistency/moisture level is right.
Scoop out 1 tbsp of cake pop dough, roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the dough and then refrigerate the balls for 2 hours or freeze for 1 hour.
Pro tip: if some of your balls are uneven, take them out after they have chilled and re-roll. It is much easier to smooth these out once they are chilled.
What do I use to coat the cake pops?
This is a matter of choice; you can use white chocolate or candy melts/coating wafers. Candy melts are easier to work with because the white chocolate will have to be tempered to be able to set properly. However, white chocolate will have a better taste. You should be able to find either in a bulk store (if you are having trouble finding in your location, email firstname.lastname@example.org for help! We can send you some)
Coating the cake pops:
Melt/temper the coating of your choice and take the balls out of the fridge/freezer. Dip a cake pop stick about 1/2 inch into the coating and then push it into the centre of a cake ball. Dip the whole ball into the coating until it is completely covered. You want to make sure the base of where the ball meets the stick is completely covered. Very gently, take the stick so that the excess of the coating falls off back into the bowl. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired, and place upright into a styrofoam block or inserted into a corrugated box (poke tiny holes into the box first). Leave pops to dry for an hour or so (depending on the temperature in your kitchen).
*if you don't want to make these right away, you can freeze your cake scraps. Icing will only be good in the fridge for about a week after making, so you may need to make a tiny amount later on.
Sound like too much work??
Put your cake in a bowl with the icing and have a cake sundae! Nom nom nom!
Decorating Mini Cakes
As we will be spreading icing on our mini cakes, you are probably wondering how to do that without a cake turntable?
Well, it is possible, if not tedious. But if you don't have your own cake turntable, you can follow one of these DIY hacks!
If you're feeling crafty, check out this DIY turntable by Life Gadget:
Another idea, by SugarCoder, that's super quick:
You could also use a stainless steel bowl (without any silicone on the bottom, of course, so it moves) and place a cake pan upside down over it; the only thing with this is that the cake pan should be just slightly larger than the rim of the bowl, so that your cake turntable 'base' doesn't shift too much.