Sunday, April 25, 2010

Truffle bites - or what to do with all that leftover cake

When you decorate cakes you usually need to trim off the tops and sometimes carve out shapes which means you end up with a bit of extra cake on your hand.

So what do you do with all that extra cake. Just eat it I hear you say, Mmmmm sounds like a good idea.

But hold on a second......

Here is something a little different to try I found thanks to Bakerella. Take the offcuts and leftover frosting, mix it together until it forms a moist ball.

Ok in the pic above I have about 700g of moist chocolate cake and 1 cup of vanilla Italian Buttercream to mix together. However, you do not need this specific amount, different cakes, icings and the fact that you will have varying amounts left over from your decorating will change this recipe each time. But that just adds to its deliciousness. I usually taste test until its a texture that I find pleasing.

Shape into smaller balls or shapes the ones in the pic are around 4cm (1 1/4 inches) across. Pop them on a tray lined with grease proof/ baking paper and chill in the fridge until firm (an hour or so).

When they are firm dip them in melted chocolate and decorate. I used Cadbury dark and white melts which I melted in the microwave.

These ones are leftover vanilla cake and raspberry Italian buttercream. See you can use anything.....if you cake and frosting flavor tastes good together chances are you truffles will too.

In fact they are so delicious you might not even want to wait for leftover cake. You could bake a packed mix cake and use a tub of Betty Crocker frosting.

Wow how easy is that.

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