What to do with Leftover Birthday Cake

Pirate Ship Birthday Cake

I can’t say that I’ve ever had this problem before, but H-man’s birthday cake was so big that it’s taken us a week to demolish 3/4 of it – and by this point, it’s not as moist and delicious as it once was. The pirate ship design of the cake called for two 8 1/2 x 11 sheet cakes, so even though we had 12 adults and 10 children in the house for the birthday party, we have a a lot left. A piece of cake with some ice cream is only delicious for so many days in a row. So what to do with leftover birthday cake that’s gone stale? Throw it away?

I can’t justify tossing so much food into the greenbin. And, since we participated in a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” evening this weekend and I needed to make a dessert, I pulled out a tried and true university favourite: Trifle. 

It’s simple, easy, and delicious. Best of all, it injects much-needed moisture to a stale birthday cake. The process is straightforward: layer pudding, small squares of cake, and either fruit or pie filling in a bowl (clear glass bowls make it look the prettiest), and top with whipped cream.

We had a Mexican-themed supper, so my husband thought that a banana dessert would fit best. I used banana pudding and chopped bananas inbetween the layers of cake. 

What to do with Leftover Birthday Cake: Liven up stale cake

Easy, delicious, and thrifty. 

What to do with leftover birthday cake

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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.


  1. Looks delicious.

  2. Mmmmm, I love trifle! :) Yours looks so very pretty!

  3. Y u so smart? :P

    This is truly genius. Inspiring! Now gimme some cake.

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