Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles

Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles

It may seem strange to have leftover cake, but as someone who bakes regularly I have found myself in this situation many times! In order to avoid food waste, you can quickly whip up these Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles. They are made using only three ingredients: cake, cream cheese and chocolate. I’ve been using this recipe for years and I can’t remember where I first heard about this handy trick of mixing cream cheese with cake crumbs to make tasty truffles, but I’m so glad I did!

Reasons you will have leftover cake:

  • After making a hidden design cake, like the Hidden Heart Cake that left me with these bright pink cake leftovers!
  • If your cakes have domed in the oven and you’ve levelled them off to flatten them.
  • If your cake sunk in the middle, but the edges are edible.

Step by step…

I used a food processor to turn my leftover cake into crumbs. This cake I used was a vanilla cake with pink food colouring.

I mixed the cream cheese into the cake crumbs. Then I rolled the cake into balls using my hands and placed them onto a lined baking tray. I put them in the freezer for an hour.

To decorate, I melted white and dark chocolate. I removed the truffles from the freezer, I dipped them into the chocolate and coated them. I placed them onto some greaseproof paper and drizzled the alternating chocolate over them. Then I left them to set.

Inside the Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles is a delicious moist centre. I mean, cream cheese and cake mixed together then covered in chocolate, is that ever not going to be good?! It’s dangerously easy to eat several of these in one sitting!

Tips for making the Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles:

  • You can use any sponge cake to make the truffles, chocolate, vanilla, lemon… whatever you have leftover!
  • Any amount of leftover cake will work too, just weigh the leftover cake, and halve that weight to work out how much cream cheese you’ll need.
  • You can also cover them with whichever chocolate you prefer, or you could use candy melts for a fun coloured effect!
  • Another great way to decorate the truffles would be to add some sprinkles onto the chocolate before it sets.

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Baking trays Mixing bowls Cooling rack
Kitchen scales Food processor

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Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles
5 from 1 vote

Three Ingredient Leftover Cake Truffles

Cake truffles made with leftover cake and cream cheese, covered in dark and white chocolate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 25
Author thebakingexplorer


  • 420 g Leftover cake
  • 210 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 185 g White chocolate
  • 215 g Dark chocolate


  1. Use a food processor to turn the cake into crumbs
  2. Mix the cream cheese into the cake crumbs
  3. Roll the cake into balls using your hands, weigh them if you like so they're all a similar size. Mine were 25g each

  4. Place them onto a lined baking tray. Then put them in the freezer for an hour

  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, then heat in 10 second blasts, stir and repeat until melted

  6. Remove the truffles from the freezer and dip them into the chocolate, coating them fully. Place them onto some greaseproof paper and to set. Use the remaining chocolate to drizzle over the truffles

  7. Serve immediately, store leftovers in the fridge and eat within 5 days

Recipe Notes

You can mix up the chocolate types and quantities depending on your preference

It doesn't matter how much leftover cake you have, you just need to half the amount it weighs to get the weight of your cream cheese!

If you like this, check out more of my Truffle recipes!

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13 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    A brilliant way to use leftover sponge and so easy – thanks Kat! I only had milk and dark chocolate but was very happy with the result. I’ll try them with white chocolate next time.

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