Cake truffles with hard chocolate coat.

cake truffles.

How many of us have had cake fails?

Obviously, we all have had multiple ones all because we tried. Now we tried, that’s a wonderful thing. But that lump called cake now sitting on my countertop is no longer fun. I have sunk many, forgotten the sugar in a few, burnt the base of some, baked some to their death as they had too much moisture etc. I know you feel it too the guilty feeling of wasting. It just feels so hard to toss the whole thing into the bin, unless you have baked it to coal. 
Here are a few recipes that I have failed before getting it right.

What do we do then?

During the season from November to December, I feel the rate if cake failures are even more. That’s because we try harder to impress for the holidays.
Here is what I came to learn after a few years of baking and failures. There are some fixes.
For example, forgot the sugar, turn the cake into a poke cake and drench the holes with sugar syrup. But, stiff cakes, burnt base etc don’t see the light of the day. So here is my save.
Salvage the bits that are not burnt or have a burnt smell. Remove the crust of the stiff cake and this can be the base for the ultimate cake truffles.
It has saved many of my fails and a few on my dinner parties with the pile of cake truffles. Font frown, it works. No one, second-guesses the cake fail. Make your truffles so cute they are irresistible.. top it with candy cake, nuts or tens and thousands based on the season. Pile them up high like a tower. Your glamorous dessert tower is ready

cake truffles made with leftover cake.
Shhh, a secret

I have saved a birthday too with this as I burnt the vanilla cake. Made them into these gorgeous truffles and stuck them up with more chocolate like a cone. Put the candle on top of the tower. It was an instant hit. Don’t let them know the secret. They are super proud of that incredible cake tower.
Don’t let the cake fails to ruin your spirit. Keep baking and gobble them up as cake truffles. 
cake truffles.

Cake and coconut truffles

Leftover cake recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Desserts, Snacks, Sweets and savories
Cuisine American, Baking, Continental, Fusion, International, Kids choice, One pot, Summer, Vegetarian
Servings 10 pieces


for the cake truffles

  • 2 cups cake crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut ( use crushed nuts instead)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

for the chocolate covering.

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (melts)
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil ( or butter)


  • First, if the cake is frosted, remove the frosting completely. Slice off the hard crust or the burnt base if any.
  • Into a large mixing bowl add the cake and break it into crumbs.
  • Drizzle the cake with a few tbsp of juice. Check for softness, once soft and pliable add in two to three tbsp of toasted coconut or crushed nuts. Add more juice till you get the mixture to hold well.
  • Scoop out with an ice-cream scooper and shape into balls.  
  • Roll on more toasted coconut to serve if you desire to serve without the chocolate.
    left over cake truffles
  • When the balls are ready to set in the refrigerator for about an hour. 
  • Set the chocolate chips and the coconut oil on a double boiler and melt.
  • Using a fork place one cake ball at a time in the melted chocolate and roll till it is fully coated with the chocolate.
  • Add some tens and thousands or crushed nuts on top.
  • Chill in the refrigerator till the coating sets for about 30 minutes.
  • Serve chilled.
    cake truffles made with leftover cake.
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6 years ago

What a beautiful and tempting way to use leftover cake … Yumm. Kids will definitely go crazy over this truffle..

6 years ago

yes, superb way to use leftover cake. those sponge cakes always stay behind in the fridge. will try it. thank you Seema

Priya Srinivasan
6 years ago

Truffles look yum And such a nice way to use up Cake crumbs!

Ritu Tangri
6 years ago

I do make cake pops with leftover cake, but addition of coconut and juice must be taking it to new dimensions

6 years ago

That’s a beautiful one made with left over cake. Loved it.

Sapana Behl
Sapana Behl
6 years ago

A delicious idea to use leftover cakes This looks so sinful.

6 years ago

These truffles look amazing! I love to use up leftover cakes for parfaits or truffles 🙂

6 years ago

Such a delightful and yummy truffles!

Mayuri Patel
6 years ago

Wow Seema, what lovely truffles and so easy to make. Great gift idea.

6 years ago

You have explained this simple recipe so well. Great job????

Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

The truffle looks so inviting Seema ! Great way to use up the left over ????

Lata Lala
2 years ago
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Cake truffles with hard chocolate coat made out of leftover is such a saviour dish. Absolutely agree with you that we all have cake failures at some point of time.

Adding coconut is a good idea too. Wonderful share.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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Seema so innovative, to create the truffle cone, a brilliant idea. I too often make leftover or failed cakes into truffles and the family thinks I’ve created everything from scratch… if only they knew! Love how pretty they look with tutti frutti on top.

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