Crumbs! What to do with that leftover cake? – chocolate almond truffles

15 Jun

Cake Balls

Every now and then something so unusual, so unexpected, so downright astonishing, can happen in the course of your normal everyday life that your are left reeling and questioning the very nature and purpose of your existence. For example; we were recently left with a considerable amount of uneaten cake. It was spooky. Ultan suggested we make something with the leftover crumbs and I immediately felt like a complete dummy as the thought had never even crossed my mind. Before my eyes had been opened to the possibilities I was of the belief that with cake, it was either ‘the belly or the bin’. I really do hate to waste food anything containing chocolate and so this became a matter of the utmost importance.

We brainstormed; bread pudding, a chocolate and fruit crumble, truffles. All fine possibilities, excellent and tasty suggestions. But it did set my brain in motion, what ELSE can one do with leftover cake crumbs? I thought long and hard for between 1 and 3 minutes and came up with a few ideas which I have yet to see anywhere on the interweb. Ideas of unrivalled genius, or unparalleled stupidity? I’ll let you be the judge of that, but I know what camp I’m firmly standing in. Let’s take a look at these together; 1) The Cake Crumb Breakfast Cereal 2) The Cakecrumbwich 3) The Cake Crumb Casserole, and 4) For something completely different, the Cake Crumb Manicure. Perfect for those long mid-morning stretches when you don’t have time to nip out for a coffee/muffin. And yes, I did stick crumbs to my nails for this. I’m THAT stupid dedicated.

Crumb Montage

Ok, so perhaps the world isn’t quite ready for this kind of progressive thinking. Let’s just stick to something a bit safer for now; cake crumb ‘truffles’. Almost as easy to make as they are to eat. By the way, I used the word truffles just to lure you in. These are nothing like truffles! Don’t expect them to be smooth and creamy because that’s really just asking too much from broken up cake and ground up almonds. They are a great way to use up leftovers however, should you find yourself in such an unusual position. And hey, if this isn’t your cup of tea you can always practice your cake crumb manicure. Possibly the greatest idea of all time, OF ALL TIME!! (are we joking about the whole Kanye West/Taylor Swift thing or is it still too soon?)

113g dark or milk chocolate (or if you’re mad like me, half and half)
66ml condensed milk
113g cake crumbs
56g ground almonds
90g icing sugar
½ tsp cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp ground coffee
cocoa powder for dusting

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Once melted, add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Roll into walnut sized balls with your hands and put into the fridge on a plate to chill and set.
  4. Once set, roll in cocoa powder.

They will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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