Stop Food Wastage: Leftover cakes

Hey I'm still around!! Not leaving yet. In a couple of weeks... So it's back to regular posting. Today we'll talk about our favourite Leftover Cakes. Actually in my household, there's no such thing as leftover cakes. Every single part is used up. When you bake a cake, trim off the side if you are coating the cake with an icing. This way, you will have beautifully smooth and soft cakes while the trimmings can be used. Yeap! Please DO NOT discard the trimmings.

Here's the first usage of Cakes for you. Usually the trimmings are passed through a sieve to obtain nice Cake Crumbs or simply blitz them in the Food Processor. Easy as that! You can store those delightful Cake Crumbs in your freezer for months. They will just turn real solid. But it will not spoil! Just make sure you store them separately (wrapped or in a container) from the raw meat. Cross Contamination ALERT!

So this is one of the easiest desserts to replicate and it's steamed. I don't guarantee that it's low fat but hey it's a break from the usual Baked Goods. What is it? It's one 0f my good old English favourites.. Steamed English Pudding!!! Mmm....Recipe recipe!


Yields 6
60g Unsweetened Chocolate (replace with Cocoa Powder if unavailable)
1/2 cup Milk
2 tbsp Butter
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs, separated
1/2 cup Bread or Cake Crumbs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence

(There's no hard and fast rule to make this delicious treat. You can throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them!)
1, Cream the Butter with the Sugar.
2, Stream in Eggs slowly.
3, Boil Milk. Melt Chocolate in Milk.
4, Stir in Chocolate mixture into Cream mixture.
5, Add Vanilla essence.
6, Fold in Cake Crumbs.
7, Steam! (You can stop the steaming at any stage you like. I prefer mine to be slightly wet in the centre so I can get a nice moist cake.)

Great for cold weather! Happy Steaming!!!


DineometerDeb said...

You know I aspired to stop wasting so much food so I made some chili with leftovers but I hated it so I threw it out. I need to get better at this. Maybe if I would have put a whole bunch of cheese on it. Everything is better with cheese.

EastCoastLife said...

Another 2 weeks?

I don't like steamed pudding. :P Only like mango puddings! *slurp*

SheR. said...

Hm.. Chilli with leftovers?? I wonder how it tastes like??
Ha.. Cheesy Chilli next time?

I'm hooked on certain English desserts ever since I lived there!!! :P

Sarah Enriquez said...

Wow sounds delicous! Now I know what to do with cake trimmings aside from triffle. I always make triffle out of trimmings but this one sounds good, too. I'm definitely going to try this the next time I bake! :-)

uncommon said...


Straying off topic....

For a while, in the 80's, I went out with an exquisite Chinese lass who ran a fish and chip shop with her dad.

When I was very, very good, she would treat me to something she called 'Chinese Dumplings'. These were about the size of a cricket ball, maybe a bit bigger, and were dumplings with lots of chicken bits in them.

They were, like here, utterly exquisite, although for sure, you couldn't eat too many of them.

Any idea what the recipe might be, is it a dish you know of?

brendan (freezing in England)

SheR. said...

Hello Sarah!!! Welcome to my blog!
Yeah I have more delicious recipes to use up those trimmings too! Stay tuned ;)

>>Hello Brendan mate!
I guess you are talking about Gyoza? I will write a post soon to show you my plate of Gyoza (or Guo Tie or Wok Stickers) that my fiance absolutely love!!