What to Do With Leftover Cake Batter

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Have you ever found yourself with leftover cake batter or extra time on your hands and cake mixes in the cabinet? Did you know there were creative ways to put the cake batter to use but didn’t have the time or energy to find them? We have you covered! Be sure and save this post for when you’re ready to put that leftover cake batter into action!


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What to do with Leftover Cake Batter

These delicious treats will have you feeling like a real baker in no time! Let’s not waste any time and get into some of our favorite cake mix hacks so that not a single drip goes to waste.


Cake Pops

Creating cake pops is a great option when it comes to using extra cake batter. You can make as many or as few as you need to, and they can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. (although we doubt they will last that long!)

This is also a fun way to experiment with different toppings, drizzle designs, and other factors to create a different variety of cake balls each time!


Mug Cakes

If you have just a small amount of cake batter left over, creating a single mug cake is a great way to be able to use it and not throw it out. This option works great for any flavor of cake mix, and then you can add in your favorite toppings ranging from chocolate chips to marshmallows to fruit or even just a sprinkle of powdered sugar.


Cake Bread Pudding

Whether you have leftover batter or a freezer full of cake scrappings, this bread pudding is a delicious way to use every last bit! This is also a great option if you messed up on the original cake and don’t feel like you can serve it to guests in the original-planned form.

Tearing the pieces up, baking them with some tasty pecans and drizzle, and then topping them with custard or ice cream will make you completely forget that this wasn’t your plan in the first place!


Confetti Cake French Toast

If you are looking for more fun, sweet treats to put together when hosting a birthday party, this confetti cake french toast is a fun way to get everyone sugared-up first thing in the morning! It will be almost like eating a birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles for breakfast.


Cake Batter Waffles

The leftover batter of any flavor will taste even more delicious after you spray down your waffle iron and heat up this amazing concoction.

Depending on which flavor you choose, your toppings can range from decadent syrup, simple powdered sugar, or crisp fresh fruit.


Cake Mix Delicious Cookies

Possibly our favorite way to use up cake mix batter is to grease up a large cookie sheet, spread your batter out in small balls and make delicious cake mix cookies! This is another perfect way to use leftover batter, as any flavor will work, and you can make as few or as many as you would like.


Cake Shakes

With a prep time of 5 minutes, this recipe allows you to put your box of cake mix to work without even firing up the oven! It is the best way to celebrate a warm day or any other achievement you feel like celebrating today.


Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Most people might not think of cinnamon rolls when they think of their favorite cake batter recipe, but they definitely should!

While homemade cinnamon rolls made from scratch are definitely delicious, we also know that time is not always on your side, and having a delicious recipe that utilizes a box mix of vanilla cake can be very helpful in a pinch!


Cake Shooters

If you are hosting a party and need a way for everyone to enjoy a dessert without having to touch the same space, these cake shooters are a great idea! Served in individual shot glasses, they can serve as cute party decor and a tasty treat.


Cake Mix Donuts

Cake mix donuts are a delicious way to use up a variety of cake mixes that you might have on hand. While our favorite might be the chocolate cake mix, your crew might find the confetti to be the biggest hit!



How long does cake batter stay good?

You can keep mixed cake batter at room temperature for about an hour, in the fridge for up to 48 hours, or in the freezer for as long as 3 months, and the cake batter will remain fit to eat.


How should you store cake batter?

If keeping it in the fridge, you can cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and make sure it is sealed well to keep the batter moist. If you are putting it in the freezer, simply store it in a Ziploc freezer bag.


Why should you not eat raw cake batter?

You don’t want to eat raw cake batter as the flour can contain germs such as E. coli that are only killed after thoroughly cooked.


Final Thoughts

Whether you have too much batter, a freezer full of leftover cake scraps, or an entire cake that didn’t quite turn out as you wanted, there are many creative uses at your fingertips to make tasty treats and not have to waste a single drip!

Do you have more ideas on how to put leftover cake batter to good use? Please share and let us know your favorite easy recipe!


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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.