OLD CAKE COMES BACK TO LIFE!
Have you found yourself with leftover, old, stale cake? The cake that isn’t quite as beautiful the second day after knives and serving utensils has made it look…well, slightly used? Have you tried and failed to make a beautifully decorated cake only to want to throw it away before anyone sees it?
Wait! Don’t throw it away, don’t give it to the dog or the pigs or the goats!
Make an “OLD FASHIONED CRUMB CAKE!” This cake was one my Mom would make when we kids were home. With eight kids and all our friends in and out of the house, Mom made sure nothing went to waste. This was her go -to recipe to keep recycling the stale cake.
Recipe for Crumb Cake Base
- 1 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- splash of vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/4 sour milk or sour cream (I’ve used Buttermilk or yogurt in place of sour milk also.)
Cream Butter and sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Then add baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Then alternate sour milk with flour, ending with milk.
Put in greased 9 x 13 pan.
Using about 3 – 3 1/2 cups old cake crumbs, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and using your hands, mix in 12 – 14 tablespoons softened butter. (Really, you don’t have to use your hands, but I believe that’s why Mom’s always tasted better than anyone else’s crumb cake.) Here’s a hint: mix crumb topping first. Then mix cake base…makes for easier clean-up.
Crumble over cake base and bake for 45-50 minutes. While still warm, pour simple glaze over made of 1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar and just enough milk to make it pouring consistency.
GOOGLE SEARCH REVEALS MANY USES OF OLD CAKE.
Mom would be so proud to know many versions of her ‘OLD FASHIONED CRUMB CAKE” can be found on the internet. Unfortunately, I lost Mom a long time ago so she’ll never know. But in doing a search for uses of old cake, many recipes and websites popped up.
Here’s two websites that looked interesting to me:
MY TWISTS ON “CRUMB CAKE.”
- When making a crumb cake, I sometimes will add a thin layer of jam or pie filling.
- I add more or less cinnamon to the crumb topping depending on whether I add any type of filling layer.
- Try adding coconut or chopped nuts to crumb mixture before putting on cake base.
- I usually have more than 3 cups of crumb from leftover cake, so I will mix all my crumbs and freeze. It works great as streusel for pies or served over ice cream sundaes.
So before you throw out the old cake, mix up a new recipe with the leftovers. You may find a new family favorite.