Sometimes when you bake a cake, especially for a big event, you can overcompensate and end up being left with lots of leftovers and no way to eat them all in time before it goes stale.
This weekend we went to a 40th birthday party and was kindly given lots of cake to take home with us, the cake was delicious but there was no way we could eat it all before it went stale and I didn’t want to waste it so I made this dessert instead!
It’s a great way to use up leftover cake, pastries or bread products and it doesn’t matter if they have already gone a bit stale- as long as they aren’t mouldy!
All you need is:
leftover cake/pastries or bread
nutella/ chocolate spread or butter
3 large eggs
3 tbsp caster sugar
(cinnamon, vanilla essence, chocolate buttons optional)
cream, ice cream or custard to serve
large baking dish
Butter the baking dish. Slice the cake into 3cm thick slices and arrange in the dish overlapping slightly. I didn’t have enough cake to fill the whole dish so I also used slices of white bread, slathered with nutella and cut into triangles as well and alternated them with the cake slices. You can use bread, cake or pastries and butter the bread with nutella or butter- whichever you prefer.
In a measuring jug mix together the sugar, eggs and milk (full fat milk is best) you can also add double cream if you like as an alternative to some of the milk depending on how rich you want it to be! Here you can add vanilla essence and/or cinnamon if you like.
Pour this custard mixture over the cake/bread.pastries and then sprinkle with chocolate buttons (these are optional but we had some so I threw them in! Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least an hour to chill.
Pre- heat the oven to 180 degrees and then cook for 40 minutes or until the custard is firm and the top is brown and crispy.
Serve with your choice of ice cream, custard or whipped cream!
This can be eaten cold the next day if you wish!