One of my internship goals is to come up with ways to use up the large amounts of cake trimmings we discard each week. Every cake layer we bake gets leveled (so it’s nice and flat) and the excess goes in the trash can. My fellow intern actually created the goal for the both of us, which may explain why I have some ambivalence about what really can be done with the scraps. As the owner pointed out, the cake may not cost anything for us to use, but any additional ingredients we employ to create a sellable product will.
Misgivings aside, the cake scrap goal remains, so I experimented with making cake balls out of my own cake scraps at home. Basically you crumble up some cake, smoosh the crumbs with some icing, and pack the mixture into balls. After freezing the balls (so they are firmer and easily to work with), you dip them in melted coating chocolate and let set. If you want to make cake pops, you follow the same procedure, but place the balls on sticks (I know, kinda obvious… duh).
I was rather unenthused about this whole experiment as I suspected that making cake balls is too labor intensive and costly a way to repurpose the cake scraps. But… surprise, surprise — the cake balls are YUMMY! I used yellow cake with canned (sorry, I’m a busy girl) vanilla icing, and dipped them in melted Wilton Candy Melts. I still don’t know if they are a good fit for the bakery, but they’ll make a delicious treat for my circle.