zero-waste recipe: cake balls

by Elena Levati

You know how much I love the zero-waste cooking! This is a very important topic and for this reason I ‘ve dedicated to it a special section of the blog. So today we’re talking about recycling food leftovers and we’ll make together a delicious and super easy zero-waste recipe perfect to prepare along with your children: cake balls!

The cake balls are nothing more than stickless cake pops! Very useful idea to keep in mind whenever you have leftover plumcakes, sponge cake (but also pandoro and panettone).

zero-waste recipe: cake balls

Like in the cake pops recipe, leftovers are crumbled and mixed with spreads, jam or marmalade. Then we have to form the balls and, after a little rest in the fridge, we are ready to glaze them with chocolate or cover them with grains of dried fruit! Soon done!

I had already proposed two versions of cake balls in the past:

  • The first: my special Sacher bonbons! I used a base of Viennese cake, apricot jam to combine and dark chocolate to cover.
  • The second: dates back to 2014, these cake balls were made of chocolate plumcake leftovers, low-fat cinnamon and ginger yoghurt to combine and grated coconut to cover.

Today I’m offering you another cake ball recipe that made my daughters fall in love with: berries jam and white chocolate!

zero-waste recipe: cake balls

Yes, I know that in the picture you can also see a couple with milk chocolate: Olivia asked me for them with big doe eyes that I couldn’t resist! 😀

For the base, I used some plumcake leftovers that I had in the freezer from Christmas!

zero-waste recipe: cake balls

To combine I used wild berry jam and to cover white chocolate. Since my plumcake had a percentage of walnuts in the dough, I decided to decorate my cake balls with walnuts!


Ludovica adored them, Olivia has already asked me to redo them together, Alessandro definitely appreciated them and I… well I’m the one who has eaten the most until now 😀

Let’s go to the recipe!

A big hug,


zero-waste recipe: cake balls
cucina del riciclo: cake balls


Cake balls: a tasty zero-waste recipe, very easy and perfect to make with your children! The leftovers of cakes or plumcakes are running out of time!
Prep Time 15 mins
refrigeration 2 hrs
Course bonbons, Dessert
Cuisine Italiana
Servings 15 cake balls


  • 200 g leftover cake or plumcake or sponge cake
  • 3-4 tablespoons full of jam or marmalade I chose berries
  • 200 g white or dark or milk chocolate or a little of each one
  • 15 walnuts


  • Put cake leftovers in a bowl and crumble them with your hands.
  • Mix them with 3-4 tablespoons of jam until you get a malleable mix. Add the jam gradually in order to get the perfect texture.
  • Form balls of equal size and place them in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and use it to glaze the balls.
  • Cover the imperfections of the glazing with some chocolate and immediately complete each cake ball with 1 walnut.
  • Put in the fridge for at least 1 hour before enjoying!


Add the jam gradually in order to get the better texture: I can’t tell you a precise dose because all dependes on the type of cake you’re using as base.
Keyword bonbons, homemade bonbons, recycling food leftovers, zerowaste recipe

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