In case you haven't noticed, I love using left overs to make something new. Sean often complains that he is the only one who eats leftovers in our house. Hes wrong... Ill always eat left over risotto, mac and cheese, pizza, do you see the pattern here? If its covered in cheese it's totally worth eating again. Otherwise I am generally on to the next craving by the next day. Cake is no exception to this rule.
This recipe is made from my Famous Apartment Pound Cake, which I often have in the house. You can also feel free to use left over cinnamon roll birthday cake, angel food cake, biscuits or any other cakes you have on hand. It's also got a juicy layer of peaches soaked in amaretto and luscious layers of fresh whipped cream. Can left overs get any better?
Start by chopping up the left over cake and ripe peaches into small cubes. Then it was time for booze... pour some Amaretto or any of your favorite sweet liquor over the peaches and let them marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. If you have some little kiddos involved this is totally optional. If you don't want to add the booze, stir in one tablespoon of sugar and let them marinade in it for the same amount of time.
Next get going on some fresh whipped cream. Want a tip for speedy whipped cream? Always whip cream in a metal bowl with a metal whisk. Electric mixer will work best, but you can totally do this by hand with a large balloon whisk and some elbow grease. (no actual grease required.) (OK, I'll stop while I'm ahead.)
The key to fast and easy whipped cream is putting the metal bowl and whisk into the fridge to chill for two or three minutes before starting. It's so simple but it will really speed the process up and result in a better whipped cream ;)
When the peaches are nice and syrupy Your jar is ready for layering. You can make these in individual jars, you can make one large trifle, or you can even put the ingredients out in the center of the table and allow your guest to put it together themselves. Less work for you and its fun and interactive.
Peaches and Cream Dream Jar
Made with leftover cake, ripe fruit, sweet liquor, and fresh whipped cream.
1 Cup cold heavy cream
2 Tablespoons confectioners sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 Cups left over cake (cubed)
2 to 3 Ripe Peaches
2 Tablespoons of Amaretto OR 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
Cut cake and peaches into small cubes and set aside in separate bowls.
Pour Amaretto over peaches and let marinade for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.* Stir a few times while marinading.
Beat cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla in a large metal bowl with the metal whisk attachment for 1-2 minutes or until soft peaks form.** Set aside.
Start layering the jars with cake first, second peaches, third cream. Repeat one more time ending with a heaping dollop of cream. Garnish with a few chunks of cake, peaches and drizzle with any left over amaretto peach mixture to finish.
*If you are making this for kids: replace amaretto with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
** Chill bowl and whisk for best results.
These leftovers will never go to waste.