Sometimes we see a project and think, "That's so cool and crafty! We have to try it!" But sometimes, we see a craft and think, "That's kinda goofy... We have to try that!" So it went with our Tin Can Cakes.
We saw the picture below floating around Pinterest and thought it was soooo cute!Ok, so rummaging around the recycling bin to do a little baking may be a little odd, but after a little research we realized that other, more talented bakers use this technique when building sculptural cakes to make things like tree trunks and castle towers. For us, it was more a matter of, "Can you really bake a cake in a tin can? Really??" Turns out you can!
What You Need:
- Clean, dry tin cans, labels removed
- Cooking spray
- Cake batter
We'll start by warning you that our attempt at Tin Can Cakes did not turn out as picture-perfect as the ones that had originally inspired us. But we decided it was better to be honest in our posting and maybe someone can learn from our mistakes. Or at least have a good laugh!
First, preheat your oven to 350 (or whatever your cake batter recipe calls for). Then spray your cans with the cooking spray and then coat the insides with flour. Place them on a cookie sheet. We decided to only make two cakes in cans and used the leftover batter for cupcakes.
Pop your tray into the oven . The original recipe said to let them bake 15 minutes. We started checking on ours after about 20 minutes, but they weren't fully set and done until about 45 minutes. When they were finally done we realized that perhaps we filled our cans a wee bit too much.
Once they were done a toothpick inserted came out clean, pull the tray out of the oven. Let them sit in their cans for at least 10 minutes, if not more. We didn't wait that long... Mistake #2 (more on that in a minute). After you let them sit, run a butter knife around the edge of the first can - the cake should then slide out pretty easily. As we mentioned before, we didn't wait long enough and our first cake was still too hot and wouldn't stand up. The second one did much better!
So there you have it: our adventure with tin can baking. They may not be pretty but we had a lot of fun! The moral of the story is "When life hands you ugly, falling over tin can cakes, slather them in frosting...."