Saturday, February 10, 2018

Valentine's Cake In A Can

Sue and I realized we haven't done anything really fun for Valentine's Day for a while and wanted to try and remedy that. I came across a post on Pinterest that showed a woman baking a birthday cake in a can and things kind of snowballed from there. 
I didn't want to bake the cake in the can as I wasn't sure how to tell if it was actually safe to do that. I decided to bake the cake separately and then place it in the can after. It worked like a charm. 
You could use any kind of cake and frosting you like - being this was for Valentine's I went with chocolate and more chocolate. 
This is a super fun way to make treats for someone special and is totally customizable. I used Word to print my labels but you could also just cut paper and have the kids draw their own art on each label for a perfect gift for Gramma and Grampa.  

Valentine's Cake In A Can

Ingredients (non-edible)
7 cans with a "pop top"
7 can labels
7 forks
hot glue gun with glue sticks

Ingredients (edible)
2 cups chocolate frosting
2 cups sixlets (or sprinkles)

Using a can opener, remove the BOTTOMS of the cans. Pour the contents into a bowl to use for something else. (Make sure you use canned fruit cans. You don't want any lingering weird flavors in your cake from soup or something.) Wash and dry the cans. Be sure to hang on to the bottoms that you removed, you will need them after the cake is placed inside. 

Use a cookie cutter the same size as the opening in the can to cut out your cake.

Assemble the cakes: 1. divide the sixlets between the cans evenly.  

2. Pipe in icing to cover the candies.

3. Place one of the cake circles you cut out in the can and lightly press down. Top with a bit more icing.

4. Cut a second round of cake in half and press half down lightly on top of the frosting. Your cake should come as close to the rim of the can as possible. 

5. Place the bottom of the can on top and then carefully run a bead of hot glue around the outside to hold the lid in place. 
Don't worry if the glue looks messy. It is on the bottom and you won't see it. (NOTE - if you don't have a glue gun you can put an "X" with tape across the bottom of the can to hold the tin in place. Any tape on the sides of the can will be covered with the label.) Let glue cool and solidify before turning cans over. 

Place the labels on the can using a small bit of hot glue. You can also use tape if you don't have a glue gun. Tie a fork to each can using a bit of ribbon. 

How cute are they?
But wait, they get even cuter when you open them. 

Let's go in for a closer look, shall we?

All those tasty candies hiding what lies beneath....

Ooooooh.... so much chocolate. 

I could just crawl right in there. 

These cakes in a can were part of what we donated to a local bake sale fundraiser. They are a fabulous idea for bake sales! Something a little different from the normal cupcakes and muffins. 
Make these for the kids, your significant other, friends, or even for yourself. 
Change the label and they are good for all sorts of celebrations - the possibilities are endless!

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