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Mini Cakes DIY

It was Roman’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to make him a cake but we don’t have any cake pans. I remembered seeing this article where you could use a tin can to bake a cake so I decided to try it. It was really really easy and the cakes turned out very little and sweet.

To make the cakes:

Step 1. Remove paper from the empty can and clean it. Grease and flour the inside of the can. To bake fill can a little over half full with batter. I baked these at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes but my oven is not consistent so make sure you check them by dipping in a toothpick until it comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely before removing.

Step 2.  After you remove the cakes use a bread knife and cut off the rounded top. Then cut the cakes into little layers. Be very careful to cut them flat and even.

Step 3. To frost pipe a thick line of frosting around the very edge of the cake. Then with a wet knife smooth over the frosting to make it consistent and go all the way to the edge. Gently place the next layer on top and repeat until you are finished. Pipe the top of the cake with frosting and smooth with a wet knife.

all photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

ps: How to make that polka dot print and Roman’s birthday last year.

  1. Aya

    February 15, 2012

    These are so cute. What a sweet mama you are.

  2. Amy

    February 15, 2012

    Great idea!!

  3. Judy@ cute and useful

    February 15, 2012

    So cute! So pleased that all you have to do is pour the batter in the can! Do you have a source for the frosting piping container. Looks a lot easier and less messy than the one where you twist the bag.

  4. maggie

    February 15, 2012

    These are so cute! I wonder about baking with cans because of the BPA issue? Does anyone know if that’s a danger?

  5. Liz @ Bella Vita

    February 15, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Roman! These are so cute. I’m inspired to get in the kitchen.

  6. Sarah @

    February 15, 2012

    Wow, this looks sooo awesome and it’s so easy too! You rock. Seriously. Super mom =)

    – Sarah

  7. kristi

    February 15, 2012

    amaze! i love this! I can’t wait to try!! :)

  8. Carrie

    February 15, 2012

    LOVE these!!! Totally want to make them!

  9. beautywoome

    February 15, 2012

    What a cool way to make little cakes for everyone… I always think of making individual servings of anything to be so tedious but this looks the opposite. Frosting them doesn’t look bad either. So sweet… a DIY I’ll be printing up and putting in my files!

  10. rosaundlimone

    February 15, 2012

    Oh great idea, we love these cute birthday cakes!!!!!

  11. Andrea Freeman

    February 15, 2012

    Absolutely love the little cakes! So inventive! And Roman – just want to eat him up. :)

  12. Kayleigh

    February 15, 2012

    So cute! These would be perfect for me – I don’t exactly have an oven (long story-ish) and have one of that toasters that also bakes. These would be a snap to make!!

  13. Orchid

    February 15, 2012

    Wow!! What an original way to bake a cake! I’ll have to try that sometime. Thanks for the idea!

  14. Sue

    February 15, 2012

    You can make them in canning jars too, ice them when cool and then put on the lids and bands and then they travel really well. Perfect for picnics and sack lunches (my kids know to bring the jars home so I can make more)

  15. Betty

    February 15, 2012

    WOW!! You are so creative and resourceful. I will definitely recreate these mini cakes. I discovered your blog/website through blonde designs blog … and have been following you for over a year now. Your team posts are beyond inspiring!!! I hope Paris has exceeded your expectations. I love that city.

  16. julia

    February 15, 2012

    Oh i love this! And I love how simple it is.

  17. Laura

    February 15, 2012

    I was wondering about the BPA issue too and baking with the cans. I love the idea though!

  18. Marae

    February 15, 2012

    you genius!

  19. paola@love+cupcakes

    February 15, 2012

    Those cakes are so cute! I’ve been dying to try baking in a can, I must do it!

  20. LARY @ Inspiration Nook

    February 15, 2012

    LOVE this! How cool! Hope you guys had a blast!

  21. kim

    February 15, 2012

    a list of cans that do/don’t use BPA in them

  22. dani leigh

    February 15, 2012

    i just did this for valentine’s day last night! but instead of the tin can i used my biscuit cutters and layered my cake rounds.

  23. chiara

    February 15, 2012

    so clever AND so cute! love this!

  24. Bethany

    February 15, 2012

    so cute! my friend did something really similar for a girls’ valentine’s day lunch and personalized each one for all 8 of us!…

  25. Dawn

    February 15, 2012

    I love this idea! So very cute. Definitely going to try this out.

  26. Chloé Fleury

    February 15, 2012

    Super idée! J’adore!!!

  27. jen

    February 15, 2012

    Love these! I used to do this for baking mini panettone to give out at Christmastime.

  28. Caddy

    February 16, 2012

    Cakes in a can! How cool and I love your icing tips. How cool that you can speak Portuguese! I studied Spanish off and on for years but I still know only very basic words and phrases.

  29. Jess

    February 16, 2012

    These are the cutest cakes! It looks like it only makes a small amount- thats very important too since it’s just two of us here.

  30. Tan

    February 16, 2012

    This is SO amazing! I can’t wait to try it, with or without a birthday!

  31. Mary

    February 16, 2012

    i’m doing this for my next party!

  32. jeuno

    February 16, 2012

    Awesome! Those are so, so cute, and I love the continuation of words across the cakes. You’re the best mom! I can’t wait to try this. xox

  33. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    February 16, 2012

    These are so amazing! I made cinnamon rolls or my daughter’s first birthday but I wish I’d made these! They are so cute!


  34. Katy

    February 16, 2012

    Do you worry about BPA’s from the can’s lining getting into the cakes?

    Not to be a debbie downer, but BPA is an endocrine disruptor that can have effects on the brain and behavior of children and infants in particular. This is the reason they tell you not to microwave plastic tupperware, so I would think baking a can lined with BPA might have the same effect.

    From the National Institutes of Health:

  35. Sasha

    February 16, 2012

    ~~~~~~~~~H*A*P*P*Y B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y R*O*M*A*N! :):):):)~~~~~~~~~~~
    (simply darling cakes!)

  36. Jessica @ The Desert Abode

    February 17, 2012

    How cute! :)

    I’ve done this with banana bread before simply because I ran out of mini loaf pans. Making a layer cake out of it makes it look so much sweeter, though!

  37. Tibi Osorio

    February 17, 2012

    By using dental floss you can cut evenly the cakes, I used it al the time.

    I love to read your blog!!

    Have a nice week-end.


  38. Dariela

    February 17, 2012

    How pretty!! Love this idea and love the back art you made, I hadn’t seen it before, I might do something like this for our place, thanks!!

  39. JFR

    February 17, 2012

    wow love ur idea next tym am gonna do dat sure

  40. Samriti

    February 17, 2012

    i totally love it….more than cake i love the candles :)

  41. Keiko

    February 18, 2012

    Hi Jordan, both of the links in your “p.s’ link to the potato print art…

  42. bevy

    February 18, 2012

    these look better than a regular cake anyway, especially for the little guy. BTW, his name totally reminds me of a Days of Our Lives soap character from back in my high school days. too cool.

  43. Vanessa

    February 18, 2012

    I’ve seen this before and always wanted to give it a try. They came out adorable! :)

  44. SweetWoman

    February 20, 2012

    Happy Birthday! Love this thank yu for reminding me about he can cakes..I had forgotten! looking great!

  45. eatblogpray

    February 20, 2012

    This is awesome! totally tried it w/ brownies!

  46. amanda

    February 21, 2012

    VERY cute idea. I’d be concerned though with the BPA lining in cans and baking in them since BPA leaches with heat. I wonder if there is another option for a safer, similar result?

  47. Audrey

    February 22, 2012

    This is so fun and simple!
    I’ll for sure try it out!
    But can you use any old tin can?


  48. Rachel Root

    February 28, 2012

    I tried this last weekend for my friend’s birthday. I made lemon cake batter from scratch, but I filled the cans too high and they looked like little volcanos in the oven :) Luckily, I had a chocolate cake mix in my cupboard, and I gave it a second try. Everyone love them :) I posted them on my blog, if you want to see them Thanks for the inspiration!

  49. Geni

    February 28, 2012

    LOVE THIS! So glad you gave us a step-by-step with photos! Saw this on Pinterest…

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