Beer Can Cake




Wanna bake something but don't have a pan? Tired of those hippies scolding you for not recycling? Want an adorable way to serve your next (insert baked dessert here)? Or do you just want to stick it to the man? Don't fret, your friendly aluminum can is here to save the day!

Thanks to the magic of mass production, we now have liquids available in cans. Until now it was believed that these cans were only good for recycling and shooting off of fence posts, but finally Awesome Co. Inc. is here to offer you the opportunity to discover a state of the art method for cooking baked goods such as cake and loafs.

*Note* According to aluminum can manufacturers, there is a plastic lining in the can. This could pose a 'possible' heath risk by heating it above a certain temperature. I am not a doctor, nor a scientist, only a connoisseur of fine beer, food, and fun projects, so I cannot claim any such information to be safe nor dangerous. Enjoy at your own risk.

Things you'll need:

- Empty aluminum cans
- Cake or loaf mix
- A food-safe lubricant (oil, butter, grease, etc.)
- One hot oven
- Knife
- Scissors
- A serving plate, for you fancy folk

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Step 1: Consume Before Baking

Find a can of your favourite brew and finish that bad boy off. I prefer tall cans as they can hold more and you look like a bad ass whilst consuming. Using a heavy duty can opener (I use Lagostina, she's a beauty, but the company no longer makes can openers - RIP) and cut the top of the can off. Make sure the edges are clear of shrapnel, we don't want any boo-boos. Once all your cans are open rinse them well and dry them off, since you will probably need to grease the can later.

If you're really crazy you can add the beer and/or soda to your cake. You're crazy, aren't you? I knew it.

Step 2: Mix It Up

At this point you'll want to start mixing your batter, or finding a sucker to do it for you. Cake is good, but rises a lot which means you'll need to leave more space in each can, which means you'll need more cans, and hey, it's one more reason to keep drinking. I find loafs (banana chocolate chip, please!) and denser breads sit nicely.

Preheat your oven, mix that cake up, grease your cans and pour your batter inside. I usually fill each can about half-way for loafs and a little less than half for cakes, anymore and you're cruising for a nasty overflow. Now would be a great time to insert something special into the cake, like a candy center, or a chocolate bar, or diamonds (for all of you billionaires out there...send me some).

Step 3:

Now pop those delicious tubes of hearty grain into your oven and watch the magic happen. Cook time will vary depending on what you're making, but they will cook faster than a standard loaf or cake pan since they are significantly smaller. Put a baking pan underneath for easy removal and in case any of them spill over. No one likes a dirty oven.

Step 4: The Unsheathing

So you spent the entire time in front of your oven smelling that deliciousness that lies within, now what? Slide that pan out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes, but not too long, we still want them to be warm or the cans will shrink and make getting the cake out more difficult. If you were lucky there should be room for you to cut the top of the can off before the can curves; the middle of the can is the weakest and easiest to cut. First, go ahead and pierce a hole in your can in that area with a pin or a knife that you have neglected because it sucks. I use an old pair of scissors to cut the 'head' of the can off, then I cut a slit in the side and peel it away. If you greased it properly then it should come off easily, if not then you should go back to Home Ec. class and learn how to bake.

Step 5: A Dish Best Served Hot, and on a Plate, With a Napkin

Take that newborn cake of yours and slice er' up and dish it out. Congratulations, you just made beer can cake. Good for you, little buddy. Enjoy it, you earned it.

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    11 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been searching for something to use for a cake pan for baking in my crock pot!!!! This is it!!!! You are my HERO!!!

    1 reply

    Bakin' like a boss, my man.

    I think I wish to try this. Been itchin for something delicious and fun to make. I salute you. Also, just fyi, you are awesome for calling beer 'wobblypop.'


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder if you could put the cans upside down on a baking tray and pre-bake them. This would melt the plastic lining in the can off without it being baked into to bread. If there is a lining that is.

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I haven't tried pre-baking yet, but it may work. You may want to find someone more scientifically qualified than myself to make sure though.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Doing a quick google search.
    Most aluminum cans contain a plastic BPA liner. The boiling point of BPA is 428 F degrees. Didn't see anything about fumes being released.
    BPA is linked to: heart disease, diabetes, and male infertility.

    But it has been cleared by the FDA so it must be safe :)

    So as long as it does not cook at over 420 it should not melt. But not sure about fumes.

    Not trying to knock the instructable. It is a great idea. We just started a discussion about the liner and wanted to share what I found.
    Again I really like the instructable. Thanks for sharing.


    If this becomes a daily meal, there's a few not-so-great things about eating from an aluminum can: 1, 2, 3. Most notably, the plastic interior coating of the can is comprised of a bisphenol epoxy resin.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    These are true, it is probably a bad idea, but most of us make poor decisions after drinking a few wobbly-pops.


    7 years ago on Step 2

    What temp is the oven set at and how long do you leave it in there?? I want to try this for a party I'm having next weekend!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    For a loaf I bake at around 375° F for 35-45 mins. For a cake I bake at about 350° for 30-40 mins. It all depends on what you're baking, density, and the amount of ingredients you've used. Usually, I'll let it bake for about 30 mins then go check on it periodically.