If you’re looking to make your honey a special dessert on Valentine’s Day, this Mini Strawberry Layer Cake is the perfect treat for two! It’s easy to get just the right size cake by repurposing an empty tomato can as a baking pan. With a few embellishments to a boxed cake mix and a simple homemade topping, you’ll have a beautiful and delicious cake.
- 3 28 oz Empty tin cans
- I Box white cake mix
- 3 Eggs
- ½ C. Vegetable oil (or according to box directions)
- 1 C. Water or 1 C. Strawberries (or according to the amount of liquid on box directions)
- Strawberries for garnish
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- Strawberry jam
- ½ C. Sour cream
- ½ tsp. Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Strawberry jam
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Grease and flour the tin cans.
- Mix cake according to box directions. If desired use strawberries to substitute the water called for in the recipe. Use the exact same amount of liquid. (For example, 1 cup pureed strawberries for 1 cup water).
- Fill tin cans about halfway full.
- Place cans on top of a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let it cool in the can for 5 to 10 minutes before removing it.
- Run a knife around the perimeter of the cake on the inside of the pan to loosen and then turn the can over to slide the cake out.
- Let it cool completely on the wire rack before frosting it.
- Mix topping ingredients.
- Slice each cake into thirds using a long serrated knife. If your cake comes out with a sort of dome shape on top, slice it off so the top piece of cake is completely flat.
- Spread the strawberry jam between each layer of cake for filling. Do not put it on the top of the cake.
- Spread topping on top of the cake and add garnish if you’d like with strawberries, edible glitter, or sprinkles.
*This recipe yields 3 mini cakes.
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If you love delicious homemade desserts but don’t have a lot of time to bake all day, this Mini Strawberry Layer Cake is the perfect dessert for you. It’s simple, easy, and inexpensive to make. While this cake is great for a special occasion, it’s so easy, you can make it any day of the week.
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Do you ever use tin cans to make cakes? What size can do you use? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
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