Cake in a Can

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Cake in a Can

December 6, 2014

If there’s a new easy way to bake a cake, boy, are we ready to hear about it. This one is our latest dessert discovery: Cake in a Can. A company called Food Ministry has invented a cake you literally bake in a can: you just add water to the mix, then pour the batter back into the can for baking. The result is a little round cake, the perfect size for one person. You can eat your cake straight from the can or pop it out onto a plate. Suddenly we can toss 6 or 8 of these in a bag and bring them anywhere. The cakes come in different flavors, such as chocolate, coffee cake, spicy chocolate, lemon, and red velvet. So if you’re having a party and can’t decide what flavor cake to make, just make a cake-in-a-can in each person’s favorite flavor, and everyone will be happy!

Wee ones: If you try 1 of every flavor – chocolate, coffee, chili, lemon, and red velvet – how many cakes do you try?

Little kids: If you buy 2 chocolate cakes, 3 lemon cakes and 3 coffee cakes, how many cakes in a can did you get?  Bonus: If you stick a birthday candle in 1/2 of them, how many cakes get candles?

Big kids: If it takes just 2 minutes to stir water into the batter, then you bake the cake-in-a-can from 3:16 pm to 3:27 pm, how long did the whole cake-baking take?  Bonus: If you throw a party for 20 people and serve everyone either a chocolate or a lemon cake, and there are 3 times as many chocolate cakes as lemon, how many of each do you serve?




Wee ones: 5 flavors.

Little kids: 8 cakes.  Bonus: 4 cakes.

Big kids: 13 minutes (2 to mix, 11 to bake).  Bonus: 15 chocolate, 5 lemon.

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About the Author

Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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