Fairy Cakes

Using a Jiffy cake mix (49 cents) and two empty cans, you can make delightful little cakes perfect for you and a friend, a child, or a fairy. The cans I use were from canned chicken breast and held about 10 oz. I have seen a variety of similar cans, but these particular cans are 3-7/8 inches across and 2-1/8 inches deep.  With anything smaller, I suggest that you use three cans.

To make (2 cakes): Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a can on waxed paper; draw around  and cut on the line to create a pan liner.  Make two. Grease the cans well with shortening. Place a liner into each can and smooth down. Then grease the liners. Prepare the Jiffy mix according to package instructions* and apportion batter into the two cans. Place both cans on a baking sheet, and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Take out of the oven and allow to almost completely cool. Loosen around the edge of the cakes with a tableknife, and upend.

I have sprinkled each cake with some powdered sugar and decorated with a sliced strawberry, but you could frost the cakes with buttercream frosting, or slice each cake across in two and spread with jam and then sprinkle with sugar, or encircle each cake with wildflowers, drizzle with chocolate, or . . . the sky is the limit here. Consult your inner fairy and see what you can create!

*This cake mix requires one egg white. I always hate to do this because it usually ends up wasting the yolk. So I separated the egg and placed the white in the bowl with the mix, and then put the yolk in a measuring cup, which I filled with water to the half cup measure. I mixed this and added it to the bowl. This made a lovely pale yellow cake.

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