Coffee Can Cake


Coffee Can Cake

Coffee Can Cake
50 Min

Our Coffee Can Cake is baked in an actual coffee can and made with a couple of tablespoons of coffee. Now this is what we call one of those "real" coffee cake recipes!

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ( stick) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 (16-ounce) clean metal coffee cans

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat inside of coffee cans with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine water, coffee, raisins, and baking soda. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add vanilla, egg, and cinnamon. Alternately stir in flour and cooled raisin mixture, mixing well. Fold in nuts. Evenly distribute batter betwen the 2 prepared coffee cans.
  4. Place both cans on a baking sheet and bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes then remove cake from cans by opening bottoms with a can opener and pushing them out the top of the cans. Slice and serve.


  • You could also bake this cake using 2 loaf pans.
  • Since this recipe makes two cakes, why not have one now and freeze the other one right in the can with the plastic coffee can lid on top? Then you're ready for the coffee klatch.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 12

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 232
  • Calories from Fat 55
  • Total Fat 6.1g 9 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.7g 14 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 3.3g 7 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 26mg 9 %
  • Sodium 147mg 6 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 42g 14 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4 %
  • Sugars 25g 0 %

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This sounds kinda dry--could maybe add some sour cream or yogurt? Anybody??

I saved a couple of larg size tomato cans greased them filled 2/3 full and they worked great!

I'm in talks with a mfg to produce "coffee can" baking canisters made specifically for baking without the harmful coatings. My questions are What would you be willing to pay? I'm thinking of selling in groups of 3. The CAD fee and the set up fee, so far, are running $350 combined. That's without the cost of materials/shipping. Also, what would you prefer to have it made out of? Steel? Stainless steel? A non-hazardous stick coating? Aluminum?

Are you seriously nuts? 350 u.s. dollars? Holy sh-t, I cant afford a food processor, let alone a canister. I work for pesos here. Come on!

can i use agava for sugar, replace sugar with agava syrup

While haven't tested this recipe using agave instead of sugar, we do think it would work. Just use about 3/4 cup of agave in place of 1-1/4 cups sugar. We'd love to hear how it turns out!

I bake all my quick breads such as banana bread & date nut bread in round cans. I have 16 oz coffee cans from years back. Also, Emerald walnuts used to come in round cans which I saved. I love having round slices instead of the regular rectangle slices. Beautiful.

This looks like the Boston Brown Bread my first Mother-in-Law used to make. I'll have to try it to see if tastes the same. Thanks for the ideas about using soup cans, veggie cans, etc. I'm thinking baked beans come in a variety of can sizes, so you could substitute any combination of sizes to make for gifts, etc. Can't wait to try this one! :-)

Are there any 1-pound cans of coffee these days? I think most of them are 13 oz.

Shorty61 Couldn't you use 15 or 16 ounce vegetable cans? Believe me I had the same question as you, until the light bulb went off. Hope this helps. grammaberr

Saved a couple of large whole tomatoes cans greased them and filled 2/3 full and they worked great!

I just checked--my Pedigree dog food cans are 22.04 oz. Think these would work. We dont buy veg in cans here (Mexico) the coffee we buy (Folgers) from Costco comes in super big plastic containers (876 grams).

Pumpkin puree comes in 15 oz cans also.

For Christmas holidays I used to bake this in soup cans and wrap up for gifts. Can even do different kinds of cans with chunky soups and progresso cans. Also used different kinds of quick bread mixes.

This sounds so good to have with a cup of morning coffee! Love all the tasty and easy recipes. An answer to [grammahari]; they do still sell coffee in cans, depends where you shop, but it was mentioned in the 'Notes' part of the recipe above, you can also use 'loaf pans.' It will be the same great taste, only a different shape :) Hope this helps you. Happy baking! sincerely, 'little ole' Ohio cook'

Where do you find metal coffee cans? I can only find coffee in bags or plastic cans. Is there anything you can substitute for the metal cans?

I remember when my mother would make this cake once a year. She would slice it and top with cream cheese. Cake was very good! I'll have to try it. Thanks for the memories and recipe!

I don't use metal coffee cans either. I wonder if this is a recipe you could bake in the wide mouth canning jars, filling only 1/2 full before baking??

Has anyone tried this using 3 vegetable cans?

to ursulayater...the recipe says two 16oz coffee cans!

This sounds great and tasty for a morning pick me upper with a good cup of coffee. I have a big problem with the coffee can the coffee I buy is in a plastic coffee can. Great Job watch you daily on KRCG Jefferson City, Missouri.

yes i like know size of coffee can to can you E amil me

What size coffe can do you use????


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