Making Pancakes On a Tin Can

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August 19, 2019

Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - pancake on can topThis is a fun camping and summertime cooking project. You don't need a pan and a stovetop to make pancakes. Try using a tin can and tealight candles. Electricity-free and delicious fun for all!


You can use any pancake batter of your choice. I just made a super simple one here. You can add any mix-ins, but keep them on the small side.

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tin can (the larger it is, the wider the pancake)
  • can opener
  • nail
  • hammer
  • tealight candles
  • 1 lighter
  • butter knives
  • cooking oil
  • spoon
Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - supplies


  1. Start by making your pancake batter. In a bowl, mix together the egg and milk, then stir in the flour until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - mix batter
  3. Analyze your tin can by checking which end will be better for cooking your pancakes on. Mine was smoother on the bottom.
  4. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - decide which end of your can you will cook on

  5. Open the can from the end you don't want to cook on. Dump out and reserve (or eat) whatever is in the can.
  6. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - open and empty from the other end
  7. Peel the label off the can then use soap and water to deep clean the inside and outside of the can, especially the cooking surface. Dry thoroughly.
  8. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - peel off the label and wash the can with soap and water
  9. You will need to make holes in the can in order for there to be air flow. If you don't, the candle flames will just go out. If your can opener has a hook blade, just use that to go around and make holes. Otherwise, hammer a nail in very carefully to make holes.
  10. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - make holes in the can to ensure air flow

  11. Go around the top and bottom of the tin to make several holes.
  12. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - make holes around the top and bottom of the can
  13. I placed some butter knives around my candles for the tin to sit on to allow for a bit more airflow for the flames. Light the candles.
  14. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - butter knives placed around the candles for the can to sit on for even more air flow, light the candles
  15. Grease the cooking surface of the can, then place the it on the knives, over the candles. Spoon on a bit of pancake batter.
  16. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - grease the can and set it on the knives over the candles
  17. After a couple minutes, you'll notice the pancake has cooked. Grab a butter knife. This will be your mini spatula.
  18. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - allow pancake to cook

  19. Lift the edges of the pancake to make sure it's ready to flip, then turn over and cook a couple more minutes.
  20. Making Pancakes On a Tin Can - use a butter knife as a mini spatula, lift edges to make sure it is ready to turn - turn and finish cooking
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