Tin Can Pancakes

Make your own mini stove and whip up a batch of delicious but tiny pancakes.

You will need

  • Tin cans

  • Tin openers

  • Screwdrivers

  • Tea lights

  • Matches

  • Plates

  • Bowls

  • Spoons

  • Knives

  • Ingredients, see below

  • Heat-proof gloves


  • 100grams of flour

  • 1 egg

  • milk

  • oil

  • sugar and toppings (if you'd like to make a sweet pancake)

Make a tin can stove

  1. Make sure the tin can is empty, clean and dry. Take off any labels and check there’s no coating on the inside. Watch out for sharp edges on the open end of the can (the bottom of the can).

  1. Use the tin opener (or hammer and nail) to carefully punch some holes in the side of the can near the top (the end that’s still covered). Punch the holes all the way around. If you’re using a hammer and nail, slide the can onto a piece of secured timber so that the can stays still and the nail goes into the wood (instead of your hand!).

  1. Gently place the screwdriver into each hole and wiggle it to make the holes a bit bigger. This will make sure enough oxygen circulates around the candle.

  1. Repeat steps two and three at the bottom of the can.

  2. Put the tea light on a plate and put the tin can stove over the tea light. Don’t light the tea light until you’re ready to use the stove.

Make pancake batter

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the oil (and vanilla extract, if you’re using it).

  2. Gradually add the milk and mix it in. You may not need all of it – keep mixing and stop adding the milk when the batter’s the perfect consistency.

Cook the pancakes

  1. Use the matches to light the tea light and gently put the tin can stove on top.

  2. Add some oil to the top of the can and let it heat up. Remember, once you set the stove up it will be hot. Don’t touch it with your bare hands.

  1. Test whether the oil’s hot enough by putting a dot of batter onto the tin can. If the oil’s ready, the dot of batter will start to cook. Remove it with a table knife.

  2. Pour about a teaspoon of batter onto the top of the tin can stove. Once bubbles come to the surface, work the table knife around the edges of the pancake to loosen it so you can flip it over. If you need to hold the can steady, use a glove to protect your hand.

  1. Continue to flip the pancake over to make sure it cooks evenly on both sides. Once the pancake’s cooked, use the table knife to remove it. Once you’ve cooked your pancakes, add your favourite topping and taste them.