Two Harvard students have invented a new way to satisfy your craving for cake — and it comes in a can.
They call it Spray Cake, an aerosol can of pre-made cake batter that’s pressurized and ready to dispense microwavable cake at a moment’s notice. That’s right, you spray the batter directly from the can into whatever shape you please, throw it in the microwave, and in minutes you have something resembling a cake.
You can’t exactly call it instant cake, but it’s pretty close. Unlike other easy bake alternatives, you don’t have to waste precious cake eating time mixing ingredients or waiting for the oven to finish baking. “You can simply pull it off the shelf, make one cupcake, then put it back in the fridge and it won’t go bad,” Nowakowski told the Boston Globe.
Inspiration and Experimentation
According to McCallum, the idea for Spray Cake came to him while pondering potential ideas for his upcoming final project for his cooking class. At the time, he recalled a recent lecture on the molecular interaction that causes cake to rise and wondered if the propellant gases in aerosol cans could carry out the same reaction.
With help from Nowakowski, McCallum began testing the idea in his dorm room. They experimented by combining aerosol with several different recipes until they hit on the right formulation.
The Taste Test
It may look like a cake. But how does it taste?
To answer that question, Joanne Chang, esteemed pastry chef and owner of Flour bakeries in Boston, was brought in for a taste test. The results? Overall, she approved of the test cupcake but did mention that it could use more salt.
The Future of Cake?
While it’s a pretty nifty idea, it’s hard to say whether or not the product will take off once introduced to the market.
It definitely seems to fill a niche desire for super convenient cake consumption. But with the current availability of cake powders and more gourmet options for overnight delivery, Spray Cake is unlikely to signal the future of cake.
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