Meal Time Made Easy When #CansGetYouCooking

I am participating in this post on the behalf of ‘Cans Get You Cooking’ through a compensated campaign with Mom It Forward. 

A while back, I was invited by Mom It Forward to be a Canbassador. Being somewhat of a lazy cook, who has limited time in my day to devote to cooking, I jumped at the chance. Why? Because cans make cooking easier and so much faster ya’ll! A lot of the meals I cook at home feature at least one item from a can, including many of our favorite crockpot meals! So, sharing my love of cooking with canned food and how my pantry is always fully stocked with cans, making it a verifiable cantry, was a no brainer.

When you are running short on time, few things can help you out of the “What’s for dinner” bind than a few canned goods. The Cans Get You Cooking Pinterest and Facebook pages are great places to go to get inspiration and recipes for quick meals made with canned goods. In fact, the majority of our vegetables are canned, because when I buy fresh I constantly forget about them and we end up throwing away a lot of produce each week. Evidently, I am not alone in that fact, apparently 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits or vegetables two times per week! Not only that, but the fruits and vegetables in canned goods have been found to be just as healthy as fresh or frozen produce.

{Vanilla Pumpkin Pake with Almond Glaze}

I wanted to share an original recipe made with canned goods, so I put together a recipe for a pake. If you’ve seen Drop Dead Diva, you would know a pake is a mix of a pie and a cake, but I didn’t know it could exist, until I whipped up this recipe. This yummy treat has the consistency of a pie, but in cake form!


For the pake:

1 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 cans of 100% pumpkin
12 oz. can evaporated milk
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix

For the glaze:

1/4 c. butter (melted)
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 tbls. milk
1/2 tsp. almond extract


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large rectangular baking dish.

Step 2: Combine all of the ingredients for the pake mixture in a mixing bowl, and blend on high until smooth.

Step 3: Pour the mixture into your greased baking dish and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean before removing your pake from the oven.

Step 4: While the pake is in the oven, melt a 1/4 c. butter and mix in 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar and two tablespoons of milk until smooth. Add in Almond extract and mix for a few minutes longer.

Step 5: Let the pake cool from the oven for a few minutes and then poor the glaze over top. Let sit for several more minutes and allow the glaze to set before serving.

Want even more ideas on how Cans Get You Cooking? Visit their Youtube page for some great videos!

What is your favorite meal to make with canned goods?


  1. I use a lot of canned veggies, because it's quick, easy, economical, and nutritious. I've never heard of "pake" before, but love pumpkin… so I'm going to try this soon.

  2. Ha ha – I thought at first you misspelled, poke or cake – but I get it now! I love having canned foods on hand. I always have canned vegetable broth in my pantry for moisture in cooking recipes and canned vegetables are great because I don't have to think ahead to make them with dinner!

  3. This looks like the perfect fall dessert. We have to taste it around here since we won't feel until oh…December? LOL

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