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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - John McCallum is a small town boy with big dreams. And getting accepted into Harvard was just the beginning. We caught up with the Farmerville native, who may be on the verge of inventing the next big thing in baked goods.

The idea sounds so simple; cake batter in a spray can. But no one has actually done it, until now.

"I took a class called the science of cooking. It was a really fun class. For the class we had to do a final project, and I wanted to use as much cake as possible working on my final project. So I combined some concepts we learned about baking and whipped cream and created Spray Cake. It was really that simple," McCallum said. 

McCallum is a 20-year-old Harvard student.  Along with a partner, McCallum entered his new product in the 2014 Harvard Innovation Challenge.

They won and received $10,000 to help put their invention on store shelves.

"It’s going to go toward buying machinery and after that just producing the first few runs to get those in stores," McCallum said.

He said there was a similar product for pancakes. But even with demand, the company unfortunately went out of business. 

"Our product for instance doesn't need baking soda or baking powder because it rises right off the can, which means you have a lot more creative liberty,” McCallum said.  

McCallum said he will put his energy into fully developing Spray Cake this summer and see where it takes him. He said he plans to finish school, but he's not opposed to joining Harvard's list of successful drop outs such as Bill Gates.

McCallum said right now Spray Cake only has a test canister. He said they should have more of a finished product in the next few months and he hopes to have it on shelves by the end of the summer.
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