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Diet Soda + Cake Mix = How does this Work??

Ok---so my friend who is doing Weight Watchers told me about this recipie to make a 1 point treat. It is simply 1 can diet soda + 1 package cake mix (any kind) mix together, pour into muffin tins bake at 350 for 20 mins or so and voila a 1 point cupcake.

Now I'm not on WW but I was intregued by this, so I got a cheapie box of chocolate cake mix, added 1 can diet Cherry Coke and lo and behold a cupcake....

I'm so wierded out by this? How does this work with no eggs/milk/oil?

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  1. I believe that when boxed cake mixes were first sold, they only called for water, but people didn't trust them or felt they weren't doing enough and they didn't sell well. Once they called for eggs/milk/oil they sold better. These were not needed, but didn't hurt. I'm not positive this is still the case, but think it probably is.

    1. Warm Delights (the little microwave cakes) only call for water, so I would say that theory isn't far off.

      I heard a morning radio show test this out with orange soda and white cake mix. They said it was good, just a little sweet.

      1. I wonder if you could mix a little soda with powdered sugar for icing.

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        1. re: yayadave

          Another variation on this is one box of cake mix (white, yellow or spice) with a 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix) to make pumpkin muffins. Don't need to add anything else. The dough comes out pretty sticky but I used an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tins. Calories and fat are low and the pumpkin is good for you. Delicious.

        2. I just learned this in WW too, made a wonderful butterscotch cake with diet 7-up. Shockingly Delish!!! I want to do angel food cake mix with diet orange - does Angel Food work as well? I love the pumpkin idea too, lots of fiber. Hungry Girl has a nice pie and brownie recipe using this method of lowering cals and fat (on her website).

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          1. re: lexpatti

            I just found this site so someone may have already suggested this to you'......... You can add 1 full size can of crushed pineapple to an Angel Food cake mix and cook as stated on the package in an angel food cake pan . It will rise like it should and taste like pineapple. It's really good and moist.

            1. re: cyndamarie

              Sorry, I'm a little slo, but I want to get this right. Are you saying just mix angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple or are you saying to mix an angel food cake mix per instructions and then add a can of crushed pineapples? Sounds good, whatever. Wonder if adding some toasted, chopped walnuts and chopped cherries would be good.

              1. re: yayadave

                Yes, all you do is add a can of crushed pineapple including the juice, the
                bigger size can, to a box of Angel Food cake mix. Put it in an Angel Food cake
                pan, the one with the tube in the middle, and bake as you usually would. Add nothing more than the can of crushed pineapple and it's juice.
                It's so good.....

                1. re: cyndamarie

                  Be careful of the angel food mix you buy: it must be one (I THINK B. Crocker) that calls for only water. Instead of water, do the pineapple. You can also do it with cherry pie fillings, and lots of other flavors. It's a WW staple, may take some getting used to the flavor/texture.

          2. For anyone who's tried this -- how's the texture of the resulting cake? I was just wondering the other day about ways to bake off cheap cakes to practice my frosting technique, and with cake mix available on sale for $1, this sounds like a good way to go. (I'm expecting a bunch of terrible results at first, so want to have no qualms about pitching the cakes!)

            lexpatti, angel food cake is made entirely with egg whites, so it's naturally lower-cal. The mixes only call for water. In my experience, the mixes are also pretty terrible, so you may want to give it a try from scratch.

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            1. re: dtremit

              good to know, I hadn't even read what you normally add to angel food cake. Might make it too sweet too, as angel food is pretty.

              I did find (for your frosting experiments) that it was soo light and fluffy that my knife pulled up some cake when I tried to cut it - so just be careful as your frost.

              1. re: dtremit

                Hi there,

                My Mom decorated cakes for many years. She practiced on anything flat...cardboard, the kitchen counter. She never used a cake, unless someone was going to eat it.

                1. re: dtremit

                  Oh my gosh, this is delicious!! If youve never tried it, u must!! The resulting texture is extremely moist and dense, oh so good for being relatively fat-free! May i suggest using chocolate cake mix with diet cream soda?

                  1. re: shortmama

                    I made cupcakes using a chocolate cake mix and diet cream soda, and they came out really well. I did them around the holidays, and made a cream cheese frosting, using fat free cream cheese and lite butter, and sprinkled crushed candy canes on top. They were pretty and tasted good.

                  2. re: dtremit

                    When you DO frost a cake, try putting it in the freezer first. When my sister decorated cakes, she ALWAYS left them in the freezer for a week before she would touch them. She double-wrapped them in plastic wrap and almost always had one in the freezer.