It would appear that no cake recipe is as easy to follow as the one printed on the back of a cake mix box.
Eggs, butter (or oil), water. Heat, beat, bake. Easy as cake from a box pie.
But there is something easier, dear cake-lovers. Swap all but the cake mix for a bottle of soda. As Youtuber Mind Over Munch instructs in her video, stir 12 ounces of a carbonated beverage into your prepackaged cake flour, plop the mixture into a pan and bake it in the oven as directed on the box. There you have it: Cake.
We’re all for baking complicated cakes — the kind that take precise measuring, delicate flavor pairings and fine-tuned focus. But this soda-plus-cake recipe can be justified: It does wonders for the time-pressed, cake-driven baker. And for a bit of bonus, the soda will cut the fat from the cake and, if you choose a low-calorie or diet beverage, the calories, too.
This particular recipe, which combines a Betty Crocker Super Moist White cake mix and 12 ounces of peach mango-flavored, no-calorie soda, contains 160 calories and 3 grams of fat per slice. The original recipe on the box contains 228 calories and 10 grams of fat. Not a bad reduction.
And the fruity vanilla flavored cake is only the start to the exciting taste combinations. The possibilities are endless, so we’ve racked our brain for some more artesianalsoda-cake pairings to try. Here’s what we came up with:
French Vanilla Cake Mix + Orange Soda = Creamsicle Cake
French Vanilla Cake Mix + Grape Soda = Purple Cow Cake
Strawberry Cake Mix + Vanilla Cream Soda = Strawberry Shortcake
Spice Cake Mix + Ginger Ale = Ginger Spice Cake
Dark Chocolate Cake Mix + Root Beer = Chocolate Root Beer Float
Cherry Chip Cake Mix + Dr. Pepper Cherry = Very Cherry Cherry Chip Cake
Devil’s Food Cake Mix + Diet Coke = Sinless Devil’s Food Cake
Lemon Cake Mix + Sprite = Zesty Lemon Cake
Do note: If you’re the type who refuses to eat cake without frosting, please, by all means, add frosting.