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Gold32
02-12-2010, 11:20 AM
So for Valentine's Day I want to make my hubby and I a sweet treat that won't break the calorie bank. I've read up on taking a cake mix and replacing the eggs, oil, and everything else but the mix with either a can of diet soda, or a 15 oz can of pumpkin. I've heard they both work great but I can't pick between the two. Though the pumpkin would obviously provide more nutrition, I'm afraid it will be too dense.

For those of you who have experience with either of these methods, what would you recommend?


chickybird
02-12-2010, 11:23 AM
I'd go with pumpkin because of the nutrition. Have fun!

luckymommy
02-12-2010, 11:39 AM
I've never heard of this! I've heard that oil can be cut in half and substituted with apple sauce...or something like that. Maybe you could use the pumpkin, but not use the entire amount and then, put in some apple sauce to make it more moist? Just a thought....it would make for an interesting experiment. Please let us know how it turns out and if it is good....maybe you could post your recipe? :) But, I would personally try to avoid the soda....unless you drink it all the time anyway.


girl81
02-12-2010, 12:29 PM
Btwn those 2 choices, I'd go with diet soda for less calories.

Overall cake choices, I'd go for a sugar-free angel food cake.

Gold32
02-12-2010, 12:37 PM
I've never heard of this! I've heard that oil can be cut in half and substituted with apple sauce...or something like that. Maybe you could use the pumpkin, but not use the entire amount and then, put in some apple sauce to make it more moist? Just a thought....it would make for an interesting experiment. Please let us know how it turns out and if it is good....maybe you could post your recipe? :) But, I would personally try to avoid the soda....unless you drink it all the time anyway.

Which ever way I go, I will definitely post how it turns out!

ladyrider72472
02-12-2010, 12:52 PM
I do the pumpkin one and my family LOVES it. You do have to bake it longer as well, I add a can of water to the cake. I have not tried the diet soda cake. One thing you have to look out for is make sure you get the cake mix WITHOUT pudding already in it. This adds almost as much calories/fat/other stuff than it would if you baked it normal.

And, I have found the cupcakes come out better as opposed to the cake, but it is all good..... :)

Gold32
02-12-2010, 01:18 PM
ladyrider- Silly question. When you do cupcakes, how full do you fill the cups? I heard that with this method, the cake doesn't rise as much.

AnnieDrews
02-14-2010, 09:20 PM
I am trying the pumpkin idea with Jiffy brownie mix. They are in the oven right now. Fingers crossed it turns out and my sons can't taste the pumpkin!:p I'll let you all know how it works out!

AnnieDrews
02-14-2010, 10:27 PM
Well, they turned out. A little more like a moist cake than a brownie, but not bad.

2 boxes Jiffy brownie mix
15 oz. can plain pumpkin

Mix and spread into a sprayed 13x9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool and cut into 15 squares. (You won't think they are done, but as they cool, they set up.)

139 calories each

Gold32
02-15-2010, 09:50 AM
Awesome thought with the brownies! Yes, I think you can use pumpkin as a substitute for oil in almost anything.

As for me, I sent my hubby to the store and told him to pick whatever cake mix sounded good. If it was a light cake, we'd use Sprite Zero, and if it was a dark cake we'd use the pumpkin. He picked Cherry Chip, so Sprite Zero won. It turned out really, really well! The flavor was great. The only difference was with the texture. It stuck to your teeth more than regular cake. Maybe I mixed too hard/too long? Still, if that's the only down side to cutting out tons and tons of calories and fat, I'll take it! :D

AnnieDrews
02-15-2010, 03:06 PM
I did the brownies because the cake mixes, even with replacing oil and eggs w/ pumpkin, still had more calories than I wanted to spend.

Gold32
02-18-2010, 04:42 PM
Well, I've never been a big chocolate lover (you'd think I'd be skinnier then, huh? lol) so I don't know nutrition on brownies as well. If they are lower in calories naturally than cake, I'll have to give them a try!

AnnieDrews
02-18-2010, 06:44 PM
Well, I've never been a big chocolate lover (you'd think I'd be skinnier then, huh? lol) so I don't know nutrition on brownies as well. If they are lower in calories naturally than cake, I'll have to give them a try!

Well, the mix was lower in calories (at least the Jiffy brand brownie mix). The serving size is usually smaller, too.

I have really enjoyed these as a treat.

DoingMyBest79
02-02-2013, 04:27 PM
I had wanted to try the diet soda cake mix for awhile. Finally tried it yesterday, and it turned out AWFUL! I used yellow cake mix and a can of Sprite Zero, and the texture was gummy and not cake-like at all.

The raw batter wasn't too bad, but the baked cake was inedible. I was actually glad it turned out so badly, because I was able to throw it away! Better in the garbage than on me!

Renwomin
02-02-2013, 05:36 PM
A couple of weeks ago I made some brownie muffins with a box of sugar free devils food cake mix and a can of pumpkin. It made 12 HUGE muffins that were only 140 calories a piece. They come out a bit chewy in consistency but not bad. My husband didn't really like them though. Probably with the pumpkin AND the sugar mix it created a little too much of an "off" taste for a normal palate. It was a bit odd to have the chocolate taste without the richness that usually accompanies chocolate desserts. I was pretty happy with them though.

Next time I'm going to try a sugar free vanilla mix. I think that will compliment the pumpkin better.

devadiva
02-02-2013, 08:23 PM
You can use Greek yogurt and cake mix look on Internet turns out great!

sontaikle
02-03-2013, 01:33 AM
I made pumpkin muffins with vanilla cake mix and pumpkin once. Too sweet for me but my family loved them.

Psychic
02-03-2013, 05:19 AM
My mom is diabetic and makes cupcakes with a box of devil's food cake and a can of pumpkin. They are delicious and moist. Can't even taste the pumpkin.

DoingMyBest79
02-03-2013, 10:17 AM
Has anyone had success using applesauce instead of oil in a cake mix? If so, what proportions did you use?

Maybe that would work better than the diet soda, lol.

Renwomin
02-07-2013, 10:58 PM
Made pumpkin muffins tonight with sugar free vanilla cake mix and a can of pumpkin. My husband and I liked them much better than the ones I made with the sugar free devil's food cake. He even had two muffins he liked them so much!

They mostly taste like vanilla cake but finish with a bit of a pumpkin taste.

The recipe made 12 big muffins that were 130 calories a piece.

bargoo
02-08-2013, 08:12 AM
I have made the diet soda/cake mix several times it always comes out great. I haven/t tried the pumpkin yet but have a can ready when I get the urge. Some time back somebody posted angel food cake with a can of crushed pineapple. Anybody remember it ? I believe that is all the ingredients, Angel food cake mix and a can of pineapple.

bettyboop56
02-08-2013, 08:59 AM
So for Valentine's Day I want to make my hubby and I a sweet treat that won't break the calorie bank. I've read up on taking a cake mix and replacing the eggs, oil, and everything else but the mix with either a can of diet soda, or a 15 oz can of pumpkin. I've heard they both work great but I can't pick between the two. Though the pumpkin would obviously provide more nutrition, I'm afraid it will be too dense.

For those of you who have experience with either of these methods, what would you recommend?

I have yused both of these but with pumpkin i use about a 1/3 cup of applesauce too. Both are very good and the soda cake is very light.
happy baking.
:carrot:

mimsyborogoves
02-09-2013, 01:59 PM
I just made brownies with diet coke, and I thought they were done cause the knife came out clean, but man were they GOOEY! I had to get mine out with a spoon cause of the gooey crumbles, lol. It was still edible and delicious though!

Jennifer1966
02-10-2013, 09:10 PM
I make the cake with the diet pop. My kids (teens) call it sticky cake, and they love it!

mimsyborogoves
02-12-2013, 01:21 AM
Nobody else is eating my brownies but me. UGH!

Jennifer1966
02-17-2013, 07:31 PM
Ok, we made brownies with pumpkin, and I like them better than regular. I love the dense chewy texture!