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01-20-2011, 09:33 PM
and let's face it, we all do at times, I tried something goofy but it worked! from the "Hungry Girl" cookbook & website

1 cake mix - whatever kind, and 1 can of diet soda! OMIT the eggs & oil the package says to put in.

I tried a chocolate cake with diet coke, and a lemon cake with diet 7 up and both were amazing and not greasy, just kind of awesome -- made cupcakes with it and no one noticed they weren't 'real'

i know cake mixes are the devil, as they have hydrogenated frankenstein ingredients, but i thought i'd pass along the info if anyone was interested!

01-20-2011, 09:44 PM
Frankenstein ingredients, LOL love that expression.

01-20-2011, 09:49 PM
I make these occasionally and freeze them. They are a nice quick snack if I am craving something sweet. Yes, I know they aren't good for you but I think it is better for me than heading to the bakery and getting something really bad!

The Last Noel
01-20-2011, 09:50 PM

01-20-2011, 09:53 PM
So do you just bake as usual then?

That is so. Weird. :lol:

The Last Noel
01-20-2011, 09:58 PM
I want to try these with strawberry or lemon and sprite. Mmm

01-20-2011, 10:24 PM
I have made this with white cake mix and diet strawberry drink. It was good. I agree that it is not good for you but it is better than some cakes.

01-20-2011, 10:34 PM
Frankencake! awesome! ha!

yes, just follow the baking instructions as usual :)

I made mini cupcakes and tossed 'em in the freezer, worked great!

01-20-2011, 10:38 PM
Never heard of this! Brilliant. I will try next time I need to make a cake. (I will not make wanting to try this my excuse to have unfounded cake!!!)

01-20-2011, 10:41 PM
That sounds so odd, but tasty! I would think the soda added in would give it a lighter, fluffier texture (the idea of bubbles and cake make it seem so light to me!).

My roommate and I discovered microwave mug cakes one night while craving cake but far too un-motivated to go out in the snow! It's the perfect amount - one large mug got split between the two of us and it was the perfect quick-fix to cake-cravings (we would also drop the eggs, lower the butter, and cut out some sugar to keep it a BIT healthier!). I used to freeze things to keep myself from eating them too fast, but then discovered that most cupcakes and cookies are just as tasty to me when frozen solid! So one serving size of cake is a better system for me, personally.

01-20-2011, 11:14 PM
I love making this cake at work,we never have cake stuff on hand at the jail but one day a week I do have to cook supper for the prisoners, if they have been good I bring a mix and take a pop from the comissary. An easy and cheap treat, everyone loves it!

It definately is not fluffier tho. Sometimes it comes out normal but depending on the brand of mix it can be pretty rich and dense. Also the cooking time can be up to double what the box says. I like to top it with FF cool whip or dust with powdered sugar and I also make it in cupcakes.

If you have to have cake - this is a great solution!

French Vanilla cake mix with Dt. Root Beer is delish
Chocolate Cake with Dt. Dr. Pepper is good too!

01-21-2011, 12:20 AM
Chocolate Cake with Diet CHERRY Coke is good too! That's the first one of these I made. They are pretty yummo. :)

01-21-2011, 03:29 AM
Trazey... you had me at cake!

01-21-2011, 10:28 AM
Brownie mix w/a can of black beans is good too. You just blend the beans until smooth, add to the brownie mix (omit eggs and oil) and bake. I feed them to my boys (and they know their brownies), without telling them what I did. When I asked them how they were, they said they were okay, but, not the best. However, I thought they were pretty good and fixed the sweet tooth I was having. They did end up eating the rest of them though, so I guess they were not to bad! LOL! I never did tell them what I did. I just told them they were Weight Watcher brownies...

01-21-2011, 10:39 AM
I am definitely going to try this. If any of you have Kroger in your area, they carry a diet chocolate soda and also a chocolate cherry that are awesome. I am going to try this with chocolate cake and chocolate soda.

01-21-2011, 10:52 AM
Another good recipe is to take Devil's Food cake mix and add a can of pumpkin (don't add eggs or oil). It makes about 12 muffins. Delicious! I tried it with some other mixes like regular chocolate, but the DF is the best IMO.

01-21-2011, 11:03 AM
Ummmmm...what are the nutrition facts???? This sounds fab! I just don't know how to calculate it w/o the egg and oil.

01-21-2011, 11:12 AM
Ummmmm...what are the nutrition facts???? This sounds fab! I just don't know how to calculate it w/o the egg and oil.

If you are doing a recipe w/diet coke or sprite, just look at the side of the cake box to see what the calories are per serving and that's what you would go off of. They usually have two calorie columns: one for the mix itself, and the other for everything combined with it. Just look at the one for the mix by itself.

jessy 49
01-21-2011, 11:15 AM
At least some of the cake mixes here in Canada give the NI for the dry mix. Just bake for the length of time indicated on the box for whatever size pan.
I have made the lemon cake with diet 7-up or Sprite, served with the light Cool Whip and strawberries for a company dessert. It's great and doesn't scream "diet food" :-)

01-21-2011, 12:22 PM
I totally want to do a chocolate cake w/ diet cherry coke.

01-23-2011, 12:42 AM
Thanks for the pumpkin idea...I am going to try that tomorrow!! I can't have artificial sweetener, so the pop wouldn't work for me, but I am soooo trying the pumpkin!

01-23-2011, 04:43 AM
I'm not a fan of making cakes with mixes because they contain a lot of ingredients I'm not a fan of (including sugar, refined flour and hydrogenated oils that are in the dry mix). There are good recipes for sugar-free, whole grain, and low-fat cake. Here's one of my favorites:

Chocolate Muffins:

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 medium egg
3/4 cup skim milk
1 tbsp. (any mild) vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup Splenda granular
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp. Canola oil
2 tbsp. espresso or very, very strong coffee
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour (not pastry flour/white flour or finely ground flour!)
1 tbsp. baking powder

Scald the milk, add to the cocoa, stir until dissolved, and allow to cool. Whisk the applesauce, egg, milk, cocoa mixture, vanilla, salt, espresso, oil, cinnamon, vinegar, and Splenda together. Mix until everything is smoothly incorporated. Sprinkle the flour over the liquid mixture and gently stir just until the flour is moistened. Allow this to rest for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (190 degrees C.). Spray the bottoms of 6 large muffin cups with cooking spray. Sprinkle the baking powder over the mixture and stir until just mixed evenly. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups. Bake for 30 minutes. A skewer inserted into the center comes out with sticky crumbs, but not wet batter. Do not overbake (a skewer should not come out clean) as it will dry out the muffins. Allow to cool in the tins for at least 15 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges to loosen, pat gently if they stick to the bottom. Place on a rack for cooling.

You can make either 6 or 8 muffins. If you make six, each muffin is 215 calories. If you make 8, each is 162 calories.

Notes: The type of whole wheat flour is very important - if you use flour that is too finely ground, you'll end up with a sopping mess as it won't properly absorb moisture. The coffee and cinnamon are also important as they bring out the flavor of the chocolate. Sugar acts as a flavor enhancer so without it, you need something else to ramp up the chocolate. I don't recommend silicone baking cups as they don't get as good a rise. I recommend metal or tins.

01-23-2011, 11:55 AM
I know there's lots of recipes for real stuff, not the Frankencake idea, but I posted it as a super quickie fix LOL

I have to say, I made the carrot cake with a diet GINGER ALE yesterday afternoon, put it in little muffin cups, put a tiny swoosh of lite cool whip for a total chemical spill nightmare, and had tea with it with my girlfriends and they could not stop raving over how light and non-greasy they were hahaha so funny!

01-23-2011, 04:36 PM
I made spice cake with Sprite Zero on Friday night and it is sooooo good. Very fluffy and tasty...my husband was very impressed and has already literally eaten over half of the 9x13 pan. Good thing it's low-cal. ;) I added a tiny bit of "Lite" Cool Whip and it hit the spot!

The Last Noel
01-23-2011, 05:52 PM
I totally want to do a chocolate cake w/ diet cherry coke.

Mmm, diet cherry chocolate coke frankencake. (say that 5 times fast)

01-23-2011, 06:06 PM
I made spice cake with Sprite Zero on Friday night and it is sooooo good. Very fluffy and tasty...my husband was very impressed and has already literally eaten over half of the 9x13 pan. Good thing it's low-cal. ;) I added a tiny bit of "Lite" Cool Whip and it hit the spot!

I made an oatmeal spice cake with the toasted coconut topping last week, not exactly low cal but so so yummy, unfortunately i have to freeze 75 percent of it for later, what little i do eat is typically for breakfast, is great with a cup of coffee, the only time i allow myself a sweet is in the morning.

01-23-2011, 06:13 PM
If you want to make it an Uber-Frankencake, pillsbury now makes sugar-free cake mix - saves about 40 cals a serving if I'm remembering right. It bakes up the same as full sugar cake mix, but if you're sensitive to the taste of Splenda, it might not be for you. You can also do a yogurt one which makes kind of a cake/brownie cross -

Here are a bunch of combo suggestions from hungry-girl


My only problem is that this is the type of thing I tend to binge on :(

01-23-2011, 10:57 PM
Duncan Hines Red Velvet + Diet Code Red Mountain Dew = The most delicious red velvet cake EVER

It made 16 cupcakes of 135 cal each. They are awesome!

01-23-2011, 11:26 PM
That's a recipe a lot of vegans use, I've known about it forever but I was always too freaked out by putting Coke in my cake... But... I might just try it.

01-24-2011, 09:21 PM
I'm making this right now - at the very least, the batter is tasty!!! hehe

01-25-2011, 12:18 AM
My only problem is that this is the type of thing I tend to binge on :(

Me too. Great ideas, especially the microwave mug cake, but I won't stop at just one at this point....

01-25-2011, 03:08 AM
I want to try this out of curiosity. Sounds very cool.

01-25-2011, 01:37 PM
Thank you all for sharing. I needed some calorie safe comfort recipes.

01-26-2011, 02:00 AM
I agree, I could not and would not make this for myself. It would def. trigger something in me and in 1 or 2days the entire pan would be gone, and there would probably be some other carb casualties while I was at it.

But, its nice to bring something to an event and I know I can 1 peice of (and there wont be any left at the end) or make it at work where I know none of it will come home with me.

01-26-2011, 10:47 AM
One thing I noticed with the HG cookbooks is that she doesn't make up the whole mix. She makes enough for a serving or two. I plan to follow that example and proportion out the mix and just drink the rest of the diet soda.