Yes, that's right. Diet Soda. It can take the place of the oil in a regular cake mix. Why is this not common knowledge? Why do I have to search the seedy underbelly of the Internet to find this information? I'm going to blame it on BIG OIL. Those greedy, hatemongering executives in the big vegetable oil industry want to profit on your need for cake. It can never be found out that this simple, no calorie substitution can be made or those big oil CEOs will have to say goodbye to their ginormous bonus this year. Well...let's not get carried away. They'll probably still get the bonus, but sales will be down and there will be massive lay-offs in oil plants across the nation. But...to ease your conscience about that, just think about the boost that BIG DIET SODA will get from this info. I'm just trying to do my part.
Well that was fun.....
I had to try this diet soda thing out, so I decided to try a Devil's Food and Diet Orange soda cake. I've always loved the whole chocolate and orange flavor combination. My mom's favorite flavor of ice cream was Swiss Orange Chip from Swenson's. I think she got it every time we went there. It was chocolate ice cream with bits of Swiss chocolate that had a hint of orange. Divine! My dad was into Trader Joe's Orange Sticks. Santa always knew to leave him some in his stocking. So this was my ode to some crazy, genetic attraction to orange and chocolate.
Diet Soda Cake
1 box of cake mix (any flavor) 10 oz. diet soda 2 egg whites, lightly whipped
Combine cake mix and diet soda. Add egg whites and blend with beater according to package directions. Pour into sprayed cake pan or muffin tin and bake according to cake box directions. My oven may cook very hot, but my cupcakes were ready to come out at about 10 minutes. So, watch your time as to not overcook.
The orange flavor was very subtle and really wouldn't be noticed unless you were looking for it. It will be fun to try different combinations of cake and soda. Hummmmm.....let's see. Diet root beer and white cake. Diet Sprite and yellow or lemon cake. Possibilities are endless.
WW points: If the cake was cut into 12 pieces, each piece would be 4 points. Not bad, but if you make mini muffins size cupcakes you can lower the points and just have a nice taste of something sweet for 1 point.
I love to bake and cook, but it seems like I am always on a diet. To keep my sanity, I give myself one "cheat day " a week. On that day I have permission to splurge a little. I'd hate to do a cooking blog that was all healthy recipes, so I created Cheat Day Cafe so that I could share some of my non-diet recipes too. Cheat days make life more interesting! So here is a collection of healthy, real person, family recipes and a few "cheats" thrown in for fun.