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. But there is something easier.
Swap all but the cake mix for a can of soda. 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.
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 artesianal soda-cake pairings to try.:
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