Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Diet Cake?


You'll never believe where I found my latest food favorite...Cracker Barrel. I know what you're thinking. Before you judge, read and try this for yourself. When I saw Coca-Cola cake on the menu, I thought it was unique and decided to try it. The cake was one of the most delicious, moist cakes I have ever tried.

So I did a little research online for Coca-Cola cakes and tried a few recipes. The traditional Coca-Cola cake is made with eggs and buttermilk and other delicious ingredients. Not so good for the Jillian Michaels' Shred "I better eat healthy food" mentality I've had lately.

But, after a few trial and error cakes, I found out the the best results can be achieved from an ordinary cake mix in a box. And the variations are endless.

And Diet Friendly.

Basically, a cake can be made with any soft drink in any flavor. Generally, Sprite and 7 Up work well with yellow cakes and darker soft drinks like Diet Coke and Root Beer work best with chocolate cakes. I suppose that you could use orange or other flavored soda, too, but I have not tried that. Since there is only diet soda in my house, I used Diet Coke and Root Beer.

The cakes are made without eggs, which is an excellent solution if you know someone who has an egg allergy. It's also lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol than a regular cake made with eggs and oil.

The Process
1. Mix the ingredients as instructed on the box except that instead of adding water, oil, and eggs, add 1 can of the soda of your choice.
2. Bake according to the directions on the box following temperature and time guidelines.
3. You may have to add up to 5 minutes to the baking time for any extra liquid. Check your cake to ensure that it is properly baked.
4. For layer cakes, I like to use fat free Cool Whip in between the layers.


Isn't that easy? You'll discover a delicious cake that is so moist. The cake does not rise as much as an ordinary cake, but it tastes and looks like heaven. The same process works for cupcakes, too!

What combination would you like to try? I'm thinking that a lemon cake mix with Diet Sprite would be simply divine.

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo

P.S. And speaking of food...I have the names of the lucky winners of the Lilly Pulitzer animal crackers from the giveaway sponsored by the Pink Pelican. VA Girl, Suburban Prep, and Sarah Brooke; please contact me by email to coordinate your win! Thanks to everyone who entered this fun contest.

P.S. I also wanted to invite you to visit my friend Wendy at Life is Better With a Twist of Lime. She's back in blog land after taking a little break. Her fun posts are always such a treat.

9 comments:

  1. That sounds good. I like Cracker Barrel. My mother used to make Coca Cola cake when I was young. You may want to check about cooking with diet coke. I don't think that you can cook with aspartaine (sp?). Maybe diet coke with splenda.

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  2. Mmmm! I will have to try this... chocolate obvi!!!

    Buttermilk is actually lowfat and you can make it yourself. I use 1% milk (just less than a cup) and 1 tbs of vinegar. Let sit a few minutes and instant lowfat buttermilk!

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  3. Congrats to the winners! And this cake looks delicious! Diet Coke in a cake, who knew?

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  4. Never have had a DIET Coke cake... can't figure out why I've never tried it! So glad you posted!

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  5. Oh gosh that sounds delicious! I love anything cola flavored!

    Congrats to your winners!

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  6. I think I am going to give that a try when my parents visit next month

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  7. Coke Cake at CB is one of my all time favs!

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  8. I made the cake tonight for my parents visit this week. And as I couldn't get the cake to come out in one piece I got to try some and it is yummy!!!

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