This is seriously one of the easiest and quickest desserts you can make. It’s got 3 total ingredients (2 if you decide to leave out the peanut butter), and tastes so good you won’t even realize you’re eating a much lower-calorie version of your favorite cake. It’s moist and fluffy and absolutely delicious. Matt even REALLY enjoyed it, and he’s pretty picking about his cake/knowing when something that is supposed to be “healthier” honestly just tastes like crap. You can pair this up with a Cool Whip topping (which is really tasty) or just eat it without it!
Makes 12 servings
Box of Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake
1 12 oz. can of diet coke
2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (you can do creamy or crunchy, I did crunchy personally)
1. Put the cake mix into a bowl.
2. Pour the soda in with the cake.
3. Mix the cake mix and soda until it’s smooth. DO NOT over-mix it though or you will end up with really fluffy cake and it won’t taste very good.
4. Melt the peanut butter, then you have two choices. You can:
- Put the peanut butter in with the mix in the bowl, and mix it in.
- Wait to put the peanut butter on TOP of the cake when it’s in the pans, and then make a peanut butter swirl on top.
Personally, I did the peanut butter into the mix but I’m thinking next time I’ll try the swirl on top. By mixing it in, it gives a chocolate with light peanut butter flavor.
5. Pour the cake into your pans. Oh, I’d suggest using pans vs. cupcake tins. I made soda cupcake before and they fell apart way too easily and became mush. Not sure if it was the mix I had or what, but this time the cake turned out way better when I used two 9×9 cake pans. Put the peanut butter on top if you’ve chosen to do that, using a knife to make pretty swirls in your cake.
6. Follow the directions on the box for baking time/temperature.
7. Take your cake out of the oven, let it cool down, and enjoy!
Calorie-wise, it may vary depending on what kind of cake mix you used. You can totally also do this with yellow/confetti cake, just make sure to use diet Sprite or something like that, so it doesn’t turn a gross brown.
Most cake mixes are 170-180 for 1/12 of the cake. The box I bought was 170 per serving, then an additional 17 cals for the peanut butter, so for one big slice of cake, it’s 187 calories.
I’m planning on using this recipe in the future to make a really awesome trifle with yellow cake, light Cool Whip, with blueberries and strawberries. Now that you can eat your cake and not feel guilty, there are endless possibilities of what you can do with cake in the future!