Sunday, March 21, 2010

martha moments: bikini-friendly, diet coke cupcakes

cupcakes are among my 5 top favorite foods. ask my husband. he'll ask what i want for dinner some nights and my reply?  cupcakes. when we go to nyc, one of the tippy top things on my list is to go here.  sugary bliss.

i love cupcakes for many reasons...first off, because they're small.  and i like small, cute things. secondly, because you can make so many different kinds and can decorate them so many ways. third, they're beyond comforting and bring back memories of birthdays and skating rink parties.  and lastly, because they taste like heaven in a crimped paper wrapper.

in an effort to be healthier, i made cupcakes today using a new method that cuts out the eggs and the oil.  they are really easy to make (2 ingredients!) and invoke much, much less guilt.  :-)

you'll need:

first, pick a box of cake mix. any cake mix. for today, i used yellow.
second, add 1 can of diet soda, whatever flavor you want.  i used diet ginger ale today.
a general rule of thumb is to mix dark sodas with dark cake mixes and light sodas with light cake mixes.

to make:

combine the mix and soda.
(i feel so weird saying "soda," as we 
southerners call anything carbonated "coke...") 

it will look all weird and foamy, but it'll settle down.

pour into cupcake paper lined muffin tin and bake according to the directions on the back
of the cake mix box.

other variations i'm going to try:
yellow cake>>>diet orange crush
chocolate cake>>>diet cherry coke or diet cherry vanilla dr. pepper
yellow cake>>>diet cream soda
devil's food cake>>>diet cherry coke
strawberry cake cream soda

now of course, the icing is another story.  i just topped mine with a little whipped cream on top and it looks perfect!  now time to cuddle up on the couch and watch new moon again!

i hope all of you have had a great weekend!  i got some good finds at the thrift stores yesterday that i'll have to share with you later this week. :-)


Jenn said...

Oh yum! My mama and I make a cake with the cinnamon cake mix and a can of sprite, but it never occurred to me that you can do all sorts of flavor combinations. This will be a great way for Sam to help me make cupcakes. Thanks!

Lindsay said...

Yum, yum!!! I'm going to have to try that! Much less guilt :)

carrie said...

So how did they taste?!?! Oh...and do you have the nutrition facts? I will eat any cupcakes that will put me in a bikini!! :) Can't wait to try these!

lindsay said...

all--they are DELICIOUS! even with no icing or anything on top they are good and i love the extra little flavor that the ginger ale gave mine.

carrie--nutrition wise, just go by the 'mix' column on the cake mix box and divide by 2 if you're making 24 cupcakes like i did. (the cake mix says their nutrition facts are for 12 servings, when you make 24 cupcakes....)

so, having said that:
1 yellow cake mix cupcake=
85 calories, 1.75g fat, 0 fiber (making it 2 WW points)
17.5g carbs per cupcake as well if you're counting those.

hope that helps! and ENJOY!

Jenn said...

We did devil's food cake with diet Dr. Pepper last night. I made a quick frosting with a package of light cream cheese and a box of confectioner's sugar. They were a hit!

lindsay said...

Awesome, Jenn!! That's the next combo I'm gonna try.

carrie said...

We are fo sho having some cupcakes this weekend!!! Thanks for this recipe....and all the others you post, for that matter! LOOVVVEEE YYYOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU!!

lindsay said...

...and I loooooovveeee yyyyooooouuuu toooooo! ;-)