Pop Cake

It’s Labor Day Weekend! So the last thing you should be doing is laboring!  Especially in the kitchen.  Yes I know there are BBQ’s to attend, and Football parties to prep for, so why not make it easy on yourself?   Sit back and relax while this two-ingredient cake is baking for your big get-together.  I promise it’s that simple!



















You may or may not have heard of it before, but it can be a life saver if,  1. You are short on time, and 2. Short on ingredients.

I first learned about it when I was on WeightWatchers way back in college.  I think a serving of cake was only 2 or 3 points–which in points land is a big deal.  So pop cake was a life savor when I wanted, no scratch that, NEEDED a low-cal snack.

I realize all the low-cal hype is over, and grain/gluten/sugar free everything is in, with an emphasis on GOOD fats, but guess what….this ain’t that kind of cake.  Ha.  Deal with it.

Another bonus—it’s CHEAP!   So get your pennies out and buy these two things unless you have them in your pantry/fridge already.

1 box of cake mix   (I’ve done this with the 15.25 oz. box versions—I’m not sure how other brands that have different weights/volumes will perform, just FYI).

1 12 oz. can of soda….I mean pop.


You can use DIET soda for a “low-cal” version, or a regular can with real sugar and everything to go full tilt.  The possibilities are endless!!!

For this particular cake I used a chocolate cake mix, with diet coke.  So easy and good!

Of course I had to make up for the lack of calories with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, so they kind of could pass for brownies.  Who are we kidding, they were even better than brownies because of all the guilt-free goodness that came along with them.

I digress…. onward to the recipe!



You will need: 

1 large mixing bowl

1 wooden spoon or electric mixer

1 9×13 cake pan

Can of cooking spray

Cooling rack


1 box of cake mix   15.25 oz.  (sometimes these go on sale for as low as 75¢!)

1 12 oz. can of pop   (doing the math, can cost around 30¢)


Flavor combos (my favorite part!)  Get ready to be creative!

For this recipe:  Chocolate cake mix and Diet Coke 









Spice cake and Dr. Pepper (or diet)








Yellow or White cake and 7-Up/Sprite (or diet)


Funfetti cake and Orange Soda (Fanta/Crush/Sunkist etc.)








Strawberry cake and Strawberry Fanta


Lemon cake and Sanpellegrino Limonata









Carrot cake with A&W cream soda









Mix and match!  See what works and …well, what doesn’t.  You can’t go wrong at how little this costs.  I’m sure you’d find someone to eat a “failed” cake.  I think the next one I’m going to try chocolate cake and orange soda!  What about a root beer cake?  Or a ginger ale cake? Ah! So much fun!


Preheat oven to 350º F. 

  1. Dump 15.25 oz. cake mix into large mixing bowl.
  2. Empty 12 oz. can of soda into the same bowl.
  3. Stir/mix until well combined and little to no lumps are present.
  4. Spray 9×13 cake pan with cooking oil.
  5. Spread mixture mixture evenly into pan.
  6. Bake at 33-35 minutes or whatever the directions on the cake box say. 
  7. Insert a toothpick in the middle to test for doneness.  It should come out clean.
  8. Let cake cool for 20 minutes before frosting or powdered-sugaring.

You can make your own frosting, or used a pre-canned variety, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or eat it plain.  It will be yummy and moist, so you can’t go wrong either way.


That’s it!  Voila! You did it! You made a pop cake!  Wow, that was certainly a lot of exclamation points.





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