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May 31, 2012

Recipe | DIET Cherry Coke Cupcakes

Easy Lazy Baker Version

Maybe you’re familiar with Cracker Barrel’s popular Coca Cola cake. People really love this chocolate dessert decadence! We don’t have that restaurant chain locally, but I’ve read about it on a handful of
southern (U.S.) blogs.

Good copy-cat recipes abound, and I found a “low cal” version that suits the health-nut in me. I don't feel so guilty when I’m craving something really sweet and delicious! This recipe is simple, and comes from Grin & Bake It. Kate says,

“Take any kind of chocolate cake mix and pour a can of Diet Coke in it. Stir it up and bake as the box directs. The carbonation in the soda makes the cake expand.

The only thing I did differently was add two egg whites to the batter. Other bloggers have said this makes it come together better and results in a fluffier cake. These cupcakes were really good! They came out amazingly moist and the hint of cherry was just enough. I topped the cupcakes with a low-fat cream cheese frosting.”

Diet Cherry Coke Cupcakes

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 can Diet Coke
2 egg whites

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Bake according to the directions on the cake box. Makes 24.

Flavor Variations

• Chocolate cake mix & diet Coke
• Spice cake & diet root beer
• Vanilla cake & diet root beer
• Pineapple cake mix & 7-Up
• Vanilla cake mix & 7-Up
• Vanilla cake mix & diet orange

Low-fat Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. light cream cheese, softened
1 c. marshmallow cream
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, marshmallow creme, lemon juice and vanilla until well combined. Then gradually beat in the powdered sugar.

Makes 1-3/4 cups

NOTES: The use of marshmallow creme instead of butter in this easy frosting recipe keeps the fat, calorie, and cholesterol counts low. To simplify clean-up, spray the measuring cup with non-stick spray before attempting to measure out the marshmallow cream!

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keri @ shaken together said...

I love the flexibility of this recipe (and I love diet Cherry Coke & cupcakes!) These look awesome & so easy to make ... pinning! I'd love it if you would share these at the {what's shakin' link party}!

Six Sisters said...

These cupcakes look amazing!! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

Jessie Geroux said...

this icing is WONDERFUL...I hope it thicken in the fridge to be more of a frosting but mine turned out more of "drizzle" type of topping..but is still LOVELY!!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Those looks so yummy... I want cupcakes now!!

Jenilyn said...

Those look yummy! I would love for you to link those up to {I Made This} at Grits & Giggles!

Michelle said...

Cherry coke - my favourite fizzy drink - and cupcakes? what's not to love!

I made a batch of gluten free cupcakes once for a friend, and the recipe called for coke to make them rise - they turned out lovely!

Am bookmarking this to try soon :)

Found you via Lil' Luna! Please feel free to pop by my blog - The Purple Pumpkin sometime :)

Sarah Carletti said...

I love your site and the cupcakes look wonderful! I would love if you could link up to Thursday Food Fest at Thanks and hope to see you!

Sarah Carletti said...

Thanks for linking up your yummies! :) Sarah

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

love that this is made with diet coke! Please link up to Foodie Friday

createdbyjess said...

This sounds neat, and they look yummy! Thanks for sharing!