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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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