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Cake Mix with Soda Cupcakes

Combining cake mix with soda makes the most delicious moist cake for cupcakes. Who knew?

These cupcakes are so adorable and the flavor is delicious. With such an easy dessert recipe, there is no need to buy when you can DIY. We’re talking six ingredients!

Pink cupcakes with yellow frosting with multi-colored straws in each one, set on a wire rack.

This is the easiest cake you’ll ever make as the addition of soda helps the cake rise beautifully and gives these cupcakes a lighter texture.

You’ll be out of the kitchen in no time, and everyone will want your easy Cake Mix with Soda recipe! These would be fun for a birthday party or even a 50s themed party. The best part is that the flavor is out of this world!

What You Need to Make It

White Cake Mix

We chose white cake mix, but you could use your favorite to make a different flavor cupcake.

Cream Soda

Just like with the cake mix, you can use any kind of soda. We chose cream soda to make these Cake Mix with Soda Cupcakes.

Frosting

For this 4 ingredient frosting, you’ll need powdered sugar, unsalted butter, cream cheese, and vanilla.

How to Make It

Pre heat oven to 350º.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and cream soda with an electric mixer on low speed until you have a smooth cake batter.

Cake mix and soda combined.

Pour batter into a lined cupcake tin three quarters full.

Pink cupcakes in liners before baking.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove cupcakes and allow them to cool at least 30 minutes before frosting.

Pink cupcakes baked in oven.

While the cupcakes are cooling, put all the frosting ingredients into a bowl.

Mix on medium speed until smooth.

If it seems runny, place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Frost the cupcakes as you usually would, or use the a decorating kitfor really beautiful desserts. It’s the best investment I’ve made for frosting cupcakes or cakes!

Cut colorful bendable straws in half and stick one in each cupcake. So cute!

Pink cupcakes with yellow frosting with multi-colored straws in each one, set on a wire rack.

Other Flavor Combinations to Try

This sweet treat has so many possibilities. Please let me know if you try one of these! I can’t wait to taste some of the combinations!

Yellow cake mix and orange soda with slices of candied orange on top.

Zesty lemon cake mix with a can of Sprite with a sprig of mint on top.

Devil’s Food cake mix with cherry soda and chocolate chips with shaved chocolate on top.

FAQ

Does soda really replace oil, eggs, and water in baking a cake with a boxed mix?

It’s crazy, but true! The leavening agents work to give the cake a rise, and the soda is the needed liquid!

Can I use a different cake mix?

You can use any flavor of cake mixes. Try a spice cake mix with ginger ale or chocolate cake mix with cherry cola. Choose your favorite flavor combo!

Do I have to use a flavored soda?

You don’t have to use a flavored soda. Club soda water works just fine, too. You could even use diet soda! A dark soda like Coke or Diet Coke will change the color a little more than ginger ale. The flavor of the soda definitely affects the flavor of the cake.

What else could I add to these cupcakes?

You could add fruit to these cupcakes to give them even more flavor. It’s best to add thawed or fresh fruit as the baking time is so short. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of fruit preserves to add more sweetness, especially if you’re using soda water.

Looking for more fun desserts? Check out these Mudslide cupcakes these decadent Butterfinger brownies.

More Delicious Cupcakes

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Pink cupcakes with yellow frosting and colored straws on a wire rack.

Cake Mix with Soda Cupcakes

These Cake Mix with Soda Cupcakes are so adorable and the flavor is delicious! With such an easy dessert recipe, there is no need to buy when you can DIY!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 220kcal

Equipment

  • cupcake pan
  • 18 cupcake liners
  • Bendable straws in pretty colors

Ingredients

Ingredients

    For Cake

    • 1 box white cake mix
    • 1 can red cream soda

    For Frosting

    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 C stick unsalted butter
    • 8 oz cream cheese softened
    • 1 tsp vanilla

    Instructions

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350º
    • In a large bowl, combine cake mix and cream soda with an electric mixer on low speed until you have a smooth cake batter.
    • Pour batter into a lined cupcake tin 3/4 of the way full.
    • Bake for 15 minutes.
    • Remove cupcakes and allow them to cool at least 30 minutes before frosting.
    • Put all the frosting ingredients into a bowl.
    • Mix on medium speed until smooth.
    • If it seems runny, place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
    • Frost cupcakes as you usually would, or use a decorating kit for really beautiful desserts.
    • Cut colorful bendable straws in half and stick one in each cupcake. So cute!

    Notes

    You could add fruit to these cupcakes to give them even more flavor. It’s best to add thawed or fresh fruit as the baking time is so short. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of fruit preserves to add more sweetness, especially if you’re using soda water. You can also use any flavor of cake mixes. 
    You can, of course, make your own homemade cupcakes instead of using a box. This is the perfect recipe when you forgot you said you’d make something for that party! Keep the ingredients on hand in your pantry and you’ll only need to pick up butter and cream cheese!

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1 | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
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    This recipe was first seen on Food, Fun & Faraway Places on April 18, 2016 and was updated on August 13, 2021.

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