Make These Magical 2-Ingredient Cakes With Soda And Cake Mix

Easy, delicious, and just a little bit unbelievable.

You know that boxed cake mix you're saving in case of midnight cake cravings or a last-minute birthday party? Go ahead and pour the mix into a bowl. But wait, do you have eggs and oil? No? Good news: You don't need them!

What can you add instead? A can of soda.

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While that may sound like an odd combination, depression-era cake mix manufacturers created their mixes with simplicity and economization at heart. The cake mixes contained all the dry ingredients of a scratch-made cake, including a rising element. Adding a can of soda activates the mix’s dry leavening agents.

How To Make a Two-Ingredient Cake With Soda 

Even if you aren't using the box's instructions for eggs and oil, you still need to follow the basic instructions: Preheat your oven. Grease your pan(s) or cupcake tins, or add muffin papers.

Then, in a large bowl, mix the cake mix and soda for about one minute, or until well combined. The dry ingredients need the can of soda to activate them, and if the soda loses its fizziness through overmixing, your cake may not rise as much as expected.

Pour the batter into the pan(s), or divide the batter evenly in cupcake tins. Follow the directions on the box mix for cooking times.

Instead of combining dry cake mix with soda all at once, try a technique similar to pasta making: Create a well in the cake mix, and pour in the soda. Hand mixing may keep the batter lighter.

Soda and Cake Mix Combinations

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What Soda and Cake Mix Combinations Can You Use?

Any full-size (12 ounces) can of soda, carbonated, or sparkling water will work. How you combine the soda and cake mix creates a rainbow of flavor and color options.

The simplest combination is to combine any cake mix with a clear soda or carbonated water, maintaining the original cake mix color and flavoring. Beyond that, the combinations are endless.

In our chart below, we've included some basic options and some innovative ones, as well as creative twists on Southern staples. Plus, we offer ways to enhance a two-ingredient cake, like adding poke cake ingredients or complimentary frostings. We know that technically makes it more than a two-ingredient cake, but it’s cake, so extra is allowed.

The Fun of Making Two-Ingredient Cakes With Cake Mix and Soda Pop

While many of the benefits of this dessert are fairly obvious—easy prep, shelf-stable ingredients, and cost savings—there are other great things about a two-ingredient cake: Because you aren’t using eggs, you cut down on potential allergy exposure. Without eggs or butter, you also may be baking a vegan or plant-based cake (check the ingredients label).

For the kids, focus on the fun factor of using a can of soda to activate dry ingredients. Make it into a science discussion with kids. What are leavening ingredients? Why does the soda activate them?

Check the box’s ingredient list to make sure there are no allergens or non-vegan items included if you're looking to make an egg-free or vegan cake.

Does a Soda Cake Taste Different Than a Traditional Cake?

It depends. If you’re making a vanilla cake mix with strawberry Fanta, the taste will be different than a traditionally-prepared vanilla cake. But a lemon cake mix with lemon soda? You might not notice too much of a flavor difference.

A boxed cake prepared with a can of soda instead of eggs will potentially have a slightly different texture depending on your altitude, mixing level, and other factors; expect it to be a little denser.

Soda and Cake Mix Combinations
Soda  Cake Mix  Suggested Frosting
Cheerwine Cherry Chip Cake Mix Cherry-Swirl Frosting
Chocolate soda Coconut Cake Mix Coconut-Pecan Frosting
Pineapple soda Banana Cake Mix Cream Cheese Frosting
Strawberry soda White Cake Mix Strawberry Frosting
Root beer Spice Cake Mix Cream Cheese Frosting
Blueberry soda Vanilla Cake Mix Berry-Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake Mix Coca-Cola Cake Frosting
Peach soda Vanilla Cake Mix Peach Buttercream
Ginger ale Carrot Cake Brown Sugar-Cream Cheese Frosting
7Up or Sprite Lemon Cake Mix Luscious Lemon Frosting
Orange soda Vanilla Cake Mix Lemon-Orange Buttercream
Dr Pepper Red Velvet Cake Mix Cream Cheese Frosting
Sprite Yellow Cake Mix  Chocolate Frosting
Coca-Cola Devils Food Cake Mix Fudge Icing
A can of prepared frosting works to top off these cakes, or try some of our favorite frosting recipes.
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