this cupcake, this one, right here, to the right, is magical. truly. so low in calories and so low in effort. really, a monkey could make this cupcake. and then if that monkey, was say, on a diet, it would be so psyched to eat it.
im currently in this “health kick,” which is partially to blame for my lapse in posting as of late (cough, this entire year). it is extremely hard for me to keep tasty baked treats around my house without consuming them all in one sitting. post-baking you can usually find me in the fetal position clutching my overgorged stomach damning (while simultaneously looooving) those horrible-amazing-i-hate-you-omg-i-want- some-noooow treats. and it is the summer season after all, or at least some semblance of the summer season (curses new england!), which means heating my house up with an oven is not desirable. basically the baking gods are against me.
but then, while wallowing in self pity, i heard a rumor. one that led me to believe that i just might be able to bake my cake, and by george, eat it guilt-free too…
and with that introduction… i bring you… the diet soda cupcake! ta daaaa! when my friend nic first told me about the infamous diet soda cake, i did not believe her for a second. its true, i thought her a dirty, rotten liar. this mythical cake seemed both delightful, and absolutely terrifying. because the basic idea is this: take any box cake mix, dump in a bottle of diet soda, mix, bake, and bam… low cal cake. shocking. the diet soda threw me for an absolute loop. after discovering the recipe on a blog, i 1. apologized for thinking my friend a dirty, rotten liar, and 2. decided what the hey, ill give it a go.
diet soda cupcakes
(adapted from: gina’s weight watcher recipes)
what you’ll need:
1. preheat oven according to box directions and line cupcake tins.
2. beat cake mix, diet soda and egg whites. fill cupcake tins until 2/3 full.
3. bake as directed on box, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
4. once cool, i dusted them with some confectioner’s sugar. unfortunately because it was hot and somewhat sticky out, the sugar melted and didn’t look nearly as beautiful 10 minutes later. you can also top with fat free whipped cream as a tasty alternative.
and for you weight watcher fans in the audience, each cupcake is only about 2 points! wooo!
one last pic to truly whet your whistle…
another exciting note: this is non-dieters approved. i managed to trick my friend lindsey (of picky eatings)’s husband into eating them and he did not notice a thing out of place. i might even go so far as to say he thought they were delectable.
so, the verdict you ask? eat. now. yum. sigh.
if you need me, i’ll be in the corner in the fetal position.