Soda Cake Swap

Mom Made Easy: Soda Cake Swap

Soda Cake Swap

I love to bake. Do I do it from scratch? Nope! Does that make me any less of a baker? My family doesn’t think so! They love all of the cakes, cupcakes, and cake balls I make. Yes, cake is my baking goodie of choice!

I have a secret though.

I know nothing about eggs and oil when it comes to making cake. I haven’t used them in years. But I still make some of the most moist, delicious cakes around.

My secret? Soda.

No Eggs and Oil with Soda Cake Swap

I learned this trick many years ago when I was looking for ways to enjoy one of my favorite sweet treats without as many calories or fat. I use diet soda to reduce the calories but you could also use regular soda to lower the fat and cholesterol.

What you need:

  • Boxed cake mix
  • Can of frosting (learn how to make your frosting go further and use less to reduce calories)
  • 12 ounces of soda (one can or measure it out)

All you have to do is prep your cake pan or muffin pan like you normally would. Then you add the soda to the cake mix. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Soda Cake Swap Replaces Eggs and Oil

Once you’ve mixed up the batter, you just proceed like you would normally! I usually add just a few extra minutes of baking time and check on the cake or cupcakes the last few minutes.

Using the soda cake swap makes super moist cupcakes and cake. No frosting is even needed! But I do like to use some from time to time! This is the secret I use to make lower calorie cake balls as well. By using soda and making a more moist cake, I don’t have to use as much frosting in my cake ball mix.

Easy Soda Cake Swap

If you’re looking for a way to lower the fat, cholesterol, or calories in your cake goodies, I would say try it! Just once swap out your eggs and oil with soda. See what you think! Once I tried it, I never went back!

The key is to match your soda with the type of cake. For fruity cakes or lighter colored cakes, I usually use a Sprite or 7UP. For chocolate or red velvet, I have used Coke, Root Beer, and Dr. Pepper. They have all worked well!

What cake and soda combination would you try?

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Mariah is a former teacher and mother of a rambunctious little boy living in The Woodlands, Texas. She recently welcomed a little girl into the family and is learning how to balance a toddler and an infant! She works every day to figure out how to balance all of her roles and figure out her formula for being mom! She can also be found at Mommy Mindset Media, Disney DIY and Noise Girls.


  1. I’ve been wanting to try the soda in cake trick. Thanks for the reminder – yours looks great!
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  2. I have seen this on pinterest but haven’t tried it yet, might have too!! Looks so good!
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  3. I am crazing this cake now… it looks delicious! And how have I never heard this? I have heard of Dr. Pepper cake but never knew it excluded the eggs and oil. I MUST try this soon. There goes my diet again. :)
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  4. I love this idea! It’s fantastic! I hate when I make a cake and can’t eat it and have to watch the rest of the family enjoy it. If I use this recipe I can eat it too! Thanks!
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  5. I’d heard of swapping out applesauce for eggs, but never soda. I’ll have to give this a try – the possibilities are endless!
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  6. I love this trick. I am also a non-scratch-baker and so I love these handy how-tos to make my life easier. :)
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  7. I have that same cake mix my son has been bugging me to make but I wasn’t sure on the flavor! :) I will have to try it with the soda!

  8. I also love to bake anything. I do it from scratch & sometimes from a boxed mix yes there is nothing wrong with that. Boxed mixes bring all of the flavor to life too. My favorite soda
    & cake mix to combine is orange diet cola with a spice cake mix simple awesome.
    Another one I do is my favorite carrot cake mix & crystal light lemonade 12 oz already
    made up. It really brings out the citrus notes in the cake. I suppose you could use any unsweetened
    koolaid mix too with club soda for the same effects I’ll have to try that. Love the pinkness
    of your fluffy frosting thanks for the tips.
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  9. I will be giving this a try for sure! Your cake looks so delicious… I need to bake, maybe tomorrow!
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  10. Paula schuck says:

    I love this. I have never tried it, but it sounds excellent. The moist er the better as far as cake is involved.

  11. So delicious! I’ve been doing this forever as well!
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  12. Would this work for chocolate cake mixes too? Should I use a darker soda for those like cola or dr. pepper?
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  13. I’ve never heard of a soda cake. I know my daughter would have a blast making, and eating this. Going to give it a try. The colors are so pretty too.
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  14. Oh my gosh that sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of using soda but I am sure willing to try it.
    Thanks for the tips!

  15. shelly peterson says:

    Oh wow! I would have never thought of doing this but I like the idea. I’m going to have to give this a try. I would like to use dr, pepper in a chocolate cake.

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