Friday, February 10, 2012

New Years Resolutions: Cherry Coke Zero Cupcakes

They look so similar to the black forest!
I think the "theme" for this week is time.... and how there just isn't enough of it right now!   With traveling and end of the quarter shenanigans, science fair and taking care of "the zoo", I feel like I just have ZERO time for anything!   My original idea was to finally make the Cherry Coke Cupcakes that I'd been eyeing up on Pinterest.  But then I got an even better idea.

I have been seeing/hearing that its possible to make cake from simply combining a can of diet soda and boxed chocolate cake mix.   I really questioned this since it just seemed odd.   But how simple would that be??   So i decided to make my cherry coke cupcakes.... just using a can of cherry coke zero and a box of cake mix.  How easy is that?

I was able to quickly whip up these puppies and then allow them to bake while preparing the rest of dinner (In case you're wondering, we had baked mozzarella sticks and skinny shepherd's pie).  When they were done, the boyfriend even asked "Woah, I didn't hear the mixer!  How did you already make cupcakes?".    I just used a little bit of elbow grease and my Better Batter Tool!   Like I said... SUPER easy!

I did take the advice of Gina's Skinnytaste and added in the egg whites to make them "fluffier".  It definitely was helpful.    They were light and fluffy and pretty darn good (seeing how they had THREE ingredients).  I "iced" them by using fat free whipped cream, which was not met with appreciation by the boyfriend.   He wanted icing!  If I was going to make icing for them, I would use a whipped cream frosting as a light topping.

And I forgot the best part!   For one cupcake with the whipped cream?  5 weight watchers points plus!  Not a bad way to have a tasty dessert without blowing your caloric intake for the day.  
Notice the knocked over cupcake on the floor... even Dusty liked them!

Cherry Coke Zero Cupcakes
Makes 16 (5 points +/ cupcake)

1-box of chocolate cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Devils Food)
1 can Cherry Coke Zero
2 egg whites

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a muffin pan with 12 liners
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth and there are no more lumps.
  3. Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full (I use an ice cream scoop)
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes (consult the box for best result) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
  5. Let cool.  "Frost" with fat free whipped cream before serving.

Recipe adapted/inspired by Gina's Skinnytaste 

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