I’m about to show you how to make cake with soda. And it will change your life. Not in any real profound, important way.
But it will give you comfort to know that you can make a dessert whenever you may need one with just 2 ingredients!
This Coke Soda Cake Recipe doesn’t need any eggs, or oil, or milk. Or skill.
You just need a boxed cake mix and a can of soda pop. This soda cake hack is great for when you’re extra lazy or low on ingredients. You never know when that sweet tooth will strike!
If you’re looking for quick and easy desserts with cake mix, this is one of the quickest! Make this with your kids this weekend!
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Soda Cake Recipe
This easy Soda Cake Recipe is the perfect treat to make when you aren’t fully stocked with ingredients.
Or really just don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen. Or don’t really want to measure.
I’m not a scratch baker. And because I love dump cakes so much, I always have boxed cake mix around. When I learned that you could make a cake even without eggs and oil, I was like YES! I need to try this.
I am not a big soda drinker but I usually keep a couple of cans of Coke around for when I get a headache (caffeine helps, yo!).
Coke is such a versatile ingredient! From a Vodka Coke to using it in crockpot roast recipes, you can make all kinds of things.
So if you’re craving something sweet or need to make a cake but don’t have all the ingredients, try this soda cake!
What does soda do to a cake
I’m not a scientist so I’m not going very deep with this. The soda replaces the wet ingredients in a cake recipe. And the boxed cake mix has enough leavener in it to make it rise without needing eggs, etc.
The consistency of the cake is a little bit different than when you make it per the directions on the box.
Maybe the carbonation also does something to the cake mix. I just don’t know. What I DO know is that it tastes delish.
How to make a cake with soda
This easy soda cake hack is really fun to make with the kids. They’ll get a kick out of using soda with the boxed cake mix. And it’s fun to taste it and compare the results to a regular cake.
- Can of soda pop (12 oz. can)
- Box of cake mix
- powdered sugar, optional for a topping
When I made this cake, I decided to make it more like a cocktail since I have a lot of cocktail-inspired cupcakes and cakes on my site.
I used 2 tsp. of rum extract to make this a rum and Coke cake. But it’s not necessary. In fact, the flavor of the Coke doesn’t really come through in the finished cake.
If you want a real rum cake, you can check out my Cinnamon Rum Cake recipe. YUM!
Add the boxed cake mix and soda to a bowl.
Mix well with a hand mixer. 1 minute on low and 2 minutes on medium.
Add to a prepared bundt pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-55 minutes.
Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.
Super Simple Soda Cake Recipe with Coke
- 12 oz. can of soda pop
- 1 boxed cake mix
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a Bundt cake pan with oil and flour.
- Add the boxed cake mix and can of soda pop to a medium bowl.
- Beat on low with a hand mixer for 1 minute.
- Beat on medium with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.
- Pour batter into bundt pan and bake in the oven for 35-55 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from bundt pan.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Be sure to cook this cake well. The consistency can be really gummy if not cooked all the way through. The top of the cake will look golden, but cook for a little bit longer to ensure that the bottom is ready.
The rum extract gave this a nice rum flavor. You can substitute other extracts to add some pizazz to this fun soda cake idea.
In my opinion, the Coke flavor doesn’t shine through so don’t worry too much about what flavors you pair with it.
We also tried using a Coke with a boxed brownie mix. It worked but was a little bit more crumbly than usual. It didn’t have the same super chocolatey flavor as usual but was good in a dessert emergency. (I REALLY wanted brownies).
This simple baking hack was a fun way to make dessert for my family. While I used a vanilla boxed cake mix and Coke, because that is what I had, you can create all kinds of flavor pairings!
Soda Cake Combinations
- Vanilla Cake with Orange Soda
- Chocolate Cake with Cherry Coke
- Spice Cake with Ginger Ale
- White Cake with Cactus Cooler
- Lemon Cake with Lemon Lime Soda
- Chocolate Cake with Orange Fanta
I can’t imagine that there is a wrong combination, you know what I mean? Diet soda works too!
This recipe supposedly works with Angel Food Cake mix as well. Those usually only need to be mixed with water, so using soda may really change the consistency. I haven’t tried it so I just don’t know!
Adding extracts elevates the flavor game even more! How delish would almond extract be with a Cherry Chip cake made with Orange soda?!
While this 2-ingredient dessert might be my easiest dessert recipe, I have many other simple treats I’m sure you’ll also enjoy.
- Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake – This easy Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake is one of my favorites that my mom used to make! It’s no-bake and sets up in the fridge. This is a great potluck cake and people will, for sure, ask you for the recipe.
- Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake – You can never go wrong with this delicious Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe. It’s just 4 ingredients that you open and dump in a pan then bake. I usually make this when we have company over. It doesn’t look special but the taste is out of this world.
- Fruit Bruschetta with Sugar Cookies – This easy Fruit Bruschetta with Sugar Cookies is quick and easy and a fun recipe to serve for a party. With a mixture of berries and fresh basil on a store-bought sugar cookie base, this dessert is full of flavor and great for summer!
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No eggs? No oil? No problem! This simple recipe for how to make a cake with soda will get you that delicious dessert with just 2 easy ingredients!