Making this dessert is a piece of cake!

Written by ww_magazine on 9/17/2010 10:48 AM | COMMENTS (11)

A friend of mine called me the other day because she just joined WW and needed a quick, low-POINT dessert recipe to take to a barbecue. I wasn’t near my stack of WWMs or cookbooks, so I had to brainstorm. I remembered a dessert that I hadn’t made in ages—the diet-soda cake!

The diet-soda cake is a little baking miracle that I first learned about in a WW meeting and that my mom has made a bunch of times. It’s so simple and low in POINTS values. Basically, you take any boxed chocolate cake mix and stir in a can of diet cola (in lieu of the eggs, oil, and water). If you’re using a vanilla cake mix, you’ll want to use a clear diet soda. Bake it according to the package directions and then let it cool before sprinkling it with powdered sugar or frosting it with a low-calorie whipped topping. Viola, the low-POINT dessert is ready to be served.

Have you ever tried making this diet-cola cake? How’d it go?


–Jessica Wozinsky, associate editor, low-POINT dessert lover

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  • Post Image mtigertwo

    4/4/2012 1:49 PM
    how many points is it when you use soda?


  • Post Image llasher459

    7/26/2011 7:14 PM
    We made the Supermoist Carrot Cake with the fattening icing and it was delicious. None of us could tell the difference. What I want to know is HOW MANY POINTS is it when you use the diet soda????


  • Post Image luzer02

    9/20/2010 10:23 PM
    I always use pumpkin or another kind of pureed squash--you get fiber and nutrients with your dessert! For frosting, if you want to avoid cool whip, you can sweeten some saved-back pumpkin. Or mix 1/2 C lemon juice with 1/2 C confectioners' sugar, poke some holes in the cake with a fork, and let it soak in. More calories--but less than regular frosting, and awesome on a lemon cake.


  • Post Image kclements347

    9/20/2010 1:10 PM
    A great extra is to poke holes in the baked cake and pour a small box of prepared jello over the cake. I love the combination of orange cake, diet soda and jello. Top with cool whip for a moist and delicious cake!


  • Post Image vjdancer (vicki)

    9/20/2010 12:42 PM
    Wow - I just saw this little tip on the front page of the site and was wishing it went into more detail and now here is a blog post! The tip actually said a can of diet soda or 15oz can of pumpkin. Pumpkin anything is not a favorite of mine, but I actually bough a Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix over the weekend to give this a try! LOL - I'm hoping to get to it tonight. I really hope it's good. I must admit, I do miss cake. :(


  • Post Image mcmullangirls3

    9/20/2010 9:54 AM
    I make this all the time, as a sort of cobbler, I use up fruit "on the verge" -- yesterday it was diced apples sprinkled with cinnamon. (I've used berries, peaches, nectarines, etc.) I use 12 ounces sparkling water and that works, too. Adding an egg white makes the cake a bit more stable without adding points.


  • Post Image x0jessica0x (jessica)

    9/18/2010 11:03 AM
    I have been hearing a lot about the diet soda cake. Haven't tried it yet, but want to. Thanks for the info.


  • Post Image denni swepston

    9/17/2010 3:22 PM
    I have used diet soda making an apple crisp and blackberry crisp. It's amazing!


  • Post Image momof5inmi (beth)

    9/17/2010 11:33 AM
    I've made it many times! I've used diet ginger-ale with a spice cake and with a carrot cake. Both were great! So was the one I made with coke 0 vanilla with German chocolate!


  • Post Image lostexpat (caroline)

    9/17/2010 11:26 AM
    I made the Vanilla one a while ago, honestly wasnt impressed (Neither was DBF)... maybe I shall try the chocolate version, just having chocolat in the name makes it sound so much better!


  • Post Image slytolley (sarah)

    9/17/2010 10:57 AM
    Diet Faygo Rock n Rye and red velvet cake mix is good and so is Diet Cream Soda and yellow cake. I've made this cake so many times so many ways!




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