Soda Can Cupcakes


These crazy simple Soda Can Cupcakes involve only a can of soda and a box of cake mix! It’s magic!

I am all about a shortcut and these cupcakes are the epitome of shortcuts!!

I while back I made this cake. It had 2 ingredients and was really delicious…So we’re gonna do that again today.  All you need are 2 things…cake mix and a can of soda.


Why in the world would I ever use eggs and oil again?

I saw this idea on Pinterest, but apparently I forgot to Pin it and searching again and again I couldn’t find the source…but I did a quick google search and found that it’s all over, so I don’t feel so bad.

Soda Can Cupcakes.

Here’s what you need….

I used Funfetti and Cranberry Splash Sierra Mist.  It made the cupcakes a pretty pink color.  You couldn’t really taste the cranberry or the Sierra Mist at all.  Maybe a stronger flavor soda would give more flavor.  BUT it tasted like Funfetti cake, and that’s good with me!

**I know you are going to ask this…I don’t know if this works with diet soda.  Well, I am sure it works, BUT after a few quick searches I saw some sites saying it is dangerous to heat up artificial sweeteners…So I don’t know.  I mean, if I believed everything on the internet I would be transferring all my dollars into a Nigerian Bank account, chain emailing all my friends so I will have good luck and never drinking pop rocks with soda, which is actually fun and tasty.  So with that said, I am not a scientist, I do not know if you will die a slow, painful death if you bake with diet coke…but I do know I am certainly not the person you should be asking about healthy food alternatives…so use your best discretion.


Here’s all you do…

Pour a can of soda into your dry cake mix.  Use room temperature soda please.

Using a whisk, mix your cake mix and soda until most of the lumps are gone.

I will look like this…

Fill your lined muffin tins about 1/2 – 2/3 full of batter.  You won’t get 24 cupcakes like you would if you followed the instructions.  I got about 17.  The batter is a slightly thicker than regular cake mix batter.

After you’ve baked them you can see the texture…yum!

And now decorate them however you would like.  I made a batch of buttercream and played around a bit.

Cute cupcakes always taste better, I’m pretty sure of it.

For more cute and soda filled cupcakes check out these soda filled cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen…they are in a jar, which triple the cute factor!

3.8 from 4 reviews
Soda Can Cupcakes
  • 1 box cake mix, any flavor
  • 1 can room temperature soda, any flavor
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin pan with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl combine your soda and cake mix, stirring with a whisk until most of the lumps are gone.
  4. Fill each liner ½-2/3 full of batter.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until cupcakes are springy and toothpicks comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.
You can use any flavor combination you would like. Coke or Dr. Pepper would be great in a chocolate cake mix. Orange Soda, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Root Beer would all be fun to try too.

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November 13, 2011 11:47 pm

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November 13, 2011 11:50 pm

Well as far as I can tell, you’re still a pretty good person. I mean, it’s not as though you’re scarfing down funnel cakes in front of starving children or anything.

But this is coming from someone who laughs when her son trips and falls, so….

(also, you can totally die from cooking diet soda, I would know. I’m actually a ghost)

August 3, 2014 4:35 pm

Do you have to use the “pudding in the mix” type of cake mix?

August 3, 2014 5:14 pm

I’ve heard there’s no such thing as an ugly cupcake. I tend to agree (especially since my piping skills leave much to be desired) and they all still disappeared.

November 13, 2011 11:55 pm

How fun – I would have never thought to do something cool like this! YUM!


I saw this on pinterest too, and I also did not pin it! So I’m glad you posted this to remind me of it.

I also laugh at the person in the bathroom who is having tummy troubles, you can tell that they are just dying waiting for someone to flush a toilet so no one will hear them. Poor tummy troubled person :(

May 4, 2014 3:48 pm

I was in a stall next to a woman (I hope) who was making some really disgusting noises. I didn’t laugh at her; I just got out of the bathroom as fast as I could. I exited the building, went down the sidewalk outside the windows of the bathroom and heard a voice yelling, You didn’t wash your hands!

November 14, 2011 12:08 am

Just thought I’d let you know, I’ve done these with diet cream soda and diet orange soda (didn’t have any regular) and they were both FANtastic. :)

March 20, 2015 12:07 pm

Didja die yet? LOL

Sweet Treats
November 14, 2011 12:11 am

These are great cakes for anyone on Weight Watchers. Using diet soda works just as well and the only thing you need to “count” is the cake mix. Combinations are endless. Yum!

Marie M.C.
January 21, 2012 1:03 pm

What does it taste like? Does it taste like the usual cake mix cake? I grew up eating cake mix cakes and quite like them. Just curious.

April 15, 2012 1:58 pm

Would you be able to use sparkling water for the same effect without additional sugars?

Cara W
November 14, 2011 12:34 am

Tupperware uses this recipe as one of their demos, but they don’t make it as cupcakes (it is cooked in the microwave in one of their products). I have made it several times with a chocolate cake and Coke Zero (all I had on hand). It is also really good with chocolate cake mix and cherry cola. I look forward to trying this actually baked in the oven.

Livvy Schwartz
November 14, 2011 12:42 am

Well, you’re in good d-bag company it seems! I too find all of those things mentioned above, HILARIOUS! If we ever meet in a public restroom, and I have the padoodles, I’ll be sure to laugh right along with you!

Can’t wait to try these cupcakes!

November 14, 2011 12:42 am

These sound fantastic! And so creative!

November 14, 2011 12:53 am

My five year old daughter just went “nom nom nom” to the computer screen. I guess we are making these this week :)

November 14, 2011 12:54 am

Bottoms up! And when we finally do get to meet we can go to the mall and watch people trip and fall and we can laugh together. :)

jen b
November 14, 2011 1:27 am

I just recently found your blog & after your d-bag, jerk post tonight????

I knew I liked you!!! =)

We’re trying those cupcakes next weekend!

November 14, 2011 1:42 am

i’ve been meaning to try this forever but have never gotten around to it. Maybe I will now.

I have a “friend;” who totally CAN NOT handle people falling. She can’t help but laughing openly and VERY loudly at them. Which in turn makes me laugh and then the person who fell is more than mortified.

November 14, 2011 1:53 am

I love, love, love these!!

November 14, 2011 2:01 am

I have made cakes in this fashion before and they always taste great! I have usually used fat free cool whip to keep things a little healthier, but a good buttercream never hurt anyone :)

Lisa L.
November 14, 2011 2:16 am

You and Kristan have given me the two best ideas ever for my son’s b-day party!!! Thank you!! And I am quite sure we would get along. I think people falling is rather funny too… I laugh at my two kiddos all the time when they fall!

November 14, 2011 2:26 am

Oh girl, I am WAY worse. I totally laugh at funerals. flat out laugh. I think all the solemnity just makes me feel awkward. At least…that’s what I tell myself.

November 14, 2011 2:36 am

pinning these!!! you sound like my 15 yr old! he laughs and then we all laugh and it shouldn’t be funny but it is! hope you’ve seen Jack & Jill! you’ll be laughing like a fool!

Jen Kim
November 14, 2011 3:24 am

Ooh~ I definitely have to try this recipe and Cookbook Queen’s Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper Cupcake recipe~ My children are going to love me more for these treats~ lol~ Thank you for sharing~ =D

November 14, 2011 4:36 am

Seriously? That’s IT? They look impossibly delicious, and insanely easy!

November 14, 2011 5:02 am

My grandma used to make cakes with 7 Up. This reminds me of my childhood!! yum! And I coulda sworn it was wayyyy harder than 1 box + 1 can soda. I am all over this!

January 18, 2012 4:02 pm

I still make 7-up cakes. But they are not just cake mix & 7-up, it’s a from scratch recipe involving 7-up. It’s my favorite cake! But I’m definitely trying this soon!! Maybe tonight! :)

October 4, 2012 1:14 pm

I’d love to have that recipe! My daughter has alot of food allergies and I don’t like to use boxed mixes for that reason.

Diane Raintree
July 24, 2014 10:32 pm

I have an old 7-up cookbook that I got from my mom (somewhere), so if you want that recipe just let me know!

November 14, 2011 7:34 am

I do these all the time with red velvet mix and dr. pepper. No one ever believes me when I tell them how it’s done!

Oh and you’re totally not a jerk, you’re pretty awesome!

November 14, 2011 1:05 pm

i’ve always done this with chocolate cake and Coke, but never thought to try any other kind! you’re a genius :)

November 14, 2011 1:05 pm

This is all kinds of strange, but I’m totally down. Awesome. Also, you’re not a bad person!! You just do what we all want to do 😛

November 14, 2011 1:14 pm

Not everyone is perfect and each of us has his own negative side. At least you have admitted that some of your habits are not good. That’s a good sign and that means, you are capable of changing some of those habits. And besides, your recipes are great and is a big plus for a mom like me. I’m sure your kids love your cooking. I’ll try to make some of these cupcakes for my kids.

November 14, 2011 1:37 pm

How cute are these?!? I bet they taste yummy!

November 14, 2011 1:39 pm

For real? I have to try this!

November 14, 2011 2:08 pm

What a great idea…and its makes such pretty colour cakes. Thanks for sharing xxx

November 14, 2011 2:49 pm

Your better than me, I even laugh when my kid falls. As long as he is not hurt, and even then I have to stiffle myself. We are both evil!

November 14, 2011 3:31 pm

Oh, my sister had Strawberry Shortcake dolls….my favorite was Lemon Meringue. I was a little too old for them, but did my fair share of smelling hers. 😉

These are so cute…and easy…and I LOVE that! And I’ve never seen that flavor Sierra Mist…it sounds delicious and the perfect addition to any cupcake!

November 14, 2011 4:15 pm

You would not be able to use diet soda as heating up the aspartame in diet soda turns into a form of wood alcohol, which is poisonous to the human body.

November 14, 2011 4:22 pm

Wow, so easy and so fun! Great recipe!

November 14, 2011 4:25 pm

Ok, any ideas for soda flavored buttercream? That would be awesome!

November 14, 2011 5:13 pm

I’ve made diet friendly cakes like this with diet soda! this looks GREAT Shelly!!

November 14, 2011 5:46 pm

I make these type of cakes all the time…7- Up and poppy seeds with a lemon flavored cake mix is the favorite! I also do the same basic recipe with a can of pumpkin and a spice cake. 1 regular can of pumpkin puree and a spice cake mix. Easy and delicious! (and low in points if you are doing WW, which I am not! bahahaha.) My mother in-law taught me this recipe years ago. My Grammy make a German Chocolate cake mix with just a can of caramel pecan frosting in a Bundt cake pan. Fabulous also!

November 14, 2011 5:48 pm

I make these all of the time. My favorite combination is diet root beer and spice cake mix – YUM! :)

November 14, 2011 7:53 pm

I’ve made diet friendly cakes with this recipe–just using diet pop (soda). My favorite combination is chocolate cake and diet dr. pepper. Yumm. I think eating the entire cake negates any ‘diet-friendly’ ideas I have . :)

November 14, 2011 8:57 pm

I love Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash. I look forward to it every year. For some reason though I’ve only been able to find it at Dollar General, no where else and only in the 2 liters. Where did you find yours?

November 14, 2011 9:17 pm

I want to try this…seems there are so many varieties that can be made…and so simple which is a HUGE bonus. As for being a terrible human being…I don’t think so…people falling just happens to be funny…really funny….like laugh all by yourself funny. Just the way some of us are wired perhaps… :)

November 14, 2011 10:27 pm

I used to make these all the time when I did weight watchers (without the icing) and I could never taste the soda that was used…although a variation I liked was using sparking water instead of soda to cut out the calories.

November 15, 2011 12:28 am

What a fun idea!!

November 15, 2011 1:59 am

You are HILARIOUS. I love your baking and your sense of humor. Love it!

November 15, 2011 10:00 am

They do look yummy 😀

November 15, 2011 10:26 am

Very cool! They are very pretty too. And I don’t think you are a bad person. It’s hilarious!

November 15, 2011 3:00 pm

You my sweet are brilliant.

November 15, 2011 4:43 pm

Oh wow! This is such a fun idea! {And don’t worry, I play the blame game too…}

November 15, 2011 7:20 pm

I did NOT know you could do this! I am seriously impressed. I love cake mix cookies, but this really knocks it out of the ballpark. Gonna try a few variations. I’d bet devil’s food with Dr. Pepper would ROCK.

November 15, 2011 8:28 pm

you most definately can use the diet soda. weight watchers has been doing it for years and i haven’t heard of any deaths yet 😉 and they are totally yummy!


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November 15, 2011 10:01 pm

Wow, I just had a serious cupcake craving. I wonder WHY? These look so moist and I looooove the color!