Soda Can Cupcakes

These crazy simple Soda Can Cupcakes are made with just a can of soda and a box of cake mix. It’s like magic, especially when it hits your taste buds!

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.


How to Make Soda Can Cupcakes

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!


Soda Can Cupcakes

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These crazy simple Soda Can Cupcakes are made with just a can of soda and a box of cake mix. It’s like magic, especially when it hits your taste buds!


  • 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 1/2-2/3 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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183 Responses
  1. Corrie_Alexa

    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!

  2. Roberta

    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.

  3. 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!

  4. Jane

    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.

  5. Larissa

    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!

    1. Chloe

      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! 🙂

  6. Jen Kim

    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

  7. hillary

    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!

  8. Lisa L.

    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!

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. jen b

    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!

  12. Livvy Schwartz

    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!

  13. Cara W

    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.

  14. Sweet Treats

    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!

    1. Marie M.C.

      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.

  15. LB

    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. 🙂

  16. 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 🙁

    1. 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!

  17. 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)

    1. Laurie

      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.

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