Real Cake – HALF the Calories!

by Kim Calhoun on April 18, 2010

Finished Chocolate Cherry Cake

This cake recipe came to my attention from my friend, Phillip on Thursday. So this is kind of a guest post with me writing it. He tried it with a Coke Zero and posted it on Facebook. After seeing his results, I had to have one. I tried it with a few modifications.

Adding my addiction

Anyone who spends any time with me at all knows my vice. I have an addiction to Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi. Yes, it’s true. Although I have controlled my intake of this nectar of the gods, it would be very easy for me to fall off the wagon and consume large quantities in one sitting. It was so bad at one point, my husband threatened to have Pepsi back up a tanker truck of Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi to the house. So instead of Coke Zero, I used a Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi.

Chocolate Wild Cherry Cake

1 Cake Mix – I picked Milk Chocolate, but you could do any kind of chocolate you wanted… German Chocolate… Devil’s Food… whatever.
1 Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi – You can substitute your favorite diet cola here.
1 Tub Fat Free Cool Whip
Colored Sugar Sprinkles for decoration.

Combine cake mix and diet soda in mixer as you would making a regular cake. I put mine in two 9″ round cake pans but you could just as easily do it in a 13X9 or whatever you happen to have to make cake in.
Bake according to package directions.
Let cool on wire racks for at least an hour.
Put bottom layer on a plate. Top with 1/2 of the Cool Whip. Put on the other layer. Cover the rest of the cake with the rest of the Cool Whip. Top with colored sugar sprinkles.

Serves: 12
However, I could only get it cut into 8 pieces in the round shape. If you get 12 pieces, each pieces is roughly 175 calories. If you get 8 it’s more like 200. Still less than regular cake without the extra fat and cholesterol.

Other things I noticed:
1.The cake stuck. I haven’t had a cake stick in years. Here’s evidence of the FAIL! But it still tasted good.

Cake Fail!

2. The cake was moist. I really expected it to be dry, but it was really moist.

3.To get a more cake like consistency rather than a brownie like one, mix a lot of air into the batter before pouring it into the pan.

Mix a lot of air into the batter
Want a beater?

4. Try other types of cake mixes with other diet sodas to see what you can come up with. My bud, Phillip, told me he had heard of lemon cake with a Sprite Zero or other lemon lime drink. I thought about spice cake with a diet IBC root beer. Let me know what concoctions you come up with.

5. This is not my prettiest cake ever but it’s perfect for a family dessert.

The Final Test

Yes, it’s low calorie but will my kid eat it??? Yes!!! Here’s the evidence it’s kid approved.

Kid Approved
Kid Approved

Shout out for my buddy Phillip!

If you need Search Engine Optimization or Search Engine Marketing services Phillip works for a great company called Bright Cloud Marketing. He and the owner, Karen, will work tirelessly to make sure that you get the most for your money with online advertising. They really know their stuff and they will send you recipes. How cool is that??? Thanks Phillip.

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Liz@HoosierHomemade April 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

That cake looks yummy! Last summer I baked a soda cake, well cupcakes actually, and they were really good.
Thanks so much for joining my BlogFrog and introducing yourself! Your blog is super cute!

Kim Calhoun April 29, 2010 at 9:16 am

Thanks Liz. I love your blog so I know I’d love your forum too. That’s so cool!

Honey April 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Thanks for visiting my website today.

We make a chocolate cake that is egg free and dairy free and it is amazing. I wonder what the fat count or calorie count would be on that one? I can put up the recipe again if you like?


Kim Calhoun April 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I would love to have that. I think somewhere I remember seeing that. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud May 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Wow! That looks absolutely yummy. That cake would be a hit with my family.
Found you through the comment you posted in my Blog Frog Community. Let’s hope we both get some great feedback about finding sponsors and advertising opportunities! Have a great day.

Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

Kim Calhoun May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Thanks for stopping by!

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