Most people love baked goods but don’t always have the time or knowledge to create their own bakery type items from scratch. No worries — here’s a hack that turns out amazingly delicious cakes and is so super easy, you’ll be baking cakes all the time. It does involve a cheat — a cake mix — but it’s what you add to it that makes the final outcome sheer perfection.
It’s called soda cake and this quick and easy baking secret was recently revealed on a Facebook page. The post read: “Soda cake. No eggs, no oil.”
It’s literally a cake mix and soda, what could be simpler? The post gave these non-challenging instructions as well: “Just add a can of soda to the cake mix and bake per directions on the cake box. That’s it. Done.”
There isn’t even any measuring involved! It’s perfect for anyone short on time and looking to dirty the fewest dishes possible during their baking process.
Of course there’s just a tiny trick and that is knowing which soda to pair with each prepackaged cake mix. They give a total rundown on which things combine perfectly, removing any guesswork from the process.
Here are the best combinations:
Strawberry shortcake cake mix and cream soda
Ginger spice cake and ginger ale
Devil’s food cake and Diet Coke
Chocolate cake and root beer
Lemon cake and Sprite
Cherry chip cake and Dr. Pepper
Others added their own ideas, with one person noting: “cheap vanilla cake mix with cream soda is the best!”
The soda hack isn’t just for cake mixes either, as it can be added to scones to make them lighter.
Another post on the cake and soda trick noted: “It would appear that no cake recipe is as easy to follow as the one printed on the back of a cake mix box. But there is something easier, dear cake-lovers. Swap all but the cake mix for a bottle of soda. Stir 12 ounces of a carbonated beverage into your prepackaged cake flour, plop the mixture into a pan and bake it in the oven as directed on the box. There you have it: cake.”
Among the many people who commented on the baking hack was someone who noted: “I’ve tried this several times. Comes out so moist! You can use just about any soda with any mix! Give it a try!”
Another commenter shared this different spin: “I have done the orange crush (diet) and white cake mix and baked as directed, nothing else… let cool and cover with cool whip and everyone loved it.”
On the Daily Mail‘s coverage of the baking trick, people made a case for homemade over boxed cake mix, with one person sharing: “I make cakes from scratch from cookbooks the traditional way. Cream the butter and sugar then add eggs and mix. Next the self raising flour and milk are added and mixed. Cakes are so easy to make properly and you can control how much sugar is used. I usually halve the amount of sugar stated in the recipes because there’s not much different in taste but huge difference in sugar intake.”