Have you ever wondered How To Make Soda Cupcakes? This fun food experiment for kids amazed my kids and tasted great. We couldn’t believe that it really worked!
I love cupcakes. Yes, I do. I love cupcakes. Do you?
Sorry, guys. I’m losing my mind over here. I keep waiting for spring to come, but instead, the Northeast keeps getting more snow. I’m not sure what Mother Nature has up her sleeves for us next, but I sure do hope it’s sunny weather!
My main (selfish) reason for wanting the skies to clear and the temperatures to warm up is that my beloved little Angels are making me bonkers. The wind has been howling and the kids are avoiding going outside because of it. This means they’re inside spending way too much time practicing their recorders – over and over and over again.
So this afternoon, I decided to tempt them away from those lovely little sound machines and into the kitchen with a science experiment. My kids are always game for blowing things up in the kitchen and playing with soda, so I decided that we would combine the two and learn how to make soda cupcakes.
Yep, you heard me right. You can really, truly make cupcakes with soda. Pretty neat, right? And since my kids only get to drink it on holidays or special occasions, any time they hear the word “soda” – they come running.
Unfortunately, we usually just have ginger ale in the house. But this time, it was Blackberry Ginger Ale so the kids lucked out. The cool thing about this food experiment is that you could do this with a variety of boxed cake mixes. Although I wouldn’t substitute soda every time I made a cake, I imagine the flavor combinations are endless.
The kids came up with a list of other cake mix and soda combinations that they would like to try. I’ll definitely have to save these ideas for another time, but just in case you’re curious:
- Creamsicle Cake: White cake mix and orange soda
- Grape Ape Cake: White cake mix and grape soda
- Chocolate Root Beer Float: Chocolate cake mix and root beer
- Devil’s Food Cake: Devil’s Food cake mix and cola
- Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberry cake mix and ginger ale
How To Make Soda Cupcakes
MAKES 12 CUPCAKES.
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) soda (We used Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale.)
- 1 container of vanilla frosting
- 1 container of blackberries
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Pour the dry cake mix into a large bowl. Add fizzy soda to the dry ingredients. Using a hand mixer, blend on low for 1 minute, scraping down sides of the bowl, until all dry ingredients are wet. Then, beat on medium for 2 more minutes.
Step 2: Line muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Divide the batter among the cups and bake according to cake mix package instructions. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
Step 3: Meanwhile, pour frosting into another large bowl and set aside. Place a fine-meshed colander over a bowl and using a garlic press, squash the juice from 20 blackberries into the bowl. The colander will keep the seeds from getting through. Add your freshly squeezed blackberry juice into the frosting bowl. Using the hand mixer, blend ingredients until incorporated.
Step 4: If your frosting is a bit thin or runny, simply add the powdered sugar into the frosting bowl by the 1/4 cup and mix until you achieve your desired consistency again. Frost cupcakes and place a blackberry atop each one!
Enjoy your science experiment,
Would you like to see more cupcake recipes?
- lemon chamomile cupcakes
- hellmann’s® gluten free chocolate cupcakes
- chocolate zucchini cupcakes with chocolate ganche
- banana cupcakes
This post originally appeared on We Know Stuff here and includes 3 Simple Party Tips for Impromptu Get-Togethers.