The real reason you should add soda to your boxed cake mix

We all love to bake special treats from scratch for our family and friends, but sometimes lack of time places a damper on that love. Or, perhaps you just don't keep your pantry stocked with baking ingredients. No oil, no eggs?  No problem. Enter the cake baking hack that you can pull off when you are short on time or ingredients. The boxed cake mix and soda baking trick is as easy as they come, and it could become your new best friend the next time you need to whip up some cupcakes for a school bake sale, or bring a cake for a potluck. 

Often referred to as simply soda cake, this cake baking hack requires two ingredients: boxed cake mix and a can of soda. Skip the other ingredients as directed on the back of the cake mix box and instead, just dump the prepackaged dry cake mix in a bowl, along with a 12-ounce can of soda, and mix. Pour the batter into a pan, pop it into the oven, and bake at the temperature and for the amount of time directed on the box (via Huff Post). 

That's it. Sounds easy enough, right?  But, wait, there's another reason you may want to try this hack. 

Soda cuts traditional fat and calories from your cake

The real reason you should try this hack: Using soda with your cake mix can also trim fat from your cake, and if you choose to use a diet soda, it can cut calories too. Huff Post referenced one recipe that combined a super moist white cake mix, with peach mango-flavored, no-calorie soda. This recipe produced a cake that contained 160 calories per slice, and 3 grams of fat. If this cake had been prepared with the ingredients as the box instructed, the cake would contain 228 calories, and 10 grams of fat per slice. Your family and friends won't just be thanking you for the yummy dessert, their waistlines will be saying "thank you" too.

And if that isn't enough of a reason, adding soda to your boxed cake mix creates lots of cake flavor possibilities. Break out the orange Fanta and vanilla cake mix and you have a creamsicle cake. Add ginger ale to a spice cake mix and you get a ginger spice cake. Let your culinary creativity run wild. Those who have tried this hack say that dark sodas intensify the taste of your cake, while lighter colored sodas like Sprite can add a new flavor component to the cake (via Insider).