Have you ever heard of diet coke cakes (or diet coke cupcakes)? You can substitute diet soda for the eggs, oil, and butter in a cake. Sounds like a horrible idea? It actually works. Google the phrase "diet coke cake" and you will get this:
See? Everybody's doing it. "Go ahead and jump off a cliff, why don'tcha?" Okay, but, in all honesty, I'm not convinced that cooking with diet soda is entirely healthy. Diet soda on its own has some scary health negatives, and I have no idea what baking may do to it.
So this morning, I had an idea: If diet soda works, would sparkling water?
- Why it might work: if diet soda cakes are successful because of the carbonation (which sparkling water has)
- Why it might epic fail: if diet soda cakes are successful because of the syrup (which sparkling water has not)
Sounds like an experiment to me! "Science rules!" Thanks, Bill Nye.
The verdict? Ding ding ding, we have a winner! Not only are these things beautiful, but they actually taste good!
They started out like this...
But I decided to melt some almond bark to lop onto a few of them for extra crunchiness (and because these babies are only 60 calories cooked, no joke). So then they looked like this...
And no, they are not all that pretty. Here are some of the less beautiful ones (because I had no idea if this would epic fail and thus couldn't bring myself to use all of my pretty cupcake papers)...
What you need:
- 1 can of Sparkling Water (I used La Croix)
- 1 box of Sugar Free cake
What ya gots ta do:
Seriously, this is the easiest cupcake mix in the history of the world...