Make this cake with two ingredients

Mix the batter until both ingredients are blended.

Maggie Curry

It’s happened. You found a cake mix in the back of the cupboard and are craving something chocolate — only to discover you are out of eggs. Or milk. Or vegetable oil.

Fear not, fellow college students and cooking slackers. You don’t need any of that as long as you have one thing: soda.

That’s right. This is a two-ingredient cake.

Ingredient one: Cake mix.

Ingredient two: Soda.

I tend to only make half of a cake mix at a time because I cook for two and we cannot eat a whole cake (if we are behaving ourselves). Maybe it’s more like we SHOULDN’T eat a whole cake.

Two-ingredient cake for two

  • 1/2 bag of cake mix
  • 6-ounce soda


Separate half of the cake mix from the box into a bowl. Measure out 6 ounces of soda. Add the soda to the mix slowly — it may fizz a bit. Stir cake mix carefully until mixed completely.

Pour into a small pan (I used a 12-inch round pan). Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Easy, right? Of course, you can make the full cake mix with 12 ounces of soda and a regular-sized pan. Just bake using the directions on the box.

Here are some fun flavor pairings to try with cake from Betty Crocker.

French Vanilla Cake + Orange Soda = Creamsicle Cake

French Vanilla Cake + Grape Soda = Purple Cow Cake

Strawberry Cake + Vanilla Cream Soda = Strawberry Short Cake

Spice Cake + Ginger Ale = Ginger Spice Cake

Dark Chocolate Cake + Root Beer = Chocolate Root Beer Float

Cherry Chip Cake + Dr. Pepper Cherry = Very Cherry Chip Cake

Devil’s Food Cake + Diet Coke = Sinless Devil’s Food Cake

Lemon Cake + Sprite = Lemon Zest Cake

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