1 box Duncan Hines M*ist Deluxe or your favorite box of cake mix**
1 can of Diet Coke or your favorite diet fizzy beverage of choice**
Preheat oven according to your cake mix package directions. Spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray and coat with flour. Set aside. Empty mix into medium-sized bowl. Open can of soda and pour entire can of soda into the cake mix. Gently fold in with a big spoon or wide spatula until thoroughly mixed. Do not beat or over-mix. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake according to package directions. That's it. You now have delicious cake with no added calories from eggs or oil! This way, there are 1,920 calories in the entire pan, and only 30 grams of fat (3,480 calories and 180 grams of fat in the whole pan made the traditional way! Eek...). Each piece (of just cake) weighs in at about 213 calories and 3.33 grams of fat if you slice it into 9 servings. (A more decent sized piece than the suggested 12 servings on the box).
But of course, we need FROSTING!!
I know, I know. The world would be a better place with just a little more frosting. So, to top the naked cake, you can use Fat-Free Cool Whip (with just 20 calories per 2 Tbs) or Fat Free Frozen Yogurt (at about 100 calories per 1/2 cup) In this display, I made a little Cocoa Marshmallow Creme Topping.
Marshmallow Creme Topping
3/4 Jar of Marshmallow Creme
2 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa
1/4 Tsp Vanilla
Teeny bit of salt
Just mix ingredients all together and spread over the cooled cake. Dust cake with a little extra cocoa powder and store covered in the freezer.
The cake topping tastes similar to a Three Musketeers filling.
In the pic, I have topped the slice with a little sugar free chocolate syrup and a frozen raspberry. The marshmallow topping adds 78 calories per serving (if, once again, you slice the cake into nine pieces)...
**You can make the Diet Coke cake with any variation. Fun variations to try are lemon cake mix with lemon lime soda, strawberry cake mix with strawberry-kiwi soda, and vanilla cake mix with creme soda. In the cake I made, I used some of my shasta chocolate soda. A slice of heaven and I don't miss the oil one bit.