Low Fat, Low Sugar, not two phrases I typically use to describe my baked goods. I am big fan of the philosophy, if you want half the calories, eat only half the cookie, you still get all the taste. I do not try to replace butter with margarine. I do not use splenda instead of sugar. Desserts are made to be enjoyed. They are treats, and should taste that way.
However, recently I have been getting some requests at work to make something more diet friendly, and I had remembered seeing this cake a few years ago when a friend of mine made it and thought it was time to give it a try.
Most people are familar with the weight watchets one point cupcakes, which is chocolate cake mix and diet soda. This is based on the same idea, cake mix and diet lemon-lime soda. Except you need a lot of food coloring.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this cake before I made it. The one point cupcakes never impressed me, but this was so much better. Obviously the texture is different, but the cake is still moist and fluffy.
I highly reccomend giving it a shot. It is certainly a fun and festive cake. It would be great for a kid's birthday party or a gay wedding!
These are the ingredients: Two boxes of white cake mix (any brand), 24 oz of diet lemon-lime soda (I like sprite zero) , 16 oz whipped topping, two small boxes sugar-free instant vanilla pudding, and assorted food coloring.
To make the batter, put the cake mix in a bowl, and stir in the diet soda. Because the batter will be thick I recommend using a hand mixer to get out the lumps.
When the batter is mixed, divide the batter evenly into six bowls. Mix in a different color of food dye into each bowl until you get the desired color.
Grease two 9'' round cake pans. You are now ready to drop in your colors. I find it easiest to fill the pans simultaneously so you can monitor how much batter is going into each pan and to make sure there is an even amount of batter.
In the first pan drop your colors in one by one in rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
Now fill the other pan in reverse order starting with purple and then the blue, green, etc.
Keep adding the colors in the center. The colors will not blend, I promise.
Once you have used all the colors, you are ready to start baking. I love how the pans look once they are prepared.
Bake the cake according to the instructions on the package, and add about ten minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Take them out of the oven when they are done. Because the diet soda is changing the make up of the cake, the cakes will not be as big as a normal cake, but it will rise.
Here is what the final cakes will look like.
This is VERY IMPORTANT: Do not touch the cakes until they are cool! Leave the cakes in the pan. If the cakes are still hot, they will tear. Remember the texture is not a normal cake, so you can not treat the cakes the same way.
When you are patiently waiting for the cakes to cool you can make the frosting. To make the frosting put all of the whipped topping in a bowl, stir in the pudding mix. That's it! Your frosting is ready to go.
Once the cakes have completed cooled and the frosting is prepared, stack one layer on top of the other.
It is now time to frost the cake. Remember this is not buttercream, so it will not spread the same way. I recommend doing a crumb layer, refridgerating the cake, then frosting the cake with the rest of the frosting. This will help with the spreading.
There will not be enough frosting to frost in between the layers with this recipe. You can obviously make more frosting than the recipe calls for, but you will be adding calories, and the point of this cake is two eat something fun, that is also guilt-free.
The green has no significance, I just happen to have a lot of extra green food coloring. You can also coloring all the frosting.
When you cut this cake, you will get lots of oohs, and ahhh, especially if people are not expecting the rainbow.
I love how the single piece of cake looks on the white background.
Adapted from Omnomicon Mom.