Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Two Ingredient Cupcakes are 89 Calories until I add this Five Ingredient Chocolate Icing, 223 Calories total

Yeah, literally 89 calories. 

Ok there are a lot of caveats to this. 

First of all there's a hack involved.  A Box of Cake Mix, that clocks in at 1600 calories total.  The box says 1/10th of it is 160 calories, but if you are making cupcakes like I did, it means that you are getting 18 of them.  Math puts that at a hair below 89 calories.

Now really you do want icing on that but that hack?

Diet Soda.

A Box of Cake Mix plus a can of Diet Soda gives you 18 "Right Sized" Cupcakes.

I was dubious, but it really tasted pretty good.  Yellow Cake mix, right off the shelf, and a can of Diet Ginger Ale.  When it baked, it didn't taste weird, or even taste like Ginger Ale.  They tasted like a Yellow Cake.  Different sodas and different cake mixes will taste different - Go Wild!  Be Creative!

But Bill, I hear you ask, what about the Icing?

I found a Five Ingredient "Simple Chocolate Icing" all over the place.  Now it's here.  I am using the icing at a "regular" rate.  Not a huge amount on top, I'll leave that to you.  I will do the math for 1/18th of the ingredients below once I piece it together.

Add Icing, 134 Calories.  Yes, do add the icing, it's a really good recipe, trust me.

Total is 223 calories, give or take.


  • Box Cake Mix.  I used "Duncan Hines" Yellow Cake Mix.
  • 1 Can Soda.  12 Ounces.  Pick your favorite flavor.  Diet, if you use regular it will increase the calorie count by 10 calories per cupcake.  Your choice.

  1. Mix the two together in a right-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Stir them together until smooth.
  3. Bake at 350F/180C for 18 minutes, give or take.
  4. Test the cakes with a toothpick so that it comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool.

Chocolate Icing (YAY!)


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 7 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, butter, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Mix using an electric mixer until blended and creamy.

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