Monday, August 23, 2010

Pineapple Ginger Ale Cupcakes

soooooooo easy, low fat, waist friendly, and quite delicious. i can't believe i haven't run across this recipe before. i'm always on the war path for things that aren't full sugar-full fat and these fit the bill. so easy and fast, i've already made them 2x's and i would have some in the oven right now, but BIG AL is baking a Pineapple Upside Down Cake...i don't know...all the sudden he felt like making his own cake...uh oh...could that be a subtle hint?...good?..or bad? i must admit, i haven't been baking much lately...i'm more into savory right now. the poor guy used to get a new fancy dessert every night. now sometimes he gets ice cream cookies. trust me...i feel the shame. i have to get my baking boots back on. this was a simple start.

a great find..besides being one of those "this-isn't-gonna-work" recipes, it's fun to make and it's kid friendly...did i mention it's fairly waist friendly as well? low fat with no added oil and egg whites only. so fast to whip up and, like i said, a no-brainer.

i know it's from a box, BUT the fun is in the flavor combos. so far i've made these Pineapple Ginger Ale Cupcakes topped with crystallized ginger, freeze dried pineapple and a classic vanilla butter cream frosting. also, not shown, was a butter cake and diet cream soda with toasted pecans...a little maple glaze might have been great, but i was keeping it a little lo-cal for my pals.

i think the recipe came from Weight Watchers, but i found this one at

1 box cake mix...i chose pineapple cake mix
10 oz. diet soda...ginger ale was a great choice
2 lg. egg whites...slightly beaten
1/2 cup toasted nuts or dried fruit or coconut etc.......optional
frosting and toppings optional...great on thier own.

preheat oven according to mix
prepare cupcake tin or 9x13 pan (lightly spray or oil). i don't think cupcake papers will work well with this...use a tin or silicon cups.
blend all ingredients well-no lumps
bake according to box-mix or when tooth pick comes out clean
let cool completely before topping.

Suggested Combinations from recipe at yellow cake mix / diet lemon-lime soda (with a dollop of Cool Whip -- tastes like a "Twinkie") , orange cake / diet Mountain Dew , cherry chip cake / diet cream soda , diet lemon-lime soda / lemon cake , angel or yellow cake / diet orange , white cake / diet peach soda , spice cake / diet lemon-lime , diet ginger ale / white cake , diet cherry soda / chocolate cake , Diet cola / devils food or chocolate mix , diet vanilla coke / chocolate cake , devils food cake / diet Vanilla coke , diet root beer / chocolate cake , diet cherry coke / chocolate cake , marble cake / diet cream soda , lemon cake / tangerine Diet Rite


ButterYum said...

What an interesting recipe - I've never heard of anything like it either. GREAT Pic!!!


sab le plaisir de gourmandise said...

just wonderful and amazing

Talky Talkie said...

This fascinated me and I had to try it. I am still fascinated but full of light, delicious cupcake! I don't know how it works but this has wonderful flavor and very light texture. Going to top it with a little reduced sugar frosting and feed it to the grandkids tonight!
Thanks...I used the diet ginger ale and white cake mix. yummy!

Tracie said...

I made these for a Labor Day party over the weekend. I like to offer a choice for dessert - a light one and a full-fat dessert. These went just as quickly as the ice cream dessert I made! I used the yellow cake mix and diet 7-Up. With a dollop of fat free whipped cream on top they were delicious!

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love the photos! beautiful.

Anonymous said...

So I decided that I had to try it! I used strawberry cake mix and diet cherry 7-Up. So we'll see how it goes. If this is at all palatable, Im going to try white cake mix and diet green tea ginger ale :)

Jules and Ruby said..., very daring first try flavor combo. i hope you like it so you'll try more. strawberry AND cherry...hmmmm...i hope you let me know how it turns out.

supri said...

very yummy

MaryM454 said...

can this be made in a bundt pan as a pound cake?

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Mary...i bet it could be. i have seen similar recipes with this diet soda mixture that use a "cake pan". maybe a pound-cake pan might be too thick? i have only made cupcakes. let me know if you try it...thanks

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