WW Recipe of the Day: Guiltless 2-Ingredient 7-Up Cupcakes
I'm a cupcake person. I love the little portions of deliciousness and I enjoy the anticipation of taking off the wrappers and that first bite of cake and icing.
Maybe it's because I grew up with Hostess Creme-filled Cupcakes. I became an expert at pulling off the chocolate squiggle, eating around the creme and then getting that mouthful of cream. It taught me what I needed to know about cupcakes. They have to be delicious and fun.
Now decades later, I searched and searched for a guilt-free version of this delightful treat. Who knew that the tried and true Betty Crocker and her soda pop cupcakes would come through with flying colors.
By using one of her many cake mixes and substituting diet soda for the oil and egg, you get an incredibly delicious and fun alternative to the old-fashioned cake. I was shocked, happy and excited when we first tried this for a birthday celebration a few weeks ago. Now I'm sold!
How Many Calories and WW Points in these 2-Ingredient Soda Cupcakes?
According to my calculations, each plain cupcake (without icing) has 80 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
The addition of my optional icing will add about 5 calories per cupcake.
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How to Make 2-Ingredient Cupcakes
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Heat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a cupcake or muffin tin with paper liners.
Step 3: In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and soda.
Ladle or spoon into the prepared pan.
Step 4: Bake for 14 to 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Step 5: Remove to a wire rack and cool.
Step 6: For the optional icing: Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl (affiliate link). When cupcakes are cool, lightly "butter" or spread each one with icing. (Alternatively use your favorite prepared icing - be sure to adjust the WW points accordingly.)
Step 7: Decorate with sprinkles, fruit, ground nuts or just serve plain.
Skinny 2-Ingredient Cupcake Recipe Notes
I used a yellow cake mix to make this version of skinny soda pop cupcakes. White or lemon would also work well with the lemon/lime flavors of diet 7up.
Feel free to add 2 teaspoons of lemon zest, orange zest or substitute ¼ teaspoon of almond extract for the vanilla.
Other cake mix soda & soda combinations I want to try include:
- chocolate cake mix and diet coke
- spice cake mix and diet ginger ale
- chocolate cake mix and diet cherry coke
- cherry chip cake mix and diet cherry 7up
A good strong cup of coffee, or tea, is what I like with my cupcakes. However a glass of milk or a flute of champagne would be a lovely alternative.
How to Store Leftover Cupcakes
You'll have plenty of cupcakes to store in a covered container for up to 2 days at room temperature. These also freeze beautifully. If you make and want to freeze these cupcakes, a good tip is to freeze them in a single layer first.
Once solidly frozen, you can place the cupcakes in plastic bags or layer them in a tupperware. This way you'll avoid any cakes sticking together. Simply thaw and eat.
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Skinny 2-Ingredient 7-Up Cupcakes
- 1 Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix (15.25 ounces)
- 1 can (12 ounces) Diet 7-Up
- ¼ cup Swerve confectioner's sugar
- 1 tablespoon Limoncello liquer (or lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- ½ tablespoon low-fat milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat the oven to 350F degrees. Line cupcake or muffin tins with paper liners. (I was able to make 20 cupcakes.)
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and soda. It will bubble up but then settle down as you continue to stir it. With a spoon, ladle or ice cream scoop divide the batter evenly among the cups.
- Bake for 14 to 19 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool the cupcakes in pan(s) for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. Enjoy plain or top with optional icing.
- Mix together all the ingredients (confectioner's sugar, Limoncello, butter, milk and vanilla) in a small bowl.
- When cupcakes are cool, lightly "butter" or spread each one with icing. (Alternatively use your favorite prepared icing - be sure to adjust the WW points accordingly.) Decorate with sprinkles, fruit, ground nuts or just serve plain.
Source: adapted from Betty Crocker
Here's a video verifying how easy these cupcakes are to make and tasty to eat:
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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I had never heard of this 2-ingredient recipe, so I had to give it a try.
They are delicious! I added a couple of drops of doTERRA lemon so mine were super lemony. I think they are great even without the icing.
Large cupcake is 4 points and small muffins are 2? Is that correct? Why change points? Same recipe from years and years past. Cupcakes use to be 2!
Lovely recipe - especially for summer. Quick & easy, very refreshing taste!
Have you removed the links to Pinterest? The last few things I tried to save I had to do a different way. Missing the links! Or maybe I missed it?
Hi Sarah, the pins can be wonky sometimes. I just tried and if you hover over the photos the red Pinterest Save button appears. I was able to save to Pinterest using it. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Hi Sarah, We had a technical glitch, but it has been corrected so you should be able to Pin away. Thanks for your patience. ~Martha
I've been making these cupcakes with Dr. Brown's Black Cherry soda for years their an old time WW recipe. Their my favorite and so easy to make. I'm going to try the other flavors that you suggested because I bought a spice cake mix and wasn't sure how the Black Cherry would taste.
Made this cake the other day and it was fantastic. So moist and light. This cake plus the other flavor cakes with the diet sodas will be my go to sweet. Just love it!!
Can you use a sugar free cake mix?
Yes, you can use sugar free cake mix. ~Martha
Can you use a flavored carbonated water like Bubly?
Hi Heather, yes you can definitely use flavored carbonated water instead of diet soda ~Martha
How many points is you use sugar free cake mix if it makes 24 cupcakes
This is really encouraging to be able to make a low calorie cupcake. I’m thinking of all the possibilities. Could use half a cake mix and 6 oz.diet soda or carbonated water and make a 8” cake. Thank you so much for the recipe
I haven't made these yet-trying to resist but won't...wondering if I could use a gluten free cake mix. Has anyone tried this?
I am so happy I found this website!!!
I love the simplicity of your recipes.
Do you think I could make this cupcake recipe into a bunt
Angel, I haven't tried it but believe it will work. ~Martha
I am shocked! I doubted that it was going to work as I was mixing it. They are delicious! It will be a new staple for sure!
Cherry 7 up and then made it again with red velvet cake mix and a can of diet while cherry Pepsi. Both were delicious
Absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!! Loved them!!!!
How much batter, 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup, etc, do you put in each cupcake "paper" or in the muffin tin so the batter will be evenly divided?
I just fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Can I use a Bundt pan instead of cupcake tin?
Hi Lorraine, I've only every made cupcakes from this recipe. I'm concerned that the batter might be too fragile for a bundt pan though I haven't tried it. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Can you use Diet Sprite instead of 7up?
Does this taste like 7cup cake?
Hi Trice, I don't think I've had 7cup cake or 7 up cake only these cupcakes. ~Martha