The Simplest Way to Bake a Cake With Soda

If you don't have eggs and oil, try replacing them with soda when you bake a cake.
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Incorporating soda into cake batter is a quick way to add flavor and replace other wet ingredients if you don't have them on hand. For vegans, soda can replace eggs in a cake mix recipe. It can also lower the fat content of a cake by replacing oil.


The carbonation in soda imparts lightness to the cake and many different flavor combinations can be achieved with a little creativity. The simplest way to bake a cake with soda is to use a cake mix. This method limits your ingredient list and will have a dessert on your table in less than an hour.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cake mix, any flavor

  • 12 ounces of soda, any flavor

  • Liquid measuring cup

  • Mixing bowl

  • Mixing spoon

  • Cake pan

  • Nonstick spray

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a medium-sized mixing bowl. You can use any cake mix flavor or brand for this recipe.
  3. Mix 10 ounces of soda into the cake mix using a mixing spoon or whisk. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour the cake batter into a cake pan that you've sprayed with nonstick spray. You can bake your cake in a 9-inch round pan or a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular pan.
  5. Bake your cake for the amount of time required on your cake mix box, usually 20 to 35 minutes.
  6. Test your cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick or knife into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.
  7. Cool the cake on a cooling rack and frost if desired.


Do not over-mix your cake batter. Over mixing cake batter makes the cake tough and eliminates the lightness and fluffiness that you want in a cake.

Typically, using light colored sodas with light colored cake mixes and dark sodas with dark cake mixes work best. You can use a dark soda with a light cake mix and the flavor will be fine, but the color will be darker than normal.