Kids and Allergies: The easiest egg-free cake EVER
WHAT: Easier than normal cake mix cake
SOURCE: This recipe came from a Working Moms Against Guilt email. Originally, it was a Weight Watchers recipe, but it's so quick and easy, it's great for any working parent, egg-allergic kids or not.
OTHER ALLERGIES IT WILL WORK FOR: Many cake mixes also are soy-free -- check the labels. If you're avoiding dye, avoid Pillsbury chocolate mixes. Many have Red 40. Why do they do that? It's so unnecessary.
THE RECIPE: 1 box of cake mix 1 can of diet soda. Follow normal cake mix directions.
And that's all there is to it. Honestly, it really works!
I was skeptical, not because of the soda (a lot of my egg-free recipes use club soda. I'm guessing the carbonation acts as leavening.) but because it didn't sound like enough liquid. A cup and a half doesn't come close to the water, oil and eggs a mix normally uses.
I've played with the recipe a bit, and upping the soda to a cup and three-quarters DOES taste a bit better to me. But, then, I like really dense cakes -- which is why I rarely used cake mixes even before eggs were an issue.
I've tried it so far with Betty Crocker chocolate mixes and Diet Dr. Pepper. The results are great in cupcakes and layers up to eight inches. Anything bigger than that, I recommend spraying the pan with an oil-four combination spray such as Baker's Joy, lining the bottom with parchment paper and spraying again.
The layers will be noticably shorter than an egg version, but the taste is great. Better in a lot of ways, because it's moister.
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