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Soda Can Cupcakes


Whip up a batch of soda can cupcakes for an end-of-the-year school party, a weekend picnic, or a birthday and have your guests “guess the flavor!” Simply mix your favorite white, yellow, or colorful cake mix with a can of your favorite soda, and bake the cupcakes per the directions on the box. It’s that easy!

You can also add food coloring to the cake mix to coordinate with a special theme or event, or make fun soda fountain variations, like root beer floats. Top with your favorite flavored frosting, or try our recipe for cream cheese frosting with soda syrup.

Shop at Dollar Tree – Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Cake:

  • One 15.25-oz. Box of White, Yellow, or Colorful Cake Mix
  • One 12-oz. Can (1½ Cups) of Soda (Any Flavor)
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Baking Cups
  • Toothpick
  • Cupcake Pan
  • Serving Dish

For the Frosting:

  • One 6-oz. Tub of Cream Cheese
  • 2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Margarine
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Whisk

For the Syrup:

  • Two 12-oz. (3 Cups) Soda (Any Flavor)
  • Wax Paper

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Cake: Mix the cupcake batter according to package directions, substituting recommended ingredients (egg, oil, etc.) with one can of soda. Bake as usual, but add an additional five minutes to the total baking time. Cupcakes will be ready when an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the top of the cake springs back when pushed.
  2. Frosting: Beat the cream cheese, margarine, and vanilla on high with a hand mixer or whisk until fluffy. Slowly add confectioners sugar, and beat until shiny and smooth.
  3. Syrup: Boil soda in a small saucepan until it has reduced to about 1/3 of a cup. Allow the syrup to cool completely.
  4. Final Steps: After frosting the cupcakes, place them on a sheet of wax paper, and drizzle syrup over the top of the frosting. Allow to set before placing on a serving dish.