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How To Make Box Cake Mix Into Vegan Cupcakes

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Box Cake Mix Cupcakes

If you're looking for a cupcake recipe to test your skills then this is not for you! This vegan chocolate cupcake recipe is the almost ‘too good to be true’ cheats way to get perfect vegan cupcakes every time, especially considering there are only two ingredients you need to worry about, and they're both already measured out for you!

They're lovely and moist and are perfect for parties or maybe even a naughty treat for yourself! It is worth mentioning that if you'd prefer one big cake then the method is just the same. You just have to make sure to adjust your cooking times accordingly, I find that they take longer to cook because the mix is slightly wetter than if you’d made them according to the box.

If chocolate isn’t your thing (or if you fancy a change) this works with pretty much all the Betty Crocker mixes! The only box cake that isn't vegan from that range is the red velvet, due to the sourcing of the colouring.

I’ve heard that there are some cheaper brand of box cake that work just the same, but I’ve never tried them so please let us all know in the comments if you’ve tried any other and whether they work!

For this recipe you literally just need the box cake and a can of any carbonated beverage. I’ve made them with soda water, lemonade, cola, diet cola, honestly as long as it bubbles it should work.

How does 330ml of carbonated drink replace the other ingredients? Why did someone ever try this in the first place? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m glad it does and I’m glad they did.

The good news is that the betty crocker icing range is almost pretty much all vegan too, and if you’re new to veganism the cadburys chocolate icing (and fudge icing!) are accidentally vegan too! If you want this type of icing to set though, you’ll have to pop them in the fridge when they’re iced.


Total Time: >30 minutes

Yield: 10 cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

1 Box of Betty Crocker's Devils Food Cake Mix

1 330ml Can of Carbonated Drink (I used diet cola)

Ingredients for the icing:

1 Tub of Betty Crocker's Chocolate Fudge Icing


1.) Preheat your oven to 180c. Empty the contents of the cake mix into a large mixing bowl and then add the can of coke. You should then whisk this mixture until it has combined, don’t worry about the bubbles, they’ll go.

2.) Spoon your mix into your prepared cupcake cases. You want each one just over half full because this will give it space to rise. You won't get as many as the packet says, as you're not adding as much quantity to it as instructed but I usually get about 10 cupcakes.

3.)Then bake for around 15-20 minutes, or until a rounded knife or cocktail stick inserted fully into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean and then cool on a wire cooling rack. 

4.) Allow your cupcakes to cool completely. Using a piping bag with a nozzle, pipe the icing onto the cupcakes (if you haven't got a bag or nozzle handy, you can just use the back of a spoon to spread the icing onto the cakes). You can then either top with any vegan decorations, or just leave them plain! Then allow the icing to set completely and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Written by Amy Northwood
My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
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