As many of you may remember, I am a recovering diet soda addict and so nowadays when I get a hankering for soda, I buy Zevia. For those of you unfamiliar with Zevia, it’s an all natural, zero-calorie soda that is sweetened with stevia. I usually buy it at Whole Foods but recently a friend of mine put me in touch with the marketing director of Zevia who was looking for some fun and creative ways to include Zevia in different types of recipes, so I offered to do a little experimenting and they brought me cases and cases of Zevia to play with.
Now since I’m six months pregnant, I was unable to experiment with alcohol (which of course was the first thing to pop into my head) so I went with the next best thing… cake!
This is really just a healthier-spin on a recipe that has been circulated for years using traditional cola in a cake.
I used a box of Arrow Head Mills Organic Chocolate Cake Mix as my base, added a can of Zevia Cola, two eggs, and a bit of grape seed oil and the result was this surprising rich and light chocolate cupcake.
After having my friends do a little taste testing, not one of them could detect the secret ingredient, which surprised me because I felt like I could detect the cola flavor. Although now I wonder if it wasn’t just because I knew it was in there.
Either way it was a fun and successful experiment that brought us lots of laughs when taste testing with friends:).
As for the icing on these cupcakes, I just have to point out that there is no butter and no refined sugar – simply cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, and grape seed oil. I’m very excited about it, but I think it’s way too special to play second fiddle to my cola cupcakes SO it will be earning it’s own post just as soon as I get to make it again and snap a photo!!
In the meantime, since I’ll be wanting to whip up the icing again, do any of you have a good ideas on what to do with it?! Tips, recipes, thoughts… I’m listening!
Double Chocolate Cola Cupcakes
Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 12oz can of Zevia cola
- 1 18.6oz box of chocolate cake mix (I used Arrowhead Mills)
- 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup of grape seed oil
- ½ cup agave nectar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Sprinkles of your choice
Pre heat oven to 350
Combine oil, eggs, and cola in a large bowl and mix for about two minutes or until everything is well combined (a hand blender can help to speed up this process). Add cake mix and blend for another two minutes until well combined and you have a nice smooth texture.
Line cupcake trays with cupcake liners and fill each one about ¾ of the way up with the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely before icing.
Combine grapeseed oil, agave, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Sift cocoa powder into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix together with a fork or whisk until the icing has thickened and everything is well blended.
You can pop the icing in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Spread about 1 tbsp of icing over each cupcake and roll around in the sprinkles of your choice. Enjoy!
Makes 18 cupcakes
Nutrients per cupcake: Calories: 200; Total Fat: 6.7g; Saturated Fat: 0.4g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Carbohydrate: 34.3g; Dietary Fiber: 1.6g; Sugars: 15g; Protein: 3.6g