Tried it Tuesday - It's a Piece of Cake

Hi everyone, today is my first official day of school!!! So I am sure I will be a little tired tonight so I am going to go ahead and link up with the awesome blogger Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky....

I am sharing something really quick and non-educational - well actually I did come up with an educational use - read on to find out more :).

So this summer I tried making cake with a can of pop, actually I tried it twice. This idea has been talked about in our staff room for awhile but I just never got around to trying it until this summer (sorry if you are like, ya, been there, done that!).

So, all you do is take a cake mix and one can of pop. Mix the two together and bake according to the directions on the box. I believe this is a Weight Watchers idea and you are supposed to use diet pop but I choose calories over chemicals and just use regular pop (I also choose calories over dealing with stress, emotions, conflict etc. haha!). I also use pop from a bottle - just use 350 mL or 12 oz. of pop for one box!

So the cake tastes great and is super moist. I use whip cream or cool whip for a topping instead of icing. So far we have made a vanilla cake with cream soda and Devil's Chocolate cake with root beer. The cream soda turned the cake pink, the root beer you could barely taste.

Okay, so how can you make this educational - tree diagrams. Give the students different cake options, pop options and topping options (icing, cool whip, whip cream) and have them figure out how many different combinations are possible. Vote on the combinations and make the top 2 or 3 (if you do not have 5 students with allergies in your class like I do!).

I will also thinking of measurement and conversions and ratios but my brain is too tired from all the BTS prep I have been doing to figure something out - sorry.

Hope everyone who is heading back to school today has an awesome first day and a great week!!


  1. I have heard of this too but have never actually tried it! The cake looks great! I am with you on using regular pop. There is just something about diet pop that I don't trust so when I want a cold one, I go for regular now. :) Don't you love how we both use the word "pop"? I wonder what the percentage is for pop vs. soda vs. coke word usage?
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  2. I have seen these soda recipes for cake all over pinterest. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out. I was skeptical. I made beer bread last night. That was surprisingly good. The beer can substitute for a lot of ingredients. So simple! Have a wonderful first day, and a fantastic school year!

    Eclectic Educating

    1. The Pampered Chef beer bread is one of my favorites. Basically mouth watering.

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  3. AMC, seriously! How easy is that! I love it! I'm going to have to try it.
    Love that you call it pop too.. brings me back to my Western New York roots. LOL
    Have a great day!

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  4. In my neck of the woods everyone says pop. I have been calling it soda for years and always get a lot of grief from my family!

    Happy first day!

  5. I've never heard of this idea, but it sounds interesting. I love that you call it "pop" because I live in an area where I get laughed at for doing that. :-)

    Compassionate Teacher

  6. This is definitely a fun idea for the classroom!
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  7. I have read about this, but I've never tried it. I'm going to have to try it next time I need to make a cake! Too funny that we both talked about baking today!
    Hope you had a great first day of school.

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  8. I have never heard of this before. It sounds so fun - and easy!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  9. It looks delicious! After this Tuesday, I'd choose calories too! We had a fundraising assembly today after a long weekend. Whoa...

    Love that you tied in with tree diagrams ;)

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  10. #1 That cake looks delicious !!!

    #2 I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. My classroom is chevron and I've been trying to make a chevron blog, but it's a headache!!

  11. I've never heard of this recipe before, but I bake a cake with my class every year! I use the activity for measurement, states of matter, and physical and chemical changes of matter. I just wanted to share those ideas with you, now that your brain is on school-time!
    Have fun,

  12. Great idea! I'm loving that you called soda, "pop". We don't hear that much here in the south. I love anything educational that involves food, well, because I love food. Lol! I hope you had a fabulous first day back!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  13. Are you kidding me? Never heard of this, but this is my kind of recipe! I can't wait to try it! I'll invite you over when I make it! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  14. Welcome back to school!
    I too choose calories over a lot of things...that's why I find myself on the treadmill so much.

    Thanks for sharing
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