Two Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Mousse

Monday, 14 April 2014

These cupcakes are technically two ingredient, but they aren’t really. I was really skeptical about trying this out, because they are often pinned with the tags ‘low calorie’ and ‘diet’ and ‘healthy’, and because the two ingredients are… boxed cake mix and a can of diet soda.

I know right.

So anyway, I put it out of my mind as an ‘Eh, it could be yummy but I don’t need to try it’ fad.

Then one night last week as I was at a petrol station looking at the $2 nail polish bin, there was a $1 box of Green’s chocolate cake mix. And then a whole stack of soft drink cans next to it. So I decided, why not.
So I bought these very expensive ingredients, and drove home.

I was still skeptical. I haven’t used a boxed cake mix since I was twelve, and it felt a little traitorous to being a foodie.
But anyway.

I got out a mixing bowl. Poured out the chocolate icing sugar – sorry, I mean cake mix, and then opened up my can of Coke Zero and poured it in.

It fizzed and bubbled and I could just smell the Coke-y smell and felt very confused about how it would turn out.

Anyway, so I preheated my oven. Prepared my cupcake liners. Spooned the batter (which is really liquid-y) into them. The Coke/Cake Mix batter makes a lot more than the dozen cupcakes the box is supposed to yield. I still felt unsure, so I pressed in a Hershey’s Cookies and Cream kiss in the middle of each cupcake. Why not, right?

Chucked them in the oven. And in about 5 minutes they were done. Skewer came out clean and everything.

The verdict?

They’re delicious. Moist with just the tiniest hint of Coke, and the melted Kiss in the middle was a happy surprise treat.

I didn’t fill them up enough, though, because they didn’t rise at all. So I had to make some icing to go on top.
I picked peanut butter mousse. I could have used the chocolate icing that also came in the box but… That felt like a bit much.

The end result was a quick, easy, supposedly healthy (well, maybe not because of the mousse) treat that I would probably make again. Maybe with a different flavor combination in a few months.

Has anyone tried this recipe before? What did you think?

Two Ingredient Cupcakes
  • 1 box cake mix (I used Green's Chocolate Cake)
  • 1 can soft drink of your choice (I used Coke Zero)
  • Optional: Hershey's Kisses, or anything else you would like to mix in
Preheat oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with cupcake liners (this makes a lot).
In a large bowl, whisk these two ingredients thoroughly. It will fizz and look like a Science experiment, but it'll work. 
Fill your cupcake liners until almost full, because these won't rise. I would say 7/8ths full. Or 3/4 full if you are going to put Kisses/what-have-you in. 
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Peanut Butter Mousse
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup thickened cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Whip the peanut butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl until combined. Add in the cream and beat until light and fluffy (like how you would normally make icing).
Put into a piping bag and pipe onto your cupcakes, or just dollop them on with a spoon. Or just eat it. :)

* I used crunchy Kraft peanut butter, but the nuts kind of got in the way when I was piping the icing out. If you're going to pipe the icing, use smooth peanut butter, otherwise, use a bigger nozzle. 


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