Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Soda Pop Cake

Hi, stitching friends!

As I write this, I'm mourning my iMac. In my mind, it's still very new, but according to the guy at Apple support, it is anything but new. (Apparently a computer I bought in 2010 is a dinosaur.) A few days ago, it started putting itself to sleep (screen going black) while I was in the middle of typing. I've done everything Apple suggested I do to fix it, from updating the OS to resetting the PRAM (whatever that is) to checking out my "hot corners" and energy-saving options. (I don't expect you to know what I'm talking about. I certainly don't.)

But alas, it keeps falling asleep.

Here's my philosophy on problems: Something is not a problem if, after you've fixed it, you're either the same as you were before, or better off. Since I'm getting a new iMac out of this deal, which will be newer, faster and shinier than the old one, this is not a problem. Irritating and stressful, yes, but not a problem.

What do you do when something stresses you out? I cross stitch, and I bake! Today I made a "soda pop cake," one of my favorite "secret" recipes. Excited for Mr. Wonderful and The Boy to get home today. I haven't made this in a long time, and they will be happy.

I learned how to make this cake years ago at a Weight Watchers meeting. It's so easy and delicious, and you will not miss the extra calories.

Soda Pop Cake

1 box cake mix
1 (12 oz.) can diet soda
8 oz. tub of Cool Whip Lite
5 oz. or 6 oz. container of your favorite yogurt

My absolute favorite combination is Betty Crocker Cherry Chip cake mix and Fresca. (Here's the trick: Pair a light-colored cake with a light-colored soda, or a dark-colored cake with a dark-colored soda. Avoid flavored sodas, as the artificial flavoring is rather weird in the cake.) Beat the diet soda into the cake mix for a couple of minutes, just as the package directs, but leave out the oil and eggs. Just cake mix and diet soda. Pour it into your prepared pan and bake as directed on the back of the box. You'll probably want to stick to the shorter baking time, and you might even check it a couple of minutes before. It bakes quickly.

When the cake has cooled, whisk the Cool Whip Lite and the yogurt (my favorite is Dannon Light & Fit Greek Strawberry) until blended. Frost the cake and keep it in the fridge. Serve cold.

This is sooooo good, and it's a fraction of the calories versus traditional frosted cake. You might even like it better. (I do.)

Until next time! Hopefully when I post next, I'll have Photoshop back up and running and be able to share some photos of my progress on Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow.


  1. Never heard of this cake! My sister's favorite WW is the angel food cake mix with the canned fruit filling. Will definitely try this soon! Like I need more goodies. Enjoy the new Mac.

  2. Sorry to hear about your Mac. But yes I stress eat like the best of them when something is going wrong in my life.

  3. I am with you on the cross stitching and baking! My two favorite things to do as well. I made my Mac last until this month from 2012. I just got a new one and I am ecstatic over it. I tried to make the other one last but I don’t think anything is made to last too long these days. Technology is changing so fast. Anyway I do love my new one.

  4. My Hubby had my old Mac , and the PC man made it come alive again.

    I want it back I miss it , the new one I have I really don't like but I have to go with it now cost to much!

    Enjoy your cake.

  5. Yes Meg, the computer "speak" is a different/difficult language to me. Hope the transition to your new computer goes well.

  6. Hmm, interesting cake recipe you shared! I hope the adjustment period to your new computer goes smoothly and is a short one. Have a super day!

  7. Hope your new computer works out well for you, Meg. My desktop here in the kitchen is also from 2010 and I do worry about it (I'm knocking on wood as I write this!)

    Yep! I'm with you--when I get stressed out, I stitch and bake (and also eat what I bake!). Exercise is huge for me, too--sometimes my husband will just say, "Carol, go get on your treadmill!" when he can see I'm stressing over something :) And I had an old coworker who used to try to stress me out at work so I would go home and bake and bring in the goodies to work the next day. (Yes, that worked well for him!).

    What an interesting recipe--I just might give it a try! Hope the rest of your week is stress free, Meg ♥

  8. I hate it when computers give up the ghost! It's always a little sad to me. You've spent years with them, you both are comfortable together. Oh sure, that one key might not work because someone just might have spilled a little diet coke on it....or was that cheetos dust? Any who and then WHAM! They are gone. Sniff, sniff....I hold up a cup of hot tea in memory of your dearly departed Mac. Long may your new one live for many years...oh and just a small little tip....apparently, the key board is sort of a diva and they don't really like to get wet or have cheetos dust in them...I know, I know...who knew, right! Wishing you a lovely day sweet friend. ((hugs))

  9. I have an old Mac that I bought ten years ago, and it is starting to give me fits! I am desperately trying to save my photos before I lose them, I am so technology challenged! Hope you adjust to your new computer. Can't wait to see your stitching progress

  10. Good Morning Meg!!

    I hope your computer issues are all taken care of! I understand some of the language but mostly I rely on my son Andrew who speaks beautiful computer language 😂😂

    Your cake recipe sounds interesting! I may just have to give it a try. It reminds me of the recipe I tried years ago that was given to me by a good homeschooling friend. All you do is take graham cracker squares, spread lite cool whip on one of them, place the other on top like a sandwich, Store in a ziplock bag and keep in the freezer for a really delicious snack. My daughter Emily still lives them❤️❤️ Hope you are having a good day. Sending hugs and love your way!

  11. My iPad is 6 years old and certainly showing its age. Stressful times? I bake too but my stove kicked the bucket a couple weeks ago. Another stove is forthcoming, microwaveable foods are expensive and tiring. I stress eat also but just ice cream, anything with caramel in it! Your recipe sounds delicious but needs an oven, lol. I'll save it.

  12. Meg, I have you beat! I bought my new computer 3 years ago to replace the one I bought in 2001!! It was still working but the operating program was XP and as they said at Best Buy, a dinosaur. I love your philosophy on "problems"!! I hope you new computer is "problem free"!! Mary

  13. How did I miss this post? I guess it was while I was sick. Your recipe is very interesting and one I think I will have to try. I already know you get a beautiful new computer. Congrats. RJ


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