Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes

5 from 7 votes
Making these cream soda cake mix cupcakes could not be easier! Even the icing is homemade and loaded with cream soda flavor. Whip up a batch today to share...or devour all on your own!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

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Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes are simple, delicious, and filled with such creamy goodness. They are easy and moist and an easy recipe to make. Using a boxed cake mix and some soda is a trick that everyone should know. It’s amazing how these two ingredients can work together to make the best cupcakes.

a closeup of Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes topped with sprinkles

These cream soda cupcakes are made with just five ingredients and that includes a from scratch icing recipe…just five ingredients! Can you believe that?! It’s why we love cake mix recipes so much. You start with a can of soda and a white or yellow cake mix, and you’ll have a favorite cake recipe for family gatherings.


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What We Love About These Cupcakes using a Cake Mix Recipe

This homemade recipe has two different sections of ingredients. We have two ingredients for the cupcakes themselves and then three ingredients for the icing…but since one of the ingredients is technically the same, this recipe only uses four ingredients! The best part is this makes a moist cupcake.

  • 35 Minute Dessert: These soda cakes are one of the best ways to make delicious cupcakes because it takes less time.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 5 different ingredients for this easy dessert recipe, so it’s just a quick trip to the grocery store.
  • Family Friendly: Creamy soda is a favorite for everyone. Perfect homemade cupcakes for birthday parties or a baby shower.
  • Adaptable: Can make this cupcake recipe low-carb or low calorie.
ingredients needed to make soda cupcakes

Simple Ingredient Notes for Cake Mix and Soda

  • Cream Soda: Your favorite cream soda flavor, diet works, too. It is a great way to make cupcakes.
  • White Cake Mix: One box of cake mix from Betty Crocker or any other brand. White or vanilla cake box mix.
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter, room temperature.
  • Powdered Icing Sugar: Shifted powdered sugar will make a nice smooth icing.
Cream Soda Cupcakes topped with sprinkles on a cake stand

Equipment Needed for Cupcakes with Cake Mix

How to Make Soda Cupcakes

These are the basic steps for making cream soda cupcakes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and then line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

cream soda in a sauce pan

STEP 2: CREAM SODA SYRUP

Then place two cups of cream soda for the buttercream in a saucepan and cook over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium to simmer until the cream soda is reduced to approximately 1/2 cup. Pour into a mason jar and place in the fridge to cool.

a collage of 4 images showing the steps needed to make cupcakes with cake mix and soda

STEP 3: BATTER

Next, in a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer beat together the cream soda and white box cake mix for 2 minutes, until light and completely combined. A little secret is to use a cookie scoop to portion out the cupcake batter into the prepared liners in the muffin tin. Bake cupcakes for 18-22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely as you prepare the buttercream.

STEP 4: CREATE FROSTING

Place the butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat together for 2 minutes until completely combined. Add 2 Tablespoons of the reduced cream soda syrup, then taste and adjust with more cream soda syrup, a little bit at a time.

a collage of 4 images showing how to make the frosting and decorate cream soda cupcakes

STEP 5: FROST

Finally, frost cupcakes using a pastry bag and finish with the sprinkles.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Soda Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS SIMPLE RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Bake the cupcakes ahead of time and freeze in an airtight container or wrapped well with plastic wrap or foil.

HOW TO STORE THIS DELICIOUS TREATS RECIPE

Store the Cream Soda Cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze as described above for up to four months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and then follow the steps in the recipe card below to decorate the cupcakes with the cream soda buttercream frosting.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS SWEET TREAT RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Truly it is easy to make a few changes to make this dish healthier, try using a gluten free cake mix or a low calorie or low-fat cake mix to make this recipe, or even try a diet soda.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF CAKE MIX?

Indeed, mix up your favorite flavored cake mix, try cherry cream or orange cream flavors. They really enhance the flavor of soda.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, it is easy to make as many or as few of these fluffy cupcakes as you need to.

CAN WE MAKE MINIS OF THESE CUTE CUPCAKES?

Yes, make mini cupcakes that are a good idea for parties or events.

a closeup of 4 cake mix cupcakes on a cake stand

Expert Tips for Making This Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes Recipe

  • Add a Cherry: Top with a maraschino cherry for a fun twist.
  • Fun Twist: Cut down straws and place one in each cupcake.
  • Variation tip: Add a little vanilla extract to the cupcakes.
  • Alternate ingredient: Cream soda extract can really up the flavor of the soda in this great recipe.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low calorie or sugar free versions of your favorite soda and cake mixes can be utilized.

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Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes

5 from 7 votes
Making these cream soda cake mix cupcakes could not be easier! Even the icing is homemade and loaded with cream soda flavor. Whip up a batch today to share…or devour all on your own!
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup cream soda
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • For the buttercream:
  • 2 cups cream soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3-4 cups powdered icing sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • Place the 2 cups of cream soda for the buttercream in a saucepan and set over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium to simmer until the cream soda is reduced to approximately 1/2 cup. Pour into a mason jar and place in the fridge to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream soda and white cake mix for 2 minutes, until light and completely combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cupcake batter into the prepared liners.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 18-22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool the cupcakes completely as you prepare the buttercream.
  • Place the butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat together for 2 minutes until completely combined.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of the reduced cream soda syrup, then taste and adjust with more cream soda syrup. This will make the frosting softer and more flavourful.
  • Scoop the frosting into a piping bag and twist the end to secure.
  • Snip 1” off the bottom of the piping bag and then swirl the buttercream onto each cupcake.
  • Use an offset spatula to smooth down the frosting.
  • Place the sprinkles in a shallow bowl and then dip each cupcake, frosting-side down into the bowl to decorate.

Expert Tips

  • Add a Cherry: Top with a maraschino cherry for a fun twist.
  • Fun Twist: Cut down straws and place one in each cupcake.
  • Variation tip: Add a little vanilla extract to the cupcakes.
  • Alternate ingredient: Cream soda extract can really up the flavor of the soda.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low calorie or sugar free versions of your favorite soda and cake mixes can be utilized.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 151mg | Sugar: 118g

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7 thoughts on “Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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  2. 5 stars
    My husband is the cream soda fan in our house and he is still raving about these cupcakes. The flavor is authentically “cream soda”. They were simple and delicious. Thank you!

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  3. I like many people use cake mixes as opposed to from scratch and I am excited to know that there are different ways to add some variety. I never knew that you can use ice cream soda in a cake mix, fascinating, delicious!!

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