Smart Substitutes: Seltzer Cupcakes

By now, most people have found the Weight Watcher's recipe for cupcakes using a can of soda and a box of cake mix. You also know I have a hideous sweet tooth, but hate fake sweeteners-they're just tooooo sweet usually. Today was born of desperation.

You see, for the most part, I've replaced my soda drinking with flavored seltzers. Every now and then I indulge, especially on cheat days, but generally I try to avoid the sweeter pops. For the seltzers, though, I'm particularly fond of the Polar brand; it seems to be super bubbly and says it uses nothing but seltzer and natural flavors.  Added bonus-it's cheap.  I got the new flavor, Pomegranate Sangria, thinking I love both so together they must be awesome.

It reminds me of children's chapstick.  Yuck.

But, I'm also trying to reduce waste. So I'm trapped.  How do I get rid of this vile concoction?

Cupcakes.  I had a box of chocolate cake mix I was saving to use up some stale Southern Tier Chokolat Oranj stout, but it was time to make cupcakes.  I've made them loads of times using the box cake + soda mix, but I had a feeling I was going to make them better than ever.

1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups, or 12 oz. Polar Flavored Seltzer
  1. Mix together until batter rather than foam.  Trust me.  Whip it good, but use your hand.  
  2. Measure out 1 heaping tablespoon into lined cupcake tins.  Should make 21 cupcakes at a whopping 76 calories each. 
  3.  Let those babies cool, and store some in the fridge and some in the freezer, or just eat them all, whatever.
These make a moist, rich, and wonderful cupcake with a touch of flavor.  The seltzer flavor is still there, but palatable encased in chocolate.  Next time I'm totally doing orange or orange vanilla. Mmmmm.

Seen served here with Jello Instant Chocolate, Sugar Free Fat Free with Skim Milk.  However, I split it into 6 servings rather than the 4 the box suggests. It makes a much healthier frosting.