The Coolest Cake Recipe Trick EVER! (And Spooky Halloween Fun with Fanta and Dasani)

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Halloween is my fourth favorite holiday (right behind Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter). That might not sound like a high ranking, but when you realize how much decorating I do during Halloween, you know that I take the holiday very seriously. The part of the holiday I have the most fun with is Halloween snacks.

During my big, pre-Halloween trip to Walmart, I picked up some spooky snack essentials, which included some orange Fanta. The Fanta, however, wasn’t only for drinking. It was a key ingredient in what would become Orange Cream Spider Cupcakes. I also picked up some Dasani water, which I would turn into adorable water mummies…but more on that later.

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Okay, so you’re probably wondering about using soda as an ingredient in cupcakes. It’s actually pretty simple (and delicious!), because it replaces the milk, eggs and vegetable oil. But that’s not the only benefit of using soda in your cupcakes and cakes. Here are a few others:

  • Soda is a simple vegan alternative.
  • It’s great for anyone with allergies to eggs.
  • Soda contains less fat and calories than milk, eggs and vegetable oil. You can even use diet soda, although we used regular Fanta for our cupcakes.
  • You can use other flavors of Fanta (all of which are caffeine free). Fanta flavors include grape, peach, grapefruit, apple, pineapple and strawberry. The possibilities are endless!
  • It’s perfect for Halloween parties and super easy compared to making a cake from scratch!

Don’t they look amazing? They really are! Simply mix one box of cake mix and 1.5 cups of soda – any flavor as long as it’s carbonated (do not add the other ingredients on the box). Darker sodas pair better with darker treats (like chocolate) while lighter sodas are best for lighter desserts. For these treats, I mixed French Vanilla Cake Mix with Orange Fanta for an Orange Cream cupcake. Next up – apple cinnamon cupcakes with Apple Fanta and a few dashes of cinnamon!

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Oh, about those Dasani mummies. I created those cute little guys to give away during an upcoming Halloween party. To make them, all you need is some gauze wrap (I got mine at Walmart) and some googly eyes! When you get the gauze wrap, do yourself a favor and get the self-sticking kind, which means you won’t need tape or glue.

Another great thing about Dasani water is that all Dasani bottles are made from plant resin and are a special shape that won’t fall over in the fridge. In other words, they’re good for the environment AND they’re sturdy (unlike most “green” plastic water bottles).

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I gave my Orange Cream Spider Cupcakes a Halloween makeover by adding little spider legs (shoestring licorice) and eyes (any round candy). The result is a spooktacular dessert that will take your Halloween party to a frighteningly new level!

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Orange Cream Spider Cupcakes
  • 1 box of French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1.5 cups of Orange Fanta
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • String Licorice
  • Red or black round candies
  1. Mix cake mix and Fanta.
  2. Spoon into cupcake tins and bake according to directions on the box.
  3. Once cool, frost and add string licorice as legs and round candies as eyes.
  4. Enjoy!


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  1. Those are the cutest things in the world. I love them!

  2. Cupcakes are not allowed in my house because i will eat every single one. I love the mummy water bottle idea!! I love Halloween so many fun things you can do with food! Thanks for the ideas 🙂

  3. I love it! The spider cupcakes are adorable, and the mummy water bottles are TOO cute. Great ideas!

  4. Love the cupcakes, we are learning about spiders in our science homeschooling lessons this week, the kids would love these!

  5. Those cupcakes look yummy but those water bottle ghosts? Those are awesome!

  6. Oh how adorable are those spider cupcakes! even better are those water bottles- I think I’ll make them for a get-together for our homeschool group!

  7. I think the kids would love these cupcakes, they look and sound very tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. what cute cupcakes! I really like the mummy sodas.

  9. Love it! You are so creative!

  10. I love these crafty Halloween snacks! These cupcakes look great!

  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    Your creativity shows with those Halloween spider cakes.

  12. I like the Dasani mummies, I’m thinking of making some. I have never heard of soda in cupcakes, I wonder if they would taste good with flavored carbonated natural water in orange flavor…

  13. ha, ha, ha… I am laughing out loud. Those are so very cute. Love them

  14. What a fantastic idea. They look so fun for Halloween. I think my kids would love these.

  15. These are so cute. I cannot believe Halloween is so close.

  16. I would have never thought to use Fanta in cupcakes. Pretty neat

  17. I’ve been seeing quite a few recipes with Fanta lately and I would never have thought to do them. Loving those cupcakes!

  18. I love the idea of putting Fanta in cupcakes! I bet they were tasty!

  19. I knew Dasani bottles were less flimsy, but I didn’t know why. Good to know! The spider cupcakes are adorable!

  20. What a perfect cupcake for Halloween! They look yummy too!

  21. I never heard that soda could be used as a substitute for all those ingredients! That is simply incredible to me.

  22. Samantha K says:

    Fanta is a great addition to cake mix! I love the Halloween look of the cupcakes, not too spooky and a little cute! Same for the Dasani water bottles! Great ideas! #client

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