Hippity Hoppity Carrot Cupcakes


 Hippity-Hoppity-Easter’s-On-Its-Way Carrot Cupcakes~

 Ideal to whip up in no time with

company on their way for Easter!


Using Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake Mix

and believe it or not. . .

a can of Diet Ginger Ale!


Along with some ready-made

Cream Cheese Frosting~


I saw Hungry Girl’s tip on Food Network

for making Diet Soda Cake

using an 18.25-oz. box moist-style cake mix

and substituting the oil and eggs

with a 12-oz. can diet soda!


This was not a moist-style mix, but I already had it so I thought I would experiment and try it with cupcakes~

Carrot Cake Cupcakes, adding Diet Ginger Ale!


These cupcakes were moist, delicious, and oh so quick & easy~

perfect if you’re in a hurry and need a sweet treat

to take or serve!


I followed the box directions for mixing the package of carrots and raisins included in the Duncan Hines cake mix, with hot tap water and letting stand 5 minutes.

Drain the excess water, mix with the dry ingredients and add your diet soda. You could use diet lemon-lime or club soda~ I thought diet ginger ale would  complement the carrot cake flavor.


Bake 20 – 25 minutes at 350 degrees, following the guidelines for baking cupcakes on the back of the box mix.

Hungry Girl’s flavor suggestions include yellow cake mix + diet cream soda, lemon cake mix + diet lemon-lime soda, and devil’s food cake mix + diet cherry cola.


I sprinkled some chopped pecans on

top of the cream cheese frosting.


If you’re not wild as a March Hare :)

about ready-made frosting,

whip up some Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

for these cupcakes.


Everybunny will enjoy these cupcakes,

that hopped straight from a box

and a can of diet ginger ale!

carrot cake cupcakes

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  34 comments for “Hippity Hoppity Carrot Cupcakes

  1. March 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

    The cupcakes sound great Mary, but that tablecloth seals the show! Love the bunnies and lily of the valley-Gorgeous! Happy Easter Week:@)

  2. March 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Oh my gosh, I love these! They sound delicious and so easy! Love what you can do with box cake mixes! But of course your table settings are georgous….love the tablecloth background and the nanny plate! You must be totally organized and have a lot of storage area..lol

    Blessings this Holy Week,

  3. March 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I’m all for quick and easy. The devil’s food cake mix + diet cherry cola is calling to me! Hippity Hoppity to you!!!

  4. maureen
    March 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Sounds so easy especially if you have no eggs. Question: why diet soda? can you use regular soda? Happy Easter!

    • March 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hungry Girl is about ingredient swaps and cutting calories. You could bake the cupcakes with the oil & eggs like the box directions. I’m afraid regular soda would be too sweet with the added sugar.

  5. Cheryl
    March 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’ve heard of these diet soda cupcakes before, but have yet to try them. Yours look yummy and sound wonderful. You have inspired me to make them for this weekend. Happy Easter!

  6. March 25, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Please tell us where you got that tablecloth! I love it!

    • March 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

      It’s not a tablecloth, it’s a kitchen towel from Williams-Sonoma a couple of years ago :)

  7. March 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I just made a carrot cake with that same mix! I added lots of fattening ingredients though, offset [ha ha] by some freshly grated carrots. I was pleased with the result though, and it was soooo easy. It’s posting Wednesday. I will have to try the diet gingerale next time, what a great tip! Your cupcakes are adorable and maple cream cheese frosting, yum!

  8. March 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Love Hungry Girl’s ideas for lighter baking. The green cloth is lovely and so is the white bunny plate. xo

  9. Paula
    March 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for sharing!! The cupcakes look yummy, can’t wait to try them!
    Your bunny plate is pretty!
    Have a super day!

  10. March 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thanks so much for the recipe – I am going to try them for Easter. Everything looks so perfect – you do such a wonderful job on your posts.
    Have a very special week.

  11. March 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I too was going to ask why the diet soda…good thing I read the other comments and responses ;-) You’re right…the ginger should be perfect with the carrots…

  12. March 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Well, I will definitely have to give these a try! But I’m like you, I’d have to whip up some of my own frosting! Too bad the tea towel is not a tablecloth because you could have sold a bunch of them!

  13. March 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Ginger ale is so interesting. I’ve also heard of a pound cake recipe using it that was thought by my friend to be delicious. Adding the chopped pecans sprinkled on adds interest and sounds yummy. Your serving plate with the cup cakes is very cute and I like the way you elevated the center one. Makes it interesting.

  14. March 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    thats wild about the soda. love your bunny egg cups, cute~

  15. Deborah
    March 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I do believe I have discovered my Easter dinner dessert! Thanks, Mary!

  16. March 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Methinks I shall try them this weekend! ;P

  17. March 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    My daughter just asked me to bring carrot cake for Easter so it seems a good time to try these out. The cream cheese frosting is a must for me.

  18. March 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Mary, what a great idea! I call these recipes “Dr the Box”. Now this is my kind of baking!!!!

  19. March 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Wow, I love carrot cake and I just found out both grandsons like them too. I’ll be making these soon. They do say Spring in a muffin cup :)

  20. March 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    These look so yummy! I was planning on making carrot cake cupcakes for our Easter Dinner this Sunday and Now I’ve got the perfect recipe! I’ll be they are so good with Ginger Ale!!

    I hope you will come share these beauties at my link party, the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA! (Ole! Haha!) It is open now through Sunday at 8pm ET.

    Here is the link if you’re interested…. http://the-home-girl-blog.blogspot.com/2013/03/festive-friday-fiesta-link-party-4-and.html

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Hope you have a GREAT Easter Weekend!!!

  21. March 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    What a terrific idea for a diet cake mix Mary! I just love all of your decorations!! Your blog is so special and always puts me in a festive holiday mood! Happy Easter Mary and hugs to Chloe and Gracie!
    Xo Jeanne

  22. Shana
    March 30, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I saw this recipe and was very excited to try it but mine didn’t turn out. I followed the directions on the box, along with yours, drain the excess water and added a can of diet ginger ale. I should have known something was wrong when the batter was very runny and not thick at all. My cupcakes didn’t rise and tasted horrible. Very disappointed as this box of cake mix wasn’t cheap and had to throw it all out. =(

    • March 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Hi Shana, I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you, that’s a mystery to me. Did you hydrate your carrot mix in hot water for 5 minutes? My batter wasn’t runny and the carrot mixture makes it thick…?

  23. Cheryl
    March 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Just made the cupcakes hoping for tomorrow’s dessert. I had the same results as Shana did…batter too thin and cakes did not rise well. I am wondering if I should not have used electric mixer. Did you mix in your soda by hand?

    • March 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Yes, by hand, 50 strokes the carrot/raisin mix and ginger ale together with the dry ingredients. Sorry they didn’t work :( I’m completely puzzled… I’m going to make another batch next week.

  24. March 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I might give this a try.Your cupcakes are so cute. I love the egg cup idea.

    I made the angel food pineapple cake, that’s been on FB and Pinterest, for Easter. It is just a box of angel food cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. Mix the pineapple with the dry cake mix and bake according to box directions. I served it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. So easy and delicious.

  25. May 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Reblogged this on homeiswheretherootslead.wordpress.com.

  26. paula1bob
    April 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Went back to this post because I want to make these cupcakes in April. Long ago, I made the chocolate cake + diet coke & it turned out great. Your post reminded me about this recipe. LOVE your soft green w/rabbits tablecloth. Please tell me it’s new & available somewhere. Thank you.

    • April 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Hi, it’s actually a dish towel that came from Williams-Sonoma several years ago :)

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