If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way to make Betty Crocker cake mix without eggs, then wonder no more. The answer is yes! In fact, there is a very easy hack to make Betty Crocker cake mix completely vegan. Read on to find out how this simple egg free method can make your life much easier.
Ingredients of Betty Crocker cake mixes sold in the UK were last checked on 8th March 2023. Remember, ingredients can – and do – change without warning, so always double check before buying. Please note that whilst the cake mix does not contain egg or dairy it does have a voluntary may contain warning for these ingredients.
How to make Betty Crocker cake mix without eggs & dairy
This method is really so simple. In fact it’s easier than the standard approach because you are replacing the oil/butter, milk and eggs with just one ingredient – a can of fizzy drink!
All you need to do is to add 300ml fizzy drink, such as lemonade or coke, to the cake mix. Whisk for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Then follow the normal instructions to get it in the tin and bake. That’s it! You don’t need to add anything else to the mix.
This method has saved many parents who find themselves short on time before a birthday party or school bake sale. I recommend keeping a can of fizzy drink and vegan cake mix in your cupboard at all times, just in case.
Is Betty Crocker cake mix vegan when made without eggs & dairy?
Yes, this method of making a cake mix using a fizzy drink is otherwise known as the Betty Crocker vegan hack! Because the fizzy drink is the only thing you need to add to the cake mix, there’s no need for butter or milk either. The dry cake mix itself doesn’t contain any animal based products. So, the cake mix plus fizzy drink combo is completely vegan.
Which flavours of Betty Crocker cake mix can be made without eggs
There are lots of different cake mix flavours available. This vegan hack will work with any of the standard 425g cake mix boxes. Options include:
- Devils food (chocolate) – which is also available as a gluten free option
- Velvety vanilla
- Zesty lemon
- Rainbow chip party cake mix
- Tempting chocolate
- Red velvet (this mix can be made without eggs and dairy, but unfortunately it includes an ingredient called carmine which is not vegan)
Which is the best fizzy drink to use to make a Betty Crocker cake mix without eggs?
Many different types of fizzy drink will work with this method. For a chocolate cake, Coke & Pepsi are the most commonly recommended. For vanilla or lemon cakes, Lemonade and Sprite both work well. Whichever flavour you choose, you will need 300ml, which is just under the amount in a standard sized can (330ml). Carbonated water will also work if you want a healthier option. But be warned – the rise is not quite as good.
Are there any other methods to make cake mix vegan?
Yes, you can also make Betty Crocker cake mixes dairy and/or egg free by replacing each of the usual added elements (melted butter, milk and eggs). So for example, choose 120ml oil instead of melted butter, 230ml plant based milk, and an egg replacer (such as Orgran).
Below are two real life examples submitted to my allergy friendly birthday cake inspiration gallery. I have described the replacement ingredients used below, and you can see the full details of each cake, including how to copy the decoration, in the inspiration gallery.
First is Maya’s car cake, made using the chocolate gluten free cake mix. She added oil and oat milk (check to make sure it is gluten free) to the mix in the quantities specified on the pack, plus egg replacer instead of the eggs. She cut and rearranged the cake base to make a car shape!
Emma’s puppy cake was made with the rainbow chip party mix. She used vegetable oil and whole Oatly milk. The eggs were swapped for a mashed banana.
Is ready made Betty Crocker frosting vegan?
Yes, the ready made Betty Crocker icing tubs are vegan! No hack is needed here, they are naturally free from dairy and eggs (although they do have a may contain warning for milk). You just need to browse my gallery of allergy friendly birthday cakes submitted by other parents to see how popular this icing is!
There are a range of different flavours, including vanilla, chocolate and lemon versions. Even the cream cheese style icing is made without milk!
The great thing about using cake mix or ready made icing to make a birthday cake is that it frees up your time to focus on the decorative aspects. As allergy parents we have to get creative; it can be really challenging to find a suitable and fun birthday cake in the shops. If you’re short on time or a novice baker, using vegan cake mix and ready made icing means you can focus on making the cake fun!
Betty Crocker cake mix without eggs
- 1 Betty Crocker 425g cake mix
- 300 ml fizzy drink (see recipe notes)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan.
- Grease and line 2 x 20cm cake tins.
- Beat the fizzy drink and cake mix together for 1 to 2 minutes, until thick and creamy.
- Pour evenly into the two cake tins, and get them straight into the oven.
- Bake for around 25 to 30 minutes, until a skewer in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- If you or your child has an allergy, always double check that the recipe and all of the components are suitable. This includes checking ‘may contain’ statements on each ingredient and making your own assessment of risk based on personal circumstances.
- Many different types of fizzy drink will work with this method. For a chocolate or red velvet cake, Coke & Pepsi are most commonly recommended. For vanilla or lemon cakes, Lemonade and Sprite both work well.
- If you want a healthier option, carbonated water will also work (but the rise is not so good).
- Whichever flavour you choose, you will need 300ml, slightly less than a standard 330ml size can.