Cranberry Soda Cupcakes Recipe + My #Degustabox Review


    Anyone who knows me understands how much I dote on the Degustabox subscription box. And if you follow my blog, you’ll notice several different recipes I’ve made with the products in this package. Degustabox gets you in the mood to cook, and bake, and all that good stuff. Grab that kitchen mixer, measuring cups, your apron, and get ready to get your hands messy!

    So foodies, you’ve been warned!


    Here’s what all I received in my December Degustabox subscription box:

    • Pillsbury Purely Simple cake mix
    • Pillsbury Purely Simple frosting mix
    • Kala Beans
    • Honey Acres
    • Chips Ahoy! Thins – cinnamon sugar
    • Smuckers Fruit & Honey fruit spread
    • Urbane Grain 3-minute meal
    • Ricola
    • Good Thins
    • Loacker Gran Patisserie
    • Wise Popcorn

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    First, let’s get the basics out of the way. Here’s a bit more information about the Degustabox:

    Though I may sound like a broken record (remember, I’ve reviewed multiple Degustabox subscription boxes), but I’m reiterating these facts with every blog post. In this box, you’ll receive between 10-15 newly-out-on-the-market products that you get to try out in your very own home. It’s seriously like your birthday every month! For only $19.99, you’ll receive $30+ worth of fun foods. And while $19.99 is a great price, you can receive your FIRST box for only $9.99 – which is 50% off the monthly sale price! Just head on over to their website, and use coupon code 4F5AH to save.


    Most of the food we received were gone within the first two days – the popcorn, the Loacker Gran Patisserie wafers, and the Good Thins made delectable snacks during family movie night. Mama loves her some chocolate!! And while we were satisfied with the majority of them, the Urbane Grain 3-minute meal wasn’t one we were too thrilled about.

    This subscription boxes also include a few recipe ideas for the products – such as a Chocolate Strawberry Trifle with the Pillsbury mix, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies, created with the Smuckers fruit spread. I decided to try my own spin on the Pillsbury mix. By simply (see how I’m following along with the “Purely Simple” idea of Pillsbury?) adding a can of my choice of soda, I made a quick and easy cupcake dessert for my family.

    The cranberry soda turned the white cake mix pink, and gave a fun, little flavor to the cupcakes. They were a huge hit in my household, and my kids and I even took a few over to our neighbors home as a nice gesture. Their first question was, “do they even taste like soda?” The answer was a solid “no”. The cupcakes still taste just as sweet, with fewer less ingredients. Their main concern was tasting the “vegetable oil” in the normal recipes. Thankfully, Pillsbury Purely Simple mixes do NOT include vegetable oil in their “ingredients instructions” – only milk, butter and eggs. Sweet – literally!!

    Have you tried combining soda with cake mix to create a new and exciting dessert for your family? Let us know what you did in the comments below!

    Don’t miss out on trying out this baking mixes, and the recipe for the Cranberry Soda cupcakes. Believe me, they’re really good!


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    Cranberry Soda Cupcakes Recipe

    Cranberry Soda Cupcakes Recipe


    • 1 box Pillsbury Purely Simply Cake Mix
    • 1 1/2 cup Mist Twst cranberry soda
    • 1 package Pillsbury Purely Simple Frosting Mix
    • 1 stick butter (or 1/2 cup)
    • 1/4 cup water


    1. Preheat the oven according to the instructions on the Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake mix
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and the cranberry soda
    3. Mix well
    4. Fill cupcake pan 3/4 ways full with mixture
    5. Bake the length of time according to the directions on the cake mix box
    6. Allow to cool completely
    7. Prepare the Pillsbury Purely Simple Frosting Mix according to the directions on the package
    8. Top cupcakes with frosting, and decorations (optional - I used stars)
    9. Enjoy!
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