tonight we had a little cake & presents event for my grandpa's birthday, and he actually requested pies (lemon meringue and apple) instead of birthday cake. there are a bunch of people in my family who favor cake to pie, and they especially favor chocolate to non-chocolate, so we were scurrying behind the scenes to add a third option to the menu for that crowd. heh. my mom asked if i'd be interested in making cupcakes, and i was more than willing, but then while we talked she decided she wanted to try that soda + cake mix trick, so we decided to go that route instead. for some reason she had never heard of it before (i think it's an old weight watchers trick; basically you take a prepared cake mix, add a can of soda, and bake), and she was excited because she had found a cake mix that didn't already have milk or eggs in it. yay! she used a can of diet pepsi, and that was that. four adults and one kiddo chose the chocolate cake over the pies, and it was a big hit!