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A skinny, low fat, chocolate cupcake soaked in a sugar-free, fat-free pudding and topped with fat-free Cool Whip. You can still enjoy dessert without all the calories. It’s a poke cake cupcake! 

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An unwrapped chocolate cupcake on a piece of burlap with a bowl of strawberries in the background

While most of the desserts are my blog are loaded with calories- I mean if you’re going to eat desserts then eat dessert. However, too many times in my adult life I’ve found that I really need some alternative options with less guilt. 

I’ve share my weight loss journey before, and a lot has changed in my life since I hit my lowest weight. Regardless, I feel as though it’s important to have alternative, lower calorie desserts that can be enjoyed throughout the year. 

These Skinny Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes are worth every bite. They are basically a skinny poke cake. I don’t know about you, but controlling portions is always a problem for me, especially when it comes to cakes. Single serving desserts are much more manageable for me. 

A small glass sundae cup with a cupcake and spoon in it, the cupcake has a bite taken out of it

Instead of making a cake and estimating the portion sizes, I made this into cupcakes instead. These cupcakes in particular are low in fat! The only fat in this recipe is from the actual cake mix itself because I chose to use mostly fat-free ingredients. 

Have you ever heard of diet soda cake?

The cupcakes are prepared with a cake mix and a diet Coke. Yes, diet Coke. It’s totally a thing and it’s freaking delicious! My jaw nearly hit the floor during my first few Weight Watcher meetings when I learned that you could add a can of diet soda to a cake mix, and that it would actually turn out good!

Now I am not saying that cake mix and diet soda is good for you, but it can be a quick alternative for you to enjoy some dessert. I know cake mix and diet coke are not healthy. This is not meant to be a “healthy” recipe, It’s a lower calorie, lower fat option available for you to make. 

An unwrapped chocolate cupcake on a piece of burlap with a strawberry and a spoon next to it

After that meeting, I immediately went home and made a diet 7-up and vanilla cake and I was blown away at how good it was. I brought it into my office and my coworkers didn’t believe me- it was that good.

One day my boss came in and said he made a chocolate cake with root beer soda and it was out of this world. He was hooked. Since then, I have been making these diet soda cakes every once in awhile. I am not sure who is the originator of idea. 


A white cake stand with chocolate cupcakes and white frosting

Helpful Tips

Anyhow, I was also skeptical of the “poke cake” effect in these cupcakes and if the liners could withstand the pudding, and it totally worked!

  • I would recommend using an oversized cupcake liner to allow for more room for the pudding. The jumbo cupcake liners will work in a standard cupcake pan, you just have to give it a little love and push it down into the bottom.
  • I also used a large cookie scoop to help control the portion of the batter, this is something I do when I make any cupcake. It is a 3 tbsp scoop.
  • When you are preparing the pudding layer, I reduced the amount of milk by ¼ C just to make the pudding mix a little thicker.
  • After you poke the holes in the cupcakes, you should use a measuring cup, or something with a spout to pour the pudding mix over the cupcakes. You want to do this BEFORE the pudding sets! Then refrigerate the cupcakes.


A small glass sundae cup with a cupcake and spoon in it, the cupcake has a bite taken out of it

Now these wouldn’t be a poke cake without a Cool Whip topping! I put my thawed Cool Whip into a piping bag fitted with a large piping tip to top these cupcakes, but you can certainly spread it on with a knife too!

Then I drizzled on some sugar-free hot fudge, which is optional!

One note about the Cool Whip. There is a 5 point difference between a container of Cool Whip Free (9 points) and Cool Whip Lite (16 points). It is worth finding the Fat-free Cool Whip (which is called Cool Whip Free).

For me, this recipe made 20 cupcakes, but it can be stretched to 24. Well these can be frozen and thawed as needed, or you can share with a friend! I am sure they would appreciate a pudding drenched cupcake and you don’t even have to tell them that is “healthy” or low in fat.

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Skinny Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cupcakes


  • 1 Box (15oz) Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 Can (12oz) Diet Coke
  • 1 pkg (3.4oz) Sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 ¾ cups non-fat milk
  • 1 pkg (8oz) fat free Cool Whip
  • Sugar-free hot fudge sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare cupcakes by combining your chocolate cake mix and diet coke, whisking until cake mix is dissolved and well mixed. Divide batter between lined cupcake pan.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes. Check the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.
  4. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely. Use the end of wooden spoon to poke 3-4 holes in the top of the cupcakes.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine chocolate pudding mix and skim milk. Whisk until pudding mix is dissolved. Immediately (before the pudding has set) put prepared pudding mix in a measuring cup. Gently pour the pudding mix over each cupcake, dividing as evenly as possible. Pudding mix will absorb into the cupcakes.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes until the pudding is set.
  7. Top cupcakes with whipped cream, dividing evenly between cupcakes. Drizzle with sugar-free chocolate fudge sauce if desired.
  8. Keep refrigerated or freeze leftovers.


  • Total Weight Watcher Freestyle= 112 total points based on the ingredients listed. To find the individual serving, divide by the total number of cupcakes. For this recipe, I got 20 cupcakes, which is 6 points each.
  • Nutritional information is estimated and if you are truly looking for the nutrition facts, I recommend basing it off the ingredients YOU are using. Does not include chocolate drizzle.
  • I specified Betty Crocker Cake Mix because the flavor is my favorite. You can substitute any cake mix you want.
Nutrition Information:
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chocolate Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Skinny Cupcakes

 Be sure to check out these skinny desserts from my friends:

Skinny BTS Cake from Something Swanky

Skinny Red Velvet Cake from The Domestic Rebel

Skinny Cherry Poke Cake from Yummy Healthy Easy

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47 Responses
  1. Deb Houston

    I used the 3 tbsp scoop and only got 12 cupcakes? Not sure why?

    These were still absolutely delicious! I even brought down the points by using sugar free chocolate cake mix and fat free Reddi whip! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Linda F. Resnick

    I made this recipe today. The large cupcake papers didn’t work well even with that extra push .It was difficult to give each the same amt because the papers didn’t fit right. I may just try to make this as a regular time. Any suggestions?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Linda, you can try using a glass to push the liners down prior to filling? The other thing you can try is baking the cupcakes, and then making the pudding, allowing it to set and then cutting out the center of the cupcake and filling it with the prepared pudding. It won’t have quite the same effect but it’s another option.

  3. Robin

    Will the cool whip frosting hold up in the fridge if prepared in advance. Will it stay piped design or eventually collapse. Trying to plan for an event. Thanks in advance.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Robin- are you using actual Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream. Cool Whip will be much more stable. Homemade whipped cream I always make the day of the event

  4. Julie

    I haven’t tried these yet but will this weekend. I was wondering if you ever tried it with the sugar free cake mix? What would point value be?

  5. Katie

    Could I use Coke Zero instead of Diet Coke? Sorry for the silly question, but I already have Coke Zero at my house. Lol.

  6. Nancy

    I made these for a party, but am pretty sure that I used the wrong size box of pudding because it as very thick. There is no size listed for the pudding; is it 4 or 8 servings?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Nancy, thank you for letting me know, I added the package size. It’s 3.4oz, so it’s the smaller of the two packages. The pudding should be in a liquid form before you pour it over the cupcake

      1. Marissa

        I had to buy one large box(2 oz) and one small box(1.4)to equal 3.4 ounces. It is not a liquid, it’s very thick and just sits on top of the cupcake. I even added a 1/4 cup extra milk to try to make it thinner.

      2. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
        Beyond Frosting

        Hi Marissa, I am not aware of the smaller box sizes. Are you perhaps located outside the US? How much milk did you use in total?

  7. Nicole

    I recently started WW and have been looking for good desserts. I put these in the recipe builder and for one cupcake, using the FF coolwhip and making 20, came out to 5 freestyle points each. Which is awesome! I will be trying these this weekend 🙂

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Nicole- that’s awesome!! If you ever have any questions or need anything at all, please shoot me an email. I am a lifetime WW member, you can read more about my journey if you’re interested, it’s on my blog. Be sure to check out the “Skinny side of sweets” category for more desserts. It is HARD to give up desserts, but my favorite treat it still the diet soda cake with berries and FF whipped cream, it’s SO good in the summer!

  8. Kristen

    I did a version of these for my son’s birthday. We are obsessed with Beyond Frosting’s Funfetti Poke Cake (you HAVE to make it soon), but we needed a cupcake version for a party. I put vanilla pudding on top of that recipe and my advice is work FAST! The pudding set so quickly before I could get it on all the cupcakes (our guests still loved them❤) As soon as you think the pudding mixture is combined with the milk, start pouring! All these recipes are amazing, I can’t wait to try more!!

  9. Rebecca Kleitz

    Can you use regular soda in this recipe?
    Cos I don’t do diet soda–it’s very damaging to the body and, well, I just don’t drink it .
    I’m not to worried about the calorie count at all. I don’t eat treats like this all the time, so when I indulge–I REALLY indulge! LOLOL!
    I eat mostly veggies, normally, but I gotta have some chocolate now and then! 🙂

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Rebecca, I suppose you could but at that point you might as well make a regular chocolate cupcake or cake. You might better enjoy my Sinful Triple Chocolate Poke Cake instead. It’s a really decadent treat.

    2. Linde

      Try Zevia cola. It is at natural food stores or in the natural food section of Kroger stores. It tastes good without all the chemicals. 🙂

  10. Jonikas

    Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe! 🙂 Being gluten-free I find it hard to get all of the different GF flours and other ingredients necessary to make something from scratch. I tried this today using the Duncan Hines Gluten-Free cake mix. Even though I was a bit skeptical about not adding the box’s required ingredients (eggs, oil & water), and using just the cola instead, it turned out perfectly! Thanks again! 🙂

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Jonikas! You have no idea how happy that makes me! I agree that baking gluten-free can be labor intensive with all the flours. I also really like the King Arthur Flour Mix GF cupcake mix. It is so awesome!

  11. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    Oh my goodness I’m so happy I stumbled upon your page. Everything on here looks wonderful!

  12. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    OMG these look INCREDIBLE!!! I love using diet soda and cake mixes for a skinny treat! These turned out beautiful, love your pictures (as always). Thanks for the link love, friend! Miss you!

  13. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I am right there with you needing the skinny desserts! These are incredible looking and look so decadent. Love love love that they are really light though! What an amazing weight loss journey so far…you got this. That 15 lbs. will be gone in no time!

  14. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat.

    What?! I’m totally making these. I love that you can freeze them and have them on hand for when that massive sweet/chocolate craving hits. LOVE!!! And pinned. 🙂

  15. Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box

    1. You are awesome! 100 lbs?! You rock! and 2. Holy delicious cupcakes! I gotta try the Diet Soda thing.

  16. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    My sweet tooth is begging for these lightened up cupcakes!! I love using my 3Tbsp scoop for scooping batter too 🙂

  17. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    Love these cupcakes! I love that they are fat free, full of chocolate and won’t make me feel as guilty after eating one!

    And congrats for eating healthier and starting a workout routine. You go girl! 🙂

  18. Beth

    I was just asking my husband what the calorie difference was between regular and fat free cool whip.. good information to know about the points! And you’ve come so far in your weight loss journey, thanks for sharing that with us!

  19. Allie | Baking a Moment

    This is amazing! I can’t believe how decadent this dessert looks yet every component of it has been thought out and calories cut. Way to go girl!

  20. D D Dell

    What a wonderful idea. I have made chocolate frosting using regular Coke, but this opens up a lot of new ideas!

  21. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Such a smart idea. I love how you test everything on your co-workers. They are a smart bunch so I trust that these are fantastic!

  22. Mir

    I never knew that you could do that with soda and cake mix! Now I have to try it, of course.
    These look so good. You’d never guess they’re not full of sugar!

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