Reuse It: 1 Liter Soda Bottle

Make a cake!

No, seriously. Make a cake. It’s a fun activity for kids and a great way to get dessert out of it. Oh, yeah, and it reuses a soda bottle.

Well, I had planned on using a milk gallon, but found the one I had been saving for this experiment missing. My son was really disappointed. So, I looked around, desperately hoping that gallon was hiding somewhere.

Nope. But I found a 1 liter soda bottle. That could work. After all, I just wanted something my toddler could shake to his heart’s desire. And he does love shaking up his daddy’s soda.

My son was thrilled and eagerly ran to drag a chair into the kitchen.

What You Need

  • A 1 liter soda bottle, cleaned and with the cap
  • A  cake box mix of your favorite cake recipe
  • The ingredients for the cake mix
  • A funnel (one made of paper works well for the dry ingredients)

Method

Since our bottle was still a little wet, we had fun pouring the wet ingredients (the water, oil, and eggs) in through the funnel first. My son got a kick out of it. “It’s pooping!” Giggles uncontrollably.

We have a funnel with a small opening, so he became frustrated fast when it took forever to pour the mix in. Though he did have fun at first when he got to use a butter knife to encourage the mix to go through the hole. We found using a paper funnel was much faster as we could control the size of the opening.

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Once everything is in, screw on the cap tightly. And hand over to your kid. Shake, shake, shake! We used a lemon cake mix, so it turned a lovely shade of yellow.

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Now, how do I get the mix into the baking pan?

Fortunately, the plastic bottle is flexible. So it just took some squeezing and a little bit of a shake to get most of it out. My son had a great time with the squeezing. Again, “it’s pooping!” What is it with kids and poop?!

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Bake the cake. And admire how flat you managed to get that bottle.

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Mmm. Dessert.

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