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Thin Mint Diet Coke Cake, Single Serving

I’m a little grumpy today.
Truthfully: I’m practically fuming.
I spent about 6 (insert explicative here) hours on my (another explicative) laptop yesterday with the sole purpose of finding a suitable replacement for Picnik.
I even had a babysitter. That way I could just sit, and focus, and if I got a little grumpy trying to learn something new– my daughter wouldn’t have to see it.
Maybe you’ve guessed it: I found nothing. Nada. Zero. 
6 hours down the drain.
And still nothing to replace Picnik.
I’ve been telling myself that I wouldn’t start freaking out until March. 
That I’d just wait until March– and if someone hadn’t found something comparable by then, I’d let myself panic.
Well.
It’s March.
I’m angry.
I’m freaking out.
And I’m totally panicked.
I use Picnik for absolutely everything
I won’t go into how amazing and user friendly it is, because you probably already know.
Not only do I use it on my blog, but here’s my dirty little sercret:
I use Picnik in all of my blog designing. I haven’t got the foggiest idea how to use any other photo editing/graphic or image designining software. 
Not the foggiest.
Which became exceptionally apparent to me yesterday as I scoured the Mac Store and Google searching for anything that might work for me.
The closest thing I’ve found is fotoflexr. Which I already knew about and hate.
Anyway. My blogging/designing life is effectively ruined as of April 19th.
(good advertising, yes?)
So I’m extremely hateful today. 
grrrrrrrrr. 
Anyway. Since I wasted spent all of my valuable free time yesterday doing absolutely nothing worthwhile on my little “search,” I made something quick and easy to top off Thin Mint Week!
I’d love to write some kind of peppy description about how great it tastes, how easy it is to make, how brilliant it is to only make a single serving, and how conveniently it can be adjusted to be low cal if you want it to be.
I wish I had it in me to pepper my sentences with exclamation points and smiley faces as I tell you how much I enjoyed this rich and decadent, single-serve treat with a thin mint baked into the bottom of the cake– so the cookie is soft,  the chocolate is melted, and the thin mint flavor has permeated the entire little cake.
But I’m too depressed today.
The best I can offer is to go back and “bold” the description words.
And to go back and make another one for myself… a la mode of course.
You can’t do emotional eating the right way without ice cream on top.
And hot fudge sauce. And more crushed up cookies.
The crushing is therapeutic. I imagine that it’s the google man who decided to cut off Picnik.
I’m crushing him in my fingers and eating him for dessert.
Hm. I think I might feel a little better!

Thin Mint Diet Coke Cake (single serving)

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Ingredients:
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of chocolate cake mix
  • 2 tbsp. diet coke
  • 1 thin mint cookie (or keebler alternative)
  • optional: vanilla ice cream and fudge sauce
Instructions:

1. Grease and oven safe mug or ramekin with shortening.
2. Add cake mix. Mix in diet coke, until smooth and cake batter-like.

    3. Press a thin mint into the batter until the batter comes up a little over the edges of the cookie.
    4. Either bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes OR microwave for 60 seconds (as always, you will get the better results by baking).
    5. Top with sundae sauce and ice cream if desired (which it will be).

      Low Calorie Alternatives:

      • Use a reduced sugar cake mix
      • Use lite cool whip instead of ice cream on top

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      Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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      31 Responses to “Thin Mint Diet Coke Cake, Single Serving”

      1. Aimee posted on March 2, 2012 at 8:11 am (#)

        Oh Ashton I feel your pain. As you know I am computer stupid, and picnik is perfect for me! I’ve tried so many other things and they just aren’t user friendly. Lately I’ve been using fotoflexer, but it’s so incredibly slow. *sigh* If you find something PROMISE you will let me know (and maybe teach me how to use it too). Yeah, I’m one of “those” friends ;)

      2. Our Pinteresting Family posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:05 am (#)

        That recipe looks fantastic. I’m sorry you are having computer issues …what is google doing getting rid of all this stuff? I’m a new blogger so I don’t understand the point if so many people are using it. Megan

      3. Anna posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:22 am (#)

        I am right there (insert expletive) with you. I love google but this picnik business is really upsetting. I use it for everything too and man…what are we going to do? I am not smart enough for photoshop! Blech! Your cake looks amazing by the way. If I find anything I’ll pass the word along. Have a better day.

      4. Nicola posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:32 am (#)

        I can’t get over how creative your recipes always are! Sorry to hear things aren’t working out for you. I’m sure you’ve got it in you to overcome it and find a solution! Hope you have a great weekend.

      5. Jocelyn posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:35 am (#)

        I know Picasa isn’t at all close to Picnik but have you tried that? i use it for all my photo editing. Of course you know how computer stupid I am so, so i have no clue if it would work for your blog designs. I have PS Elements sitting here on my computer…but again you know me and computers…so far I haven’t learned how to use it:-( Hopefully next week when my sister is here.
        But until then huge hugs headed your way…and if you find something definitely let the rest of us computer challenged people know!!!!

      6. Hayley posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:01 am (#)

        Big hug on the way–I hear ya. Grumpy days suck and I hate when you’ve become so used to the way something works and love how streamlined it is and then BAM, it’s all foreign and different and weird (I’m looking at you, Facebook Timeline, blech). But cheer up, buttercup, this mug cake really does look delicious and I lol’d when you talked about crushing a wee little man with your fingers and eating him. I’ll ask my photography-savvy boyfriend if he knows of any hosting/editing sites for you and report back. Crush some more men while you wait :)

      7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:24 am (#)

        I feel your pain Ashton! I think I am almost to the point of starting to freak out. You made me laugh when you talked about envisioning the Google man and crushing him. I’d like to do that, too. This mug cake…oh, I want one now!!

      8. Momma Easy posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#)

        PLEASE do a blog update if you figure something out. I have spent tons of time searching too. I use Picasa but it just doesn’t have all of the same cool features as Picnik. How about Pixlr? I saw that it popped up on my Google Chrome…it’s ok, but still no Picnik. I’m shocked they’re getting rid of it, I hate the Google+.

      9. Barb posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm (#)

        Sorry you are down today but you sure picked me up! I LOVE mint but no one else in my family does. So I end up eating everything I make (not good). This one-serving size will be perfect for me!

      10. Kristin@gratefulbelly.com posted on March 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm (#)

        I’m mad about Picnic too, just as I was starting to edit pics for my new blog, I aaw they were doing away with it. It made me so mad, I stopped using it then. (I showed them, right)? I just have to say, you have so much talent and do such a great job at everything you try, I have no doubt you’ll find something even better. Just let all of us know when you do! :) I’m making myself a Thin Mint Diet Coke cake tonight. Feel better!

      11. Sarah posted on March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm (#)

        Ashton…I feel your pain. And I’d love to drown my own sorrows in this Thin Mint cake :) I bookmarked this two posts about alternate programs but haven’t looked into any of them…yet. Must get on that.

        http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2012/01/8-free-photo-editing-sites-alternatives.html

        AND

        http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2012/02/how-to-edit-photography-pictures-online.html

        Have a great weekend! You’ll find what you need in time!!!

      12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm (#)

        This would surely put me in a better mood! Looks amazing! And I just happen to have everything in my pantry right now!

      13. Sue posted on March 4, 2012 at 4:04 am (#)

        Oh, you made me laugh:) I am actually in denial about Picnik and consequently have procrastinated doing a thing about a replacement. So sad! I may have to double this recipe!

      14. alleyo {At Home With Alley} posted on March 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#)

        Hey hun! I just posted about picnik replacement on my blog, here: http://athomewithalley.com/2012/02/24/byebye-picnik-hello-ipiccy/

        I hope that cheers you up! :)

      15. Heather Alverson posted on March 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm (#)

        I am so making this!! It has 2 of my most favorite foods, Diet Coke and Cake. Plus I love Thin Mints and just so happen to have some in my freezer!! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello.

      16. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on March 5, 2012 at 11:06 am (#)

        oh that is too bad, at least there is chocolate. i have the worst pictures, so at least you know yours are always going to be better than mine:)

      17. Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking posted on March 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm (#)

        I had no idea that you didn’t use Photoshop or Illustrator. I’m sorry for stressing you with the new blog design now Piknik has gone.

        You really have to try Photoshop though, it’s awesome albeit hard tp learn. There’s Paint Shop Pro too which is easier. I’m using a Mac too. I’m sure you’ll source something. If it’s to do with photo editing, Aperture for Mac is good. Lightroom is even better. But for the illustrations, I’m guessing Photoshop ad Illustrator are the only ways forward, I don’t know of anything else.

      18. Cranberry Morning posted on March 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm (#)

        You are so right! Times like this call for a thin mint diet coke cake. ♥ So sorry about your photo editing. I have an ancient Paint Shop Pro that I’ve been using and like it, mostly because I know how to do a few (few!) things with it. Good luck with our search…and please, have your cake and eat it too! :-)

      19. Cranberry Morning posted on March 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#)

        You are so right! Times like this call for a thin mint diet coke cake. ♥ So sorry about your photo editing. I have an ancient Paint Shop Pro that I’ve been using and like it, mostly because I know how to do a few (few!) things with it. Good luck with our search…and please, have your cake and eat it too! :-)

      20. The Better Baker posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am (#)

        I LOVE YOU! This is the perfect little recipe for me and I can’t wait to try it…TODAY!! I will try to let you know when I share it at my own blog. THANKS SOOOOO MUCH! I am tickled for the other thin mint recipes too…I have one last ‘sleeve’ of them left, and will be creating for sure. :D

      21. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on March 7, 2012 at 10:16 am (#)

        I think we have all been looking… I’ve tried iPiccy and it has a lot of the same fonts and edits as Picnik. http://ipiccy.com/ Check it out.
        Love Mug Cakes! Quick and Easy to make without having 3 dozen to eat :)

      22. andrea.arch posted on March 7, 2012 at 10:34 am (#)

        Simply reading the ingredients is enough to make me start to drool a little….. ok, a lot. Can’t wait to make this!!

        http://www.andreaarchambault.blogspot.com
        Stumbled across your link on the Blue Cricket Design link party.

      23. Katie Adams posted on March 8, 2012 at 10:42 am (#)

        Oh my yummy! I would love for you to share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-31_07.html

      24. Kelley with an *E -Y* posted on March 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm (#)

        Just made this but used an Oreo instead – exactly what I needed! Thank you!

      25. The Better Baker posted on March 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm (#)

        Guess I was thinking I’d already told you, but I shared your recipe/photo for this lovely little creation at my blog today. Thanks again for sharing!

      26. Melissa posted on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 am (#)

        For alternatives to Picnik, here are 8 to check out: PicMonkey, BeFunky, FotoFlexer, iPiccy, WebFetti’s Photo Editor, Pixlr, LunaPic and Phixr.

        I love your blog. So much yumminess!

      27. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on February 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm (#)

        I am so totally into this beauty!

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