Mountain Dew Cake

Mountain Dew Cake

Mountain Dew Cake

Mountain Dew cake is a family recipe that I learned many years ago from one of my aunts. At first I thought it was crazy. Who puts soda into a cake?! But it is delicious. I learned something that day. 

If you like any kind of lemon cake or dessert, you will love this Mountain Dew Cake! That is always what I tell people, it is just a really tasty and incredibly moist lemon cake.

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The recipe is simple as well. I literally just throw everything into the stand mixer to mix and then bake. It is just that easy. This is a great recipe for kids to get comfortable baking too. Because it is basically impossible to screw up, and the end result is something delicious.

Mountain Dew Cake
Mountain Dew Cake

Mountain Dew Cake Ingredients

Lemon Cake Mix, 1 box

Vegetable Oil, 3/4 cup

Lemon Pudding Mix, 1 small box

Mountain Dew, 1 12 ounce can

Eggs, 4

Mountain Dew Cake
Mountain Dew Cake

Mountain Dew Cake Directions

In a stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients together and mix well. 

Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray, and add the batter in. 

Bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes. 

Using a cake tester, check for doneness. The tester should come out smooth with no batter attached. If it is not done in the middle, continue baking in 5 minute intervals and testing. 

Mountain Dew Cake
Mountain Dew Cake

Mountain Dew Cake Notes

As I said earlier, I am a huge fan of the simplicity of this recipe. At first I was horrified to be using a boxed cake mix, as that isn’t something I generally do. I am all about making things from scratch because I know exactly what is going into my food and have more control over that. But that’s how I learned it and so the tradition continues. I’ve contemplated making it from scratch instead, but I feel like that will overcomplicate the recipe and take away from the simplicity of it. Sometimes you just go with the recipe, and that is the case with this one.

My nephew and I made this Mountain Dew Cake once when he was younger and I gave him a heart attack when I just threw everything into the mixer and turned it on. Funny memory. But it really is just that simple and why it is perfect for kids who are just learning the basics. I let Nathan, my husband, make this one on his own too, without any supervision. Which should tell you how simple it is! 

I learned to make this recipe when I was about 18 from my aunt, and it has become a staple at many family gatherings ever since. If you know someone who likes either Mountain Dew soda or lemon desserts, this is the perfect thing for them! My weakness in desserts is lemon, hands down. 

Family recipes always make for favorites in my mind. Una’s Apple Cake is another amazing family recipe that has been passed down for generations. This Mountain Dew Cake recipe comes in a very close second. I always smile when I see either of these desserts at family gatherings because it brings back memories. 

I love how certain recipes become staples at gatherings and during holidays, like this Mountain Dew Cake and Una’s Apple Cake. It is pretty much guaranteed that both of these desserts will show up on the table at any gathering. I find comfort in those traditions and knowing they’ll be there. Because people live on through their food and recipes. My aunt lives on through this recipe. Una lives on through her apple cake as well.

What are traditional recipes that you enjoy in your family that are like that?

Mountain Dew Cake
Mountain Dew Cake


Food is something that brings all of us together and where memories are made. Have you tried this Mountain Dew Cake recipe? What is your favorite dessert? Tell me about it in the comments. Check out my other dessert recipes!

Mountain Dew Cake
Mountain Dew Cake

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Mountain Dew Cake
Mountain Dew Cake


  • Scott DeNicola

    The good news is the caffeine in this cake will also keep you awake for hours! :).

    I do like a good lemon cake and this looks like it’s really easy to make which is perfect for me. I may give this a try this weekend while everyone is home.

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    Like you, I am also a big fan of lemon (or even citrus generally) in my desserts. I have seen a lot of simple recipes in my time, but this one takes the cake (pardon the pun). Your one certainly looked like it came out really well and I’m looking forward to being able to replicate this and try the taste of it. I’m all for anything that tastes great and is easy to create.

  • Sarah Emery

    I’m all for a simple baking recipe. Especially because baking isn’t my blue flame 🙂 I can also see this recipe a great introduction to baking, and a fun afternoon activity.

  • Melanie williams

    Ooo yes please. I could just eat a slice of that right now. It looks fab and bet it tastes soooo good x

  • Kay

    This Mountain Dew cake looks good and I can’t believe how simple it is! This is a recipe I have to try with my 6 year old daughter. I love that I can put all the ingredients out and she could make it herself! She would love this!

  • Britt K

    I’m impressed with how easy this sounds. I never would have thought of putting pop into a cake until I saw a post alluding to this concept a while back on Facebook. It had a variety of different cake mix/pop combinations and what the final cake would taste like. Unfortunately, it didn’t give any other information (like the rest of the recipe) so I just skipped past it. Now I wish I had saved it… I’ll have to try to find it so that I can try the one you listed here and the other variations the post included!

  • Kat

    Oh, that sounds so delicious! I loved trying Mountain Dew when I lived in the US, haven’t seen so much of it around here in the UK, though. It’s definitely something I never knew growing up, as Switzerland has different fizzy drinks. Makes me wonder whether there are recipes with other sodas available.

  • Lyosha

    I need to try it! Do you taste Mountain Dew vividly in it? It must be great.
    The simple recipes like ‘throw it together and mix’ are the only I actually can master. Thankfully I have a husband who prefers spending hours baking

  • Thuy-Linh Phan

    Wow I love the simplicity and the fact that Mountain Dew is already my s/o’s favorite beverage and I love lemon desserts. This recipe is on my to do-list, just need the lemon cake mix.

  • Kayleigh

    I’m with you on keeping it simple Erica! I’ve never added pop to baking before. I am struggling to picture how it would taste, so I may just have to try this!

    • The Prepping Wife

      Think super moist and really strong lemon flavored cake, Kayleigh! That’s the best way I can describe it.

  • Stephanie S

    I’ve never tried this before, but it sure does sound interesting using Mountain Dew in the recipe. I’m always up for trying a new recipe. We are actually going to be making some baked pudding cookies this week. I’m going to show my husband this recipe. He loves trying out new recipes, and I am sure this would be delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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