Mountain Dew Cake


I have a little bit of OCD.

I think everybody has it an eensy bit, right?


Like, for example…

Every time I drive past an 18 wheeler on the highway I count the tires.  Every. Time.

I’m not sure what deep rooted issues I have that’s caused tire-stress…but I count them.  Just to make sure.


Also, whenever I go into a public restroom by myself I look in every stall to make sure there are no hobos or serial killers hiding out, crouched on top of the toilet ready to kill me as soon as I drop trou.

I blame that little quirk on Harry Connick…did you ever see that movie Copycat?  Well, if you don’t want bathroom-stall-checking OCD, don’t watch it, kay?


Annnd I might be slightly obsessive compulsive about not eating purple candy, the way my sheets are folded before I can get into my bed and my magazine reading ritual…but I am not going to bore you with all my crazy.

So yeah…I have a few weird little issues that have plagued me for many years.  I don’t really see a time in my future where I’ll suddenly start eating purple candy or drive by an 18 wheeler and not count the tires or, (gasp) dare to relieve myself in an unchecked public restroom.


Sometimes to ease the pain of being me I self medicate.  With cake.  Made from Mountain Dew.

I should basically be a doctor, so I can prescribe cake.

Now this cake looks unassuming. Just a regular old bundt cake.  But looks can be deceiving.  I mean, I think I look pretty regular, boring even…but as we have already established I am mad-crazy.  Just like this cake.  Get to know it a little and you will see…

It is easy and cozy and lemony and delicious.  Mad-crazy good.

Make it.  Love it.  Embrace the crazy.

You’ll need a lemon cake mix and a 12 oz can of Mountain Dew.

Mix that together with the usual cake stuff…eggs, oil…

And pour it into a prepared bundt pan.

Bake it and let it cool.

Next, a cake is just not a cake without some sort of sugary coating, so mix together a little extra Mountain Dew and some powdered sugar.

Pour it over the top and watch it drizzle down the sides.

Let the glaze set and eat a slice or 6.

If anyone asks, tell them you’re taking your medicine.

Mountain Dew Cake
  • 1 (18.25 oz) box Lemon Cake
  • 1 (12 oz) can Mountain Dew
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp Mountain Dew
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray.
  3. With your mixer combine the cake mix, the MOuntain Dew, the eggs and the vegetable oil. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then turn speed up to medium and continue mixing for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour cake batter into prepared pan and bake 45 minutes, until cake is set and toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. When cake is cooled prepare glaze.
  1. Mix 3 cups powdered sugar and ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp Mountain Dew together in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir until there are no more lumps.
  3. With cake on wire cooling rack, place a piece of wax paper underneath, so when you pour the glaze over the cake you catch the excess.
  4. Pour glaze on top of cake allowing to coat the sides of the cake.
  5. Serve when glaze has set.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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81 Comments on "Mountain Dew Cake"


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Blog is the New Black
February 26, 2012 8:44 pm

Oh, heck yes!

Annie @ Annie
February 26, 2012 8:49 pm

Yum- looks tasty and easy! Love it!

February 26, 2012 8:50 pm

I just fainted. Cake and Mountain Dew?! Two of my favorite things in one dessert!

Kim Campbell
February 26, 2012 8:51 pm

Ohhhhh,mmmm, ggggeeee!! I can’t wait to try this! I am totally self medicated by Mt. Dew and Cake! This is right up my ally! Thanks for sharing!!

February 26, 2012 8:59 pm

okay, if i did not love you before I do now. For 2 reasons. one because i thought I was the only one who counted the tires. ARE WE WEIRD! second because I cannot go without mountain dew so this is amazing and wonderful

February 26, 2012 9:24 pm

I most certainly plan on prescribing cake someday! You can come to me for your yearly check-ups…I think we’ll get along swimmingly.

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
February 26, 2012 9:34 pm

So ironic that you are posting this today! I just read that you can substitute all the fatty things that you add to cake mixes with a diet soda to lighten up the entire cake. So weird that it works! Very interesting. . . .

February 26, 2012 9:54 pm

haha well I don’t know anything that cake can’t cure… I’d take a slice of this please! I love the mountain dew idea! So fun!

Heather (Heather
February 26, 2012 9:57 pm

i’m loving the cakes with soda in them! mountain dew’s a new one and it sounds amazing!

Kristi Canny
Kristi Canny
February 26, 2012 10:13 pm

Love you site and all the sugar filled treats you make!! Was wondering if Diet Dew can be used in this recipe? I love bundt cakes!!

February 26, 2012 10:23 pm

Haha! You just made my day! I thought I was the only person on the planet who didn’t eat purple candy! Maybe now my hubby will stop making so much fun of me- well in all reality he’ll probably just start making fun of you too- he thinks it’s so weird- which I suppose it is. 🙂 (I so do the bathroom thing too)!

Can’t wait to try this! Looks so yummy! Thanks!

February 26, 2012 10:36 pm

Good Lord! This looks amazing. I am going to have to join the Dew Crew and make this thing.

Glory/ Glorious Treats
February 26, 2012 10:41 pm

Yum, looks delicious! I totally wish you were my doctor!

My Little Otter
February 26, 2012 11:04 pm

I can just IMAGINE the tang right now. It is too late to make one…not that I have a can of Mountain Dew lying around…but…I NEED this. Seriously.

Carrie - Carrie
February 26, 2012 11:13 pm

Haha I love all of it!

February 26, 2012 11:18 pm

I’ve never made a soda pop cake but I’ve always wanted to!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
February 27, 2012 12:09 am

I’ve seen a recipe similar to this floating around Pinterest and also one with a can of Diet Coke.

you made me wanna try it!

February 27, 2012 12:53 am

Okay seriously I thought I was alone in my deep hatred for purple candy! I always pick it out and everyone makes fun of me for it. So either neither of are crazy or both of us are. I vote neither. Also I love Mountain Dew. Are we twins? 🙂

So going to make this cake this week!

February 27, 2012 1:01 am

I am with you on the whole check the bathroom stall before locking myself in. I have no desire for a hobo to knife me while on the throne:-)

This cake is all sorts of crazy good!!! Hooray for adding caffeine to cake!!!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
February 27, 2012 1:07 am

I love this! My boyfriend would die if I made him this cake…do you think it would work with diet Mtn. Dew?

I have made a chocolate cake mix using Cherry Coke Zero and it turned out goooood so I am thinking so but I would love your opinion on the matter 🙂

February 27, 2012 2:22 am

My husband loves mountain dew, and cake made with soda. I think he might eat the whole thing

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
February 27, 2012 8:36 am

LOL i so get you, I have weird things too, but I will never admit them. I will just eat cake instead.

Rockstar Wife
February 27, 2012 11:00 am

In the UK and a number of other countries it’s hard to get box mix cakes so I made something similar from scratch. It only has 5 ingredients plus the soda so really only 2 more ingredients than a box mix. It’s definitely worth making. I made 8 different types of cupcakes and blind taste tested them all and the soda pop cake won
The recipe I used can be found here –

Molly at Duchess of Fork
February 27, 2012 12:44 pm

I’ll take the prescription of cake any day. This one looks amazing. It will be wonderful this spring and summer. Great meeting you at BlissDom!

Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic}
February 27, 2012 1:17 pm

My little brother will LOVE this cake!

As always, I like reading what you wrote as much as looking at the pictures. You have a great writing voice.

Jane K
Jane K
February 27, 2012 3:25 pm

Can you use Diet Mt. Dew??? Just because I have that already thought I’d ask!!! Looks so yum!

February 27, 2012 3:30 pm

I used to drink 6 cans of the dew per day…..

February 27, 2012 4:33 pm

You make me laugh…EVERY.SINGLE.POST. I love your wicked sense of humor. Thanks for making my day!

February 27, 2012 4:45 pm

yummy, yummy, yummy, for my tummy.
Gosh, and I just made a root beer chocolate cake the other day so guess I best wait a couple more days before I make this one..
Thanks 4 the recipe; this one as well as all the others U post.
It’s much appreaciated.

Ashley Sovereign
Ashley Sovereign
February 27, 2012 5:03 pm

I have made this before for Man night at our place. They LOVED it!

February 27, 2012 5:59 pm

As soon as you mentioned looking in other bathroom stalls I *knew* you were going to mention Copycat. That damned movie caused me to sleep on the floor of my aunt’s room when we were visiting her in San Francisco (and ummmmm, I was 18) because she lives in San Francisco and obviously Harry Connick was coming to find me.

Lisa @ Sweet2Eat Baking
February 27, 2012 6:10 pm

My boyfriend would freak if I made this, he loves Mountain Dew, especially the energy one. Which would cause him to be a bit more hyper and more crazy-like than normal, yay!

I agree with the other UK lass, box mixes here aren’t too great and not a great variety but worth a peek when I’m next at the supermarket. If not, I’m sure I can whirl up a lemon sponge myself. 🙂

February 27, 2012 6:16 pm
First, I agree that we all have our little quirks and OCD moments…. just some more than others. It’s okay as long as there is cake. I agree. Second, I do have some friends in my life who are addicted to Mountain Dew and I’m sure would do backflips and kiss the ground I walk on if I made them this cake…however, and don’t hate me for this… I don’t like Mountain Dew. It’s just not a flavor I care for. However, I think I could do the same thing with a 7up or even GingerAle and it’d still be… Read more »
February 27, 2012 7:20 pm

Would this work with cupcakes do you think?

Lizy b
February 27, 2012 8:50 pm

I can’t wait to make this!!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
February 27, 2012 10:35 pm

I’ll have 6!! I love this cake! 🙂

Susan (Oliepants)
February 27, 2012 11:07 pm

My husband would love this cake! I’m totally OCD but if that was a problem solved by a doctor doling out cake – I’m there – OCD and all!

February 28, 2012 3:23 am

I never tasted a cake that included mountain dew as an ingredient. I love the flavor of the soda and I like cakes so I am ensure I will enjoy them more when combined into one. I wonder what other soda can be used.

Robyn | Add a Pinch
February 28, 2012 8:12 am

Whoa! Now this looks like a good sort of medicine! 🙂

February 28, 2012 8:20 am

As long as we can eat cake, we can be crazy together. YUM!

February 28, 2012 9:39 am

Josh would love this cake!

February 28, 2012 10:36 am
What is your magazine reading ritual? Here is mine. I slowly flip through the magazine and look at all the pictures and articles. I don’t read anything. Next, I flip through and read the stories I am very interested in. Finally, I take about another 2 weeks to read the things I’m the least interested in. My first go through, I never ever read anything. Yes, I need help. It is the only way I read magazines. However, if I am in a waiting room I will scan quickly and read the articles I want to read. Thanks for the… Read more »
Erin @ Making Memories
February 28, 2012 11:05 am

This sounds totally interesting! I do love The Dew!

Angi @ AKM designs & delights
Angi @ AKM designs & delights
February 28, 2012 3:49 pm

OMG! I have the same bathroom phobia and it is due to the movie Copycat as well! I have to look up the whole time I am in the bathroom stall so that I don’t end up hanging from the rafters like Sigourney Weaver did. SO NOT COOL!

February 28, 2012 4:11 pm

I thought they were 14-wheelers until I was in college. Seriously. If I had just counted, I’d have realized the truth much sooner…

February 28, 2012 4:56 pm

Mad Crazy good is my favorite kind.

Kim Bee
February 28, 2012 8:19 pm
This looks crazy good. And you are smart to check for hobos. My dad thought it was a good idea to put us in sports at the Y when we were younger. He would drop us off and we’d hang. One day I went to the loo and there was a horrible thud. Literally had a hobo pass out in the stall next to me. Needless to say I went screaming and my dad felt all silly for leaving us in a bad neighbourhood. Little did he know we used to sneak out to see movies downtown every week instead… Read more »
Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
February 29, 2012 10:45 am

You are hilarious Shelly! I too am totally OCD about some stuff. And yes…you should become a doctor so you can prescribe us all cake. You would be my favorite doctor…ever.

March 2, 2012 10:36 am

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