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
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 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 1/4 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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81 Responses
  1. 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 OCD good!

    Another amazing recipe as always.

    And just so you know I tagged you on my latest blog “Fellow Foodie Fun” hope you can zip over and check it out. ! 🙂

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. Robin

    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.

  4. ColleenB.

    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.

  5. 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 –

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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!

  9. Ashley

    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!

  10. 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

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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