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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September 13, 2021 11:36 pm

So delicious! I added some pineapple and used Baja Blast with electric blue food coloring. It was amazing.

September 1, 2019 10:20 pm

Does the Mountain Dew need to be room temperature before making this? I’m planning to make this soon for a dinner party and am nervous about messing it up 🙂

November 15, 2017 6:55 am

Has anyone made this as a regular cake and not a bundt cake and/or cupcakes? How did it work out? Thanks in advance.

June 1, 2015 12:27 pm

This reminds me of a Weight Watcher’s cake. It uses a cake mix (regular or sugar free) and a can of coca cola (again regular or sugar free) and that is it! No oil. no eggs. Just cake mix and can of soda!

chelsae durham
May 22, 2015 2:27 pm

Do you have to use lemon cake?

March 20, 2015 7:04 am

Hello. I have seen this recipe using a lemon pudding added in as well. What are you thoughts,because I’m not sure to do it your way or to add it. Also I have been the icing using wit melted butter what are your thoughts on that? thanks so much.

January 13, 2014 4:44 pm

My sister’s birthday is this week and she loves lemon pound cake. Is the texture of this anything close to pound cake or do you have an awesome, moist pound cake recipe? Or, could this recipe be changed at all to make it a pound cake?
Thanks so much! Love your blog!!

September 24, 2013 12:06 pm

Thanks for this recipe, found it on Pinterest. My husband loves Mt. Dew and he loved the cake! I figured if it worked for Mt. Dew it would work for Dr. Pepper, too. So I made a bundt cake with Dr. Pepper and Red Velvet cake mix using the same recipe. OMG!!! Delish! You have to try it. Next time I think I’ll try Coke with chocolate cake mix and maybe add chocolate chips or coconut. The possibilities are endless! And it’s so easy!

April 5, 2013 8:40 am

Just saw this on Pinterest and came right over. What does it say about me that I have all the ingredients in my pantry right now?

August 6, 2012 7:49 pm

I made this cake today and it is SO YUMMY and super moist!! For sure it will be a cake I make again!

Rebecca Woodin
May 29, 2012 9:51 pm

Would a regular 13×9 work? i dont own a bundt pan

May 14, 2012 4:45 pm

What size bundt pan did you use? I’ve been looking at buying one so that I can make this recipe, and I’m not sure what size to get (6-cup, 8-cup, 10-cup, etc.?).

April 24, 2012 11:55 am

Im a little baking retarded. Do u also use the water the cake mix calls for or is the mountain dew the substitute for the water

April 23, 2012 9:15 pm

Love lemon cake! I’m sure adding Mountain Dew will make it extra citrus-y delicious!
1) MUST remove all those address card thingies before even BEGINNING to read a magazine!
2) Have never counted tires, but I ALWAYS count when I am pouring a drink into a glass. (May come in handy one day if I become blind??? Or not…)

March 25, 2012 10:23 am

hi, i’m french and I saw this receipt which look like simply gorgeous…. I do not have this kind of soda at home, so can I easily replace it with 7up soda? tk u so much for answer… yours sincerely. graziella

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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