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Perfect Southern Sun Drop Pound Cake Recipe (Easy)

Delicious mountain dew – like sun drop soda ! Like sunshine in a can! Add some to your cake batter and whip it up into a bundt pan or tube pan and whew! When that Perfect Southern Sun Drop Pound Cake Recipe (Easy) is done you have a homemade pound cake that tastes like the rays of the sun! 

Southern Sun Drop Pound Cake Recipe

So easy with box lemon cake mix, instant lemon pudding, add sundrop soda and a delicious cake recipe results in sundrop pound cake! YUM! Perfect for family reunions, valentine’s day or just with a cup of coffee!

You’ll notice that this is a very moist cake and that the center of the cake I have here is a little heavy (why you don’t see many cakes at Loaves and Dishes). It’s a very simple recipe and one that our family loves!

You might know that Dale Earnhardt Jr is sponsored by Sun Drop and that Sun Drop is a favorite drink in South Carolina and North Carolina! Want to try another easy and delicious cake? Try this Pumpkin Praline Cake.

As the official cake tester at my house and having grown up in Ohio, I can confirm that this sundrop cake also works if you only have Mountain Dew available. 

Here’s What You’ll Need

For the Cake, dry ingredients

  • Citrus soda, soft drink
  • Lemon Cake Mix or box yellow cake mix
  • Lemon Pudding Mix

For the Top of the Cake Icing

  • Lemon Extract
  • Powdered Sugar (cup of confectioner sugar)
  • Cream
  • Butter

Here’s How You Do It

  1. Combine cake mix plus the melted butter in a large bowl. 
  2. Pour the batter into a prepared pan.
  3. Mix up the icing with a cup of confectioners sugar, teaspoon of vanilla extract, almond extracts and lemon extracts with the heavy cream and pour over the warm cake to cool on a wire rack

Special Equipment

No need for an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, but you will want a large mixing bowl, a rubber spatula (to scrape the sides of the bowl) and perhaps a bundt cake pan. I like to make mine in a bread pan, but that is entirely up to you!

Tips and Tricks

  • This southern sun drop pound cake is best when kept in the refrigerator, but it can be kept at room temperature for a few hours. 
  • Store in an airtight container for best results.
  • Place on a wire rack until the cake cools. 
  • If you prefer a cream cheese frosting instead of the glaze recipe I’ve included, that will also work with this cake (just add a little lemon juice!)
  • You can make a cherry lemon sundrop cake by adding cherry sundrop! 
  • If you do not have access to sun drop, use Mountain Dew instead.
  • Be ready to mix the cake and put immediately into the oven, so allow oven to preheat first. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Use a Different Soda?

You can use a different soda, but it will change the taste of the cake and then you won’t have a sun drop cake. Mountain Dew is probably the closest in taste.

Do I make the pudding into pudding before adding it?

No, add the pudding mix powder directly to the cake.

Can I Freeze This Cake?

Yes, you can freeze the cake and it will keep for about 3 months very well.

How Long Does This Cake Last?

If you keep it in the fridge, it will last for about 5 days if covered.

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Perfect Southern Sun Drop Pound Cake Recipe (Easy)

Delicious mountain dew – like sun drop soda ! Like sunshine in a can! Add some to your cake batter and whip it up into a bundt pan or tube pan and whew! When that Perfect Southern Sun Drop Pound Cake Recipe (Easy) is done you have a homemade pound cake that tastes like the rays of the sun!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sundrop Cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 350kcal

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cup sun drop
  • 1/4 bag lemon instant pudding mix

For the Glaze

  • 1 Cups Confectioners Sugar
  • ¼ tsp lemon extract
  • 1 Tbs butter melted
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup heavy cream

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Prepare a loaf pan or small bundt pan with non stick spray and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350. Set the racks so that there is one in the middle of the oven.
  • In a large or medium bowl, mix together the cake mix and the sun drop and pudding mix. Mix well and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place into the hot oven immediately.

For the Glaze

  • Mix the confectioners sugar, lemon extract, vanilla extract, almond extract, melted butter and a pinch of salt

Notes

  • This cake is best when kept in the refrigerator, but it can be kept at room temperature for a few hours.
  • Store in an airtight container for best results.
  • Place on a wire rack until the cake cools.
  • If you prefer a cream cheese frosting instead of the glaze recipe I’ve included, that will also work with this cake (just add a little lemon juice!)
  • You can make a cherry lemon sundrop cake by adding cherry sundrop!
  • If you do not have access to sun drop, use Mountain Dew instead.
  • Be ready to mix the cake and put immediately into the oven, so allow oven to preheat first.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Southern Sun Drop Pound Cake Recipe (Easy)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 493mg21%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 153IU3%
Vitamin C 0.04mg0%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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