Blood Orange Soda Cake

Orange dinner last night, orange breakfast this morning. And now, I present to you: orange dessert!!!

Blood Orange Soda Cake

When Jenny and I were at the 2012 Cupcake Challenge, one of the most memorable creations was a “7-up Cupcake.” I was really intrigued by the sound of it, so once I got home I did research on its rich (and bubbly) history. Made popular in the 50’s, you can bake one from scratch, but I found that most recipes involved a prepackaged cake mix, some instant pudding, and a bundt pan. My kinda baking.

Yup, I’ve added one more tool to my arsenal – so you will finally see more than cookies, 8×8 bars, and loaves!

Anyway, back to the cake. Obviously, I didn’t use 7-Up. We had a cup left of Blood Orange Soda (which, surprisingly, still had its fizz) so I decided to put my own spin on the infamous soda cake. Glaze runneth over.

Blood Orange Soda Cake


  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 box Butterscotch Pudding Mix
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup Blood Orange Soda
  • 4 eggs
  • Glaze: 1/4 cup Blood Orange Soda, 1/2 cup white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine cake and pudding with butter, eggs, and soda, using a hand mixer on low speed.
  3. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan (I used a combo spray). Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake cools make the glaze: bring soda and sugar to a boil over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes (until sugar is dissolved).
  4. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes in the bundt pan.
  5. Unmold the cake onto a large plate.


13 thoughts on “Blood Orange Soda Cake

  1. quinn

    Wholly guacamole, I can almost smell that luscious-looking cake from 3000 miles away! Bloggy magic!!

  2. caloricandcrazy

    I have heard about using soda as an ingredient in cake. This looks delicious!

  3. Cindy

    Before you know it you’ll be putting fillings and such in your bundt cakes. I forgot to tell you this in my tweet. Generally when the cake recedes from the edge of the pan (kind of looks like the cake shrinks) after it cools a bit, it is safe to remove it. I bet you figured that out. Nice job! I bet that cake will be great companion to your evening hot chocolate.

  4. Monet

    You and your cake are too cute! I’m not wanting to make a cake myself…looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. I’m off to shop…and then to write a mid-term paper. Argh. But at least I get to start my day off right!

  5. Jolene (

    What a cool recipe! I imagine it is really moist from the soda – mmmmm!

  6. Trish Procetto

    HI Lynn!
    I’m a big fan of bundt cakes too…I took a class when Kiss My Bundt was still on West 3rd Street and bought her cookbook. My most recent was a V-Day cherry almond bundt, but the lemon and chocolate-orange have been favorites too. I’ve been wanting to try both the 7-Up and the Champagne cakes. Happy Bundt-baking…yours looks delicious! See you soon…

  7. wildbluewonder

    Yum, I just put this in the oven! I used instant pudding mix based on the item/photo you linked to, but it was firming up as soon as I started to mix it. Now I’m wondering if maybe I should have used “cook and serve” pudding mix instead. What kind did you use, Lynn?

    I guess I’ll see how it turns out soon! I have a back-up plan for today’s event, just in case…

      1. Tamara Christie

        Thanks for the update and the good vibes! I haven’t tried it yet but it looks moist and delicious, and very similar to yours, so I’d say it’s likely a success. I didn’t even make my backup plan, if that tells you how good it looks…

        I’ll report back after we dig into it tonight. Having some friends over for pulled pork sandwiches, Asian slaw, roasted potatoes, and the cake. (We’re celebrating my bday, which is coming up on Monday. Yep, I baked my own cake… I really wanted to try this recipe out!)

  8. gloria

    Hello Ladies,

    Have been reading about the Orange Cake as I just finished baking a Dr.Pepper Bundt Cake and glaze with the Dr,Pepper…serving dinner today for family and should go good with Baked Ziti,Meat Balls and sauce and Cesar Salad and hot garlic bread with the Olive Garlic Oil from Trader Joes…Love to read all the messages regarding the Yums of it all.

    Until next time.


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