Lemon Lime Soda Cake Recipe

| March 14, 2021 | 4 Comments

Lemon Lime Soda Cake

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make our three ingredient cake recipe and three ingredient frosting. Printable recipe included.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, enjoy.
A box of cake mix, egg, and a bottle of Sprite® are all you need to make the layers for this cake. Perfect for St. Patricks’ Day celebrations, or just to welcome in Spring.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, slider.

The idea of a two ingredient cake really caught my attention recently. It called for a box of cake mix and a can of soda, or soda pop as some folks call it. How easy is that?

After searching out comments on the cake, I read many that said the cake was good, but it was a bit crumbly. It doesn’t have anything to bind the ingredients together. That’s why I’m adding a couple of eggs to this recipe.

You really need to try this one day soon. Follow the basic two ingredient recipe and make it as a sheet cake to at least see how easy it is. It’s a great recipe to do with the kids, and you could make it into cupcakes if you like.

I decided to try this and turn it into a recipe for Spring and St. Patricks’ Day. I’m so ready for Spring and warmer weather. How about you?

The frosting is just as easy as the cake. Only three ingredients in that.

I flavored my frosting with Lemon Juice and Lime Juice combined together. You could use water instead of the juice and add a teaspoon of Vanilla flavoring if you prefer that. There are lots of possibilities with both the cake and the frosting. I hope you’ll try it soon.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, ingredients.
Lemon-Lime Soda Cake Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.

I’m making a 3 layer cake so I’m doubling the recipe as normally called for. The basic recipe for a cola or soda cake is one box of cake mix and one can of soda. That’s all you need.

I read various comments on the Internet about the basic cake, and most of those talked about the cake being crumbly. I decided to add two eggs to try and bind the batter a bit more to stand up to my three layer cake.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, add cake mix.
Place two boxes of cake mix in a large mixing bowl. Remember, I’m making an 8 inch, three layer cake.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, add eggs.
Add two eggs.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, add the soda.
Add one 16oz bottle of Sprite Lemon-Lime Soda.

I found that I only needed ONE bottle of Sprite even though I have two pictured in the photo of ingredients above.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, mix.
Using a mixer on low speed, mix all the ingredients together just until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Do not overmix.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, prepare the pans.
Prepare three 8inch cake pans. Lightly grease and flour the inside of each pan as desired.

I used a baking spray for my pans. It already contains some flour. I sprayed the interior of all the pans, then placed a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan and sprayed the parchment paper as well.

The parchment paper allows for the cake layers to be removed from the pan without sticking. Well worth the cost of the paper in my opinion. Smile.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, divide the baater.
Divide the batter between the pans.

If you’ll note in the photo above, I’m using the Wilton Bake-Even Cake Strips. These have been soaked in water, then placed around the outside of the cake pans just before going into the oven. This helps keep that dome from forming in the middle of your cake layers as they bake. Another item well worth the cost if you do very much cake making at all.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, baking time and temp.
Pre-heat your oven to 350F degrees.

Bake the layers at 350F degrees between 30 and 40 minutes or until done. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake to test for doneness. If the toothpick has some crumbs attached when you pull it out, the layers need to bake a few minutes more. If you don’t see any crumbs, remove the baked layers from the oven.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, place on wire rack.
Place the baked layers on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

Once the layers have cooled 10 minutes, turn them out of the pan and place the layers on the wire racks to cool completely.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, frosting.
Lemon-Lime Cake Frosting – You’ll need these ingredients.

NOTE: I used a mixture of Lime Juice and Lemon Juice to make the frosting for my cake.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, sift the sugar.
Sift the 2lb. bag of sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer. Careful, it will fly everywhere. Smile.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, add Crisco.
Add 1-1/3 cups of Crisco Shortening to the sifted sugar.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, add juice.
Add 1/4th cup of juice. I mixed this to be about half Lime juice and half Lemon Juice.

You could also make this frosting using water instead of juice. You can then add one teaspoon of Vanilla flavoring or any other flavor you desire.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, mix.
Start on Low speed so you don’t spread sugar all over the place. Trust me on this one. Smile.

Increase the speed to Medium and mix the frosting until its fully combined and fluffy. You can add more juice, or more sugar depending on whether you need a stiffer or softer frosting. Just add any additional ingredients very gradually.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, assemble.
Assemble the cake.

I placed a cardboard cake circle on my cake decorating turntable. Then, I placed a dab of frosting in the center of that board. Sheets of parchment were placed around the frosting in the center to help keep the board clean while frosting and decorating the cake.

Having said that, the parchment sheets caused me serious problems when I tried to remove them later. My layers were very moist on the top of the layer. I placed the first layer top side down and it stuck to the paper. My cake tried to fall when I removed the paper later. This was the first time I’d had this to happen. Just saying.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, first layer.
Place the first layer, top side down, on the cake board. Center the layer on the board.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, add frosting.
Spread a fairly thick layer of frosting on top of the first layer.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, repeat.
Repeat the process, adding the second layer and spreading frosting on it. Then, add the third layer and spread frosting over the top of the cake.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, frost the sides.
Spread frosting around the outside of the cake. Smooth as desired.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, decorate.
Decorate your cake any way you prefer. I’m sure you can do far better than me. I’ve always wanted to learn how to decorate a cake, but never have. Cake decorating is a talent I just don’t seem to have.

I made another small batch of frosting and then colored some of it yellow and some of it green to try to decorate my cake. I think the colors are great for Spring, and especially with St. Patricks’ Day coming up soon.

The citrus juice cut the sweetness of all the sugar in the frosting. Mine had more of a Lemon flavor than anything else, but everyone that tried it said they liked it. Smile.


Lemon-Lime Soda Cake, enjoy.

Surprise! I didn’t mention it earlier, but I added some green food coloring to the last bit of batter before I poured it in the pan. I thought it looked cool.

The cake was still crumbly even after I added two eggs into the batter. But, it stayed fresh for several days beyond the day that I made it. I just kept it covered and left it out on the counter.

If I were to make another cola cake, I think I’d just make it as a sheet cake. Both the cake layers and the frosting are simple and easy. I do hope you’ll try it soon.


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Lemon Lime Soda Cake Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Desserts, Cakes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


A tasty citrus flavored cake to welcome Spring or St. Patricks Day. Made with cake mix, eggs and Sprite Lemon-Lime Soda. Easy Lemon-Lime Frosting is made with Confectioners Sugar, Crisco and Lemon and Lime Juice. So easy. So Delicious.



Lemon-Lime Soda Cake Layers
2 Boxes White Cake Mix 16oz each
2 Large Eggs
1 16oz Sprite Lemon-Lime Soda

Lemon-Lime Frosting
2 lb. Confectioners Sugar
11/3 cup Crisco Shortening
1/4 cup Lemon and Lime juice combined as desired


Place the cake mix in a large mixing bowl.
Add the eggs.
Add the Sprite Lemon-Lime Soda
Mix on low speed until fully combined. Do not overmix.
Prepare cake pans with oil and flour.
Divide the cake batter between the pans.
Bake at 350F degrees for 30-40 minutes until done.
Remove to a wire rack when done. Let cool 10 minutes.
Flip cakes out of pans and place back on wire racks until cooled.

Make the frosting.
Sift the bag of confectioners sugar into your mixing bowl.
Add the Crisco Shortening.
Add the juice. Mix it half Lemon and half Lime to equal 1/4 cup of juice.
Mix on low speed, increasing to medium speed, until fully combined and fluffy.
Add more juice or sugar as needed to obtain the right consistency.
Frost and decorate cake as desired.


Make this as a sheet cake: Combine one box cake mix and one 12oz can of Sprite soda. Stir until combined. Prepare sheet pan with shortening and flour. Pour in batter. Bake at 350F until done. About as simple as you can get when making a cake. You can also use other flavors of soda to make different flavored cakes. Experiment with it and have fun.

Keywords: soda cake, cola cake, lemon lime soda cake, 3 ingredient cake with cola, lemon lime frosting, confectioners sugar, Crisco, easy cake, St. Patricks Day Cake, Spring Cakes

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  1. Betty Aldred says:

    I think your cake is beautiful. I’ve done this with cranberry ginger ale, sometimes adding a few nuts and crasins. Thanksfor sharing your version. I’ll try adding the egg next time.

  2. Cheryl Ann says:

    You and I seem to belong to the same club–I have spilled 5 very large cups of coffee in the last 10 days! Not on my keyboard-But I have had a knack for cup dumping precisely where I have just cleaned! Your keyboard fiasco reminds me of my oldest daughter years ago dumped an entire bowl of soup on her Lenova laptop! She tried to act like all is well but when I tried to see what the issue was, literal Alphabet letters fell out of her keyboard! She had been eating vegetable alphabet soup! Nothing to see here folks–she was trying So Hard to be casual!! Too Funny! We are in the midst of snow and ice storm even as I type-hope this mess is not coming your way! Be safe and have a great day!!

  3. joyce Petrichek says:

    I can’t wait to try this. It looks soooo good.
    I am praying for your friends and for you. You are a blessing to so many, and make Monday mornings special.

    About the wasps… I have a solution. When they start landing on the facia above our deck I rub stick deodorant on the area and they leave. It works for bees too. They go into the holes in the legs of our grill and I rub the deodorant there. I have been doing this for years. It works.
    Keep writing the newsletter and sharing your recipes with us. I so enjoy them.

    • Dorothy Berry says:

      I HAVE to try this – my kitchen is presently over run with cockroaches, hope it will send them elsewhere!!

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