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This easy Orange Crush Soda Pop Cake is made with just 3 ingredients and is perfect when you need a light dessert for summer. Take it to parties, picnics, potlucks and cookouts, and watch it disappear!

orange crush soda pop cake with cool whip frosting and mandarin orange slices

Not too long ago, I made a super easy lemon lime soda cake, and my family absolutely loved it. To be honest, my kids will eat just about any kind of cake — they’re not picky like that! But this particular cake, which was made with just a can of Sprite and a box of cake mix, was so light and fluffy that everybody raved about it.

Actually, the Hubs loved it — I mean, he really loved it, and he couldn’t stop talking about it! And ever since the last little crumb of that delicious cake was eaten, the Hubs has been after me to make a cake with Orange Crush soda and a box of cake mix. So, it’s the same basic cake recipe, only the flavor of pop is different.

How to Make Orange Crush Soda Pop Cake with just Cake Mix and Soda

Just like the lemon lime soda cake, this 3 ingredient Orange Crush cake is incredibly easy to make and. It’s fun, too — almost like a mini science experiment.

All you do is mix a can of Orange Crush soda pop with a box of white or yellow cake mix. Then, you sit back and watch it fizz like crazy. Even my older kids were impressed!

white cake mix and orange crush soda pop

Just mix the soda and the cake mix, and then spread the batter in a greased baking dish, and bake it. You can use any type of frosting you want, but I like using whipped topping (Cool Whip) because it keeps the cake nice and light.

When I made the lemon lime soda cake, I sprinkled lemon and lime zest over the top. This just adds an extra pop of color. So with this cake, I added some fresh orange zest for extra color and a little bit more orange flavor.

orange crush soda pop cake in pan with orange zest

And before I served this cake, I added some canned mandarin orange slices over the top. Isn’t it pretty?! There’s not a ton of orange flavor, but it’s just enough.

This Orange Crush cake is still nice and light and very fluffy.  It’s especially perfect as a summer dessert, but you can enjoy it all year long if you want! And you can use any brand of orange soda — we just happened to buy this one.

orange crush soda pop cake with whipped topping and orange slices

Recipe for Orange Crush Soda Pop Cake

5 from 12 votes

Orange Crush Soda Pop Cake

By: Dee
Orange Crush Soda Pop Cake is made with just three ingredients and is a perfect light summer dessert for parties, picnics and potlucks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 16.25-ounce box white cake mix
  • 1 12-ounce can orange soda pop
  • 1 8-ounce tub whipped topping, like Cool Whip, thawed
  • orange zest and mandarin oranges for garnish, optional
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 13 X 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray
  • In a large mixing bowl mix the cake mix with the can of soda pop until smooth and well combined
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in center
  • Remove from oven, let cool completely, and frost with whipped topping. Add orange zest and mandarin orange slices for garnish, if desired   


Calories: 207kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Kerri says:

    This is very delicious 😋 and moist. It’s good cold and stored in the refrigerator.

  2. nancy says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe.Cake is very moist and delicious my co-workers loved it.

  3. Nichole says:

    could this recipe be used to make cupcakes?

    1. Dee says:

      Yes — We have made cupcakes before with this recipe.

  4. Betsy Leggett says:

    Soda warm or cold? I made one tonight but it didn’t rise real well.

    1. Dee says:

      I’ve used both warm and cold, and it turns out the same. The cake won’t be as high as other types of cake, but it still should rise.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I made this for my dads birthday and I can’t cook for my life but it turned out great, I was very light and yummy5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks!