~Soda Cake~

Ingredients for Soda Cake
This is all you need for a basic soda cake.

 I remember when adding soda to a cake mix was popular among my mother’s friends who did it all the time for the kids because it was quick. I have never done one… until now. The COVID pantry is expiring and the bake is on. So here is my version for this episode of Mix the Mix and, I will say, I was surprised on how simple it was to make and it was pretty good. Who knew only 2 ingredients can give you a basic cake ready to eat right out of the cupboard. I’m glad I tried it.

Soda Cake

Mrs. Shecky
Easy 2 main ingredient cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 264.17 kcal


  • 2 – 8" Pans
  • Whisk



    Preheat oven to 350°

      Prepare 2 – 8" pans with baking spray and parchment bottoms. This is a sticky cake so do it.

      • 1 Box Cake Mix White (I used Betty Crocker)
      • 1 12 oz Can of Soda Orange
      • 1 Zest Orange
      • 1 Juice Orange
      • 1 tsp. Orange Extract



      • Mix all the ingredients with a good whisk or mixer. It will be foamy-like and will take a bit longer to blend. I used a whisk until it was all blended well then added the juice of the fruit and zest. I also added 1 teaspoon of my Orange extract that I made, but I think you can pass without it since this, to me, is an anything goes recipe

      Pour Into Prepared Pans

      • Using two prepared 8″ pans divide the batter. It doesn’t look like a lot when poured in the pans but it does rise enough for a layer cake.

      Cool Completely

      • Cool for about 15-20 minutes then transfer to a rack and let it cool completely. I found this cake to be a bit fragile so be sure to cool it enough so that it doesn't break up before the rack.


      • This recipe used a buttercream frosting with zest and again a little extract. This could be any frosting or none at all.

      Bake at 350 and until tester comes out clean


        This is so simple and fast to do.  A no brainer and it has been around for years and is great for those last minute gatherings with family and kids.
        Use your imagination with the ingredients pairing them for the right flavor like chocolate and cherries or strawberries.  The list can go on and on. 
        Have fun with it!


        Serving: 8Calories: 264.17kcalCarbohydrates: 58.76gProtein: 2.67gFat: 2.38gSaturated Fat: 1.26gSodium: 453.42mgPotassium: 40.07mgFiber: 0.71gSugar: 33.38gCalcium: 143.85mgIron: 1.28mg
        Keyword cakes, soda recipes
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        Visual & Babble:

        Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes

        Depending on the pan size keep an eye out on the timing, about 20-25 minutes. In my oven this was done when tested with my cake tester at about 25 minutes.

        Voila, it is done and ready to devour and throw on to those hips of ours.

        You can see by this photo the cake stands up well after completely cooled.


        • Cake Mix – I used Betty Crocker because that is what was on the shelf via COVID pantry pile up, which is why I started the *Mix the Mix* episodes.
        • Soda 12 oz. – San Pellegrino orange sparkling beverage was the choice dujour because I really didn’t have anything else.
        • Zest of an Orange or a couple of Cuties ( I used Cuties because Mrs. Shecky likes to eat them so I had those on hand)
          • Use the juice of the fruit to add to it. The Cuties were a good size to squeeze one in.

        Additives: I think depending upon the cake you can add whatever soda to go with it, i.e., cherry soda and chocolate cake with cherries & nuts chopped up in the frosting. Really, I think anything goes here so be creative.

        This cake came out moist. It is not dense at all and I am going to give it a green light for those last minute off the shelf moments. I did add the juice of a mandarin (Cutie) so I am assuming that some moisture came from that. But, since it is moist, be careful transferring to the cooling racks.

        It is a sweet cake so be prepared for that. If I do this again I will probably freeze one of the layers (which is my normal but I really didn’t think this was going to turn out so I did the whole cake layered).

        So there you go for a third Mix The Mix.

        I am rating it a thumbs up for that last minute desert because of ease and the fact you can flavor a cake mix just about any way you wish. I was happily surprised at the outcome and taste.

        Last words: Use that mix before it expires. You bought it, hack it, use it.

        Enjoy the bake 🙂

        Mrs. Shecky


        1. simplymarvia says:

          Looks delicious! Will def. try this recipe

          1. iammrsshecky says:

            Its a fun and easy one. 🙂

        2. Alison says:

          That is brilliant something I’ve never heard of
          I’ve just this minute made a Gluten free lemon yoghurt drizzle cake from scratch !

          1. iammrsshecky says:

            Oh that sounds Yum! I am making lemon custard today from the lemons on my tree. That would be deelish with your bake!

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