Who knew Mountain Dew could turn an ordinary cake into something extra special?
Growing up, we would often have huge ice cream socials during the summer. These ice cream socials involved lots of extended family members at my grandparents’ house. They would make three or four gallons of ice cream together, and my grandmother would make a few cakes to go along with the ice cream. But, who knew that Mountain Dew could turn an ordinary cake into something extra special?
What Makes a Mountain Dew Cake so Appealing?
The soda adds extra flavor and color to your standard cake mix. And when you top this cake with a frosting made with crushed pineapple, it’s even more memorable. This cake is made simply with cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, and good ol’ Mountain Dew.
Mountain Dew Once Had Ties to Moonshine
The soda that is branded as Mountain Dew evokes pristine alpine conditions. However, the name Mountain Dew is infamous in Kentucky, but not for the soda. Rather for the kind of drink that great-great uncle Fred used to make up on the side of a mountain…Moonshine. The name Mountain Dew was slang for mountain-brewed whiskey. Here’s a snippet from the popular old country song which shows how Mountain Dew was viewed back then.
“Well my brother Bill’s got a still on the hill where he runs off a gallon or two. Now the buzzards in the sky get so drunk they can’t fly from smellin’ the good ole mountain dew.”
Mountain Dew the Soda Started out as a Whiskey Mixer
In 1932 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Hartman brothers, Ally and Barney, decided to bottle a lemon-lime soda for use as a whiskey chaser. To emphasize the intended use of the drink, they dubbed it Mountain Dew. Ok, enough history, back to cake!
Why Put Soda in Cake?
Since sodas are very sugary beverages, maybe they should really be considered as dessert. So putting them in dessert makes sense. They add flavor to cake mixes and the carbonation makes cakes lighter, fluffy and moist. When you take a bite, you can almost feel the bubbles popping on your tongue.
Mountain Dew Cake
Making this cake from scratch is fun and a great way to enjoy a uniquely-flavored cake. You can use Mountain Dew or another favorite soda of yours (maybe Mello Yello or 7-Up) and a boxed cake mix. Whichever soda you choose, the cake is sure to become a new family favorite. It’s simple to make and its taste is out of this world. If you don’t let your kids drink sodas, they will look upon this cake as an awesome treat. It’s so moist and delicious – the perfect dessert for a special occasion.
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Mountain Dew Cake
This fun from scratch Mountain Dew cake is a great way to enjoy an especially flavored cake.
- 1 box lemon cake mix
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding 4 serving size
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 beaten eggs
- 10 ounces Mountain Dew Sprite
- 2 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
- 2 ounces butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup coconut
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
Cake Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, if using 9-inch rounds. Refer to the box of cake mix for other cooking times. Cool the cake completely.
Place 2 ounces of butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add 20 ounces of crushed pineapple, sugar, and cornstarch. Cook until hot and bubbly. Then add the coconut. Allow the frosting to cool, then spread over cooled cake.
This is a fun cake to make, you can use Mountain Dew or another favorite soda of yours, and a boxed cake mix. Source Virginia McDowell. Jefferson City, Mo. 1991.