Orange Crush Cake

I’ve read about soda cakes before, but I never tried the recipe until this week. The incredibly simple recipe turned out quite well, and left the family brainstorming combinations to try in the future (see the Variations below). Secretly, this cake does make me wish I had access to Alton Brown for a few minutes so he can tell me why this works.


  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 (12 oz). can Orange Crush, at room temperature
  • Zest of one orange (optional)
  • Icing or topping of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to temperature listed on cake mix box.
  2. Spray 13" x 9" pan with nonstick cooking spray (or follow the instructions on the cake mix box).
  3. When the oven is hot, pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  4. Use a whisk or fork to break up any large clumps.
  5. Stir in orange zest, if desired.
  6. Pour in can of Orange Crush slowly, mixing as you go. If you pour too quickly, the mixture my bubble up and overflow the bowl.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake according to the instructions on the box.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Ice with frosting, spread with whipped cream, or top with a glaze made of confectioner’s sugar and orange juice.
  11. Decorate with orange slices, if desired.


  • For a low calorie version, use diet Orange Crush and top with fat free whipped topping.
  • Mix strawberry soda with strawberry cake mix, and top with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.
  • Combine cherry soda and a chocolate cake mix for a chocolate-covered cherry cake.
  • Try Sprite or 7-Up with a lemon cake mix.
  • Watch for special flavors of Jones Soda, such as D’Peach Mode
    or Bohemian Raspberry, for unique cake options. I’d steer clear of Tofurky & Gravy Soda, but Candy Cane Soda might be interesting. You can often find single bottles of Jones Soda near the supermarket’s deli area or in refrigerator cases at some restaurants and coffee shops.