Shirley Temple Cake


Do you have a birthday party or baby shower coming up? Looking to serve something a little whimsical and nostalgic at the same time? Then look no further than this wonderful recipe based on one of our favorite treats from when we were kids: a Shirley Temple cake.

Yes! The much-beloved cherry colored soda drink has been transformed into an amazingly pink, moist and delicious cake!

We all know that to make a Shirley Temple we need maraschino cherries and lemon-lime soda. Cherries help with color and flavor while, at least in the cake version, the soda bubbles help to keep the cake moist and delicious. A slightly pink cake pops out of the oven and cools completely before we top it with a pretty pink frosting. To serve, we add a dollop of whipped cream and of course top it off with a maraschino cherry. What a delightfully fun spin on one of our favorite childhood drinks.

We’d completely forgotten about this delicious non-alcoholic drink until we stumbled across this CAKE recipe and couldn’t believe how fun it sounded. A favorite soda drink turned into a fun cake sounds like the perfect treat for a baby shower or birthday party. It’s just the right amount of fun and nostalgia, served with a cherry on top!

Shirley Temple Cake

1 hour to prepare serves 10-12


1 (16 oz) box white cake mix

1 ¼ cup cherry flavored lemon-lime soda

⅓ cup vegetable oil

4 egg whites

4 cups powdered sugar

⅓ cup maraschino cherry juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ sticks cold butter, cubed

Whipped cream and maraschino cherries for garnish


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine cake mix, vegetable oil, egg whites, and cherry lemon-lime soda. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Remove cake from oven and cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting, mix powdered sugar, cherry juice, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Slowly add butter and beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Spread frosting over cooled cake.

To serve, add a dollop of whipped cream and top with a maraschino cherry.

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