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Mt Dew Boxed Cake Mix Cupcake Recipe

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Every Wednesday, I bring you one of my easy cake mix recipes and by far the most popular have been our mini dessert recipescupcakes!

There was a great response to our Coca Cola Cupcake Recipe, so I thought I’d experiment with a new soda-cupcake, a Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe!

Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe - a great dessert for a teen birthday party or for the Mountain Dew fan in your life

This is a super simple recipe – just two ingredients for the cake. I will be experimenting further and bringing you a “from scratch” Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe, but I wanted to start with an easy recipe and work my way up!  No one will ever believe this started as a boxed cake mix!

The addition of real Mountain Dew to the cupcake batter makes for a light and fluffy cupcake, with a delicate crumb and just a hint of it’s namesake flavour. If you wanted a more pronounced flavour, use a lemon boxed cake mix, and you can even boil down two cans of Mountain Dew to half the volume, and use that instead of a single can.

The two-tone frosting is probably the most intimidating part – but I’ll share my simple trick for making a from-scratch swirl frosting with no special equipment!

This Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe is just 2 ingredients for the cake - making it an easy and quick party cupcake

How do I store Mountain Dew Cupcakes? 

To keep soda-inspired cupcakes fresh and delicious, you need to be sure to store them in an airtight container. This easy treat will remain soft and moist, with the perfect pop of flavor in every bite. There’s no denying that lime flavor, so storing them correctly is the best way to ensure that it stays that way! 

What toppings can I add to these cupcakes? 

If you’re a hardcore Mountain Dew fan, you’ll likely want all the lemon zest and lime zest flavoring possible. You can easily make Mountain Dew Frosting for the tops of the cupcakes, but you can also add white frosting, vanilla frosting, buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting, or any other types of frosting that you want. 

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Can I use other sodas to make cupcakes besides lemon-lime soda? 

You can! You can use orange soda, grape soda, or any type of soda that you want! This is the perfect opportunity to make a new recipe out of these steps! 

What are the best tips for baking cupcakes? 

First and foremost, I always use cupcake liners or cupcake papers to line my muffin tin/ cupcake tins. Once I make the cupcake batter, I make sure to always scrape sides of bowl to get all the goodness out! 

I add the cupcake batter to my liners, and then give the muffin pans a gentle tap to level them out. Then I place the pan in the oven, and bake them for the time that the recipe card says. 

Once the timer goes off, I put a clean toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If I remove the inserted toothpick and it’s clean, the cupcakes are done baking and ready to be taken out of the oven. 



I then make the frosting in a small bowl and add my yellow food coloring and green food coloring at this time. I remove the cupcakes from the cupcake pan and make sure to let them cool to room temperature for about 20-25 minutes. (maybe longer) 

Then I’ll add the vanilla icing, or whatever icing that I want, and serve! 

Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe - a great dessert for a teen birthday party or for the Mountain Dew fan in your life

Are you a Mountain Dew fan? Would you try out this Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe?

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This Mt Dew Cupcake Recipe is just 2 ingredients for the cake - making it an easy and quick party cupcake. I love mini dessert recipes and this soda-cupcake is no exception!
Mt Dew Boxed Cake Mix Cupcake Recipe

Mt Dew Boxed Cake Mix Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

These cupcakes are made using a cake mix!


  • 1 box white or lemon cake mix
  • 1 can 355mL Mountain Dew or other lemon lime soda
  • 5 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Mountain Dew


    Preheat the oven to 375F.

    Mix the boxed cake mix and Mountain Dew together in a bowl for 3 minutes, until light and no lumps of cake mix appear in the batter.

    Scoop 1/2 cup of batter into 18 prepared cupcake liners, about 3/4 of the way up.

    Bake cupcakes for 18-22 minutes, until golden and an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

    Meanwhile, whip up the remaining ingredients for the Mountain Dew frosting. Add more or less icing sugar to reach your desired consistency. I wanted a softer frosting that really played up the taste of the Mountain Dew, but you may prefer a stiffer frosting to make a bigger statement.

    Divide the frosting in half. Add dark green food dye to one half, and lime green food dye to the other half. Stir each until the colour is fully incorporated.

    Pour the frostings out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, side by side, like this:

    Wrap the plastic wrap into a log, sandwiching the two frosting to each other.

    Place the frosting in a frosting bag fitted with a tip, or into a ziplock bag with the frosting pointed into a corner. Snip off the tip of the ziplock & cut off any access plastic wrap, and start applying your frosting. I start in the center of the cupcake, swirl out to the edges, and then swirl back inwards.

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Thursday 8th of July 2021

Where can we get the recipe for the mountain dew frosting?

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Sunday 11th of July 2021

the frosting is part of the recipe

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