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Sprite Cake

Sprite cake is an easy and delicious dessert perfect for any occasion!

Birthdays, potlucks, or brunches, this seven-ingredient cake is a delightful way to end any meal. It’s very light, super refreshing, and citrus-packed!

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Sprite Cake

Sprite cake is a yellow cake that is just begging to be frosted. Light and bright, it brings just the right amount of sweetness to the table.

It’s delightfully spongy and wonderfully citrusy. With the lemony soda-infused frosting, it’s hard to resist. 

Speaking of which, soda is a key cake batter ingredient used for leavening. It’s a simple shortcut that makes baking from scratch easy. 

So send your cake mixes walking with this go-to recipe. Your summery cake will be ready in a jiff!


With only seven ingredients, you may already have everything you need for this Sprite cake recipe. Let’s take a look:

  • Butter: Every good dessert needs some butter in it. The ingredient helps keep the cake moist during the baking process. You can’t have too much butter!
  • Sugar: What every baked good is known for. Sugar brings the sweetness that makes this recipe a treat! Be sure to use the scoop and sweep method for accurate measuring!
  • Lemon Extract:  The perfect complement for the lemon-lime soda, everyone’s favorite citrus flavor is boldly represented! Add this to the cake for a little extra zing!
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla is a must in almost every recipe. It’s the ultimate flavor enhancer and brings that little extra something every dessert needs.
  • Eggs: All of those yolks give this cake the light and fluffy texture you are craving. With all that protein, is this cake a healthy food?
  • Flour: It wouldn’t be a cake without it! This baking staple provides the structure for this delicious dessert.
  • Sprite: This recipe’s namesake, Sprite is the key ingredient to this cake’s success. It replaces traditional leavening agents such as baking powder or baking soda.

Tips for the Best Cake

Sprite cake is an easy dessert you can make from scratch. So there’s no need for boxed cake mix.

That said, these tips will ensure it turns out perfect.

  • Cream the eggs and butter. The success of this cake lies in the first step. The eggs and butter need to be well-creamed to achieve a leavened cake.
  • Use a 9×13 inch pan. This way, the cake is not too tall, but not too thin. So you get a nice even bake all the way through.
  • Do a toothpick test. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean without any batter stuck to it, it’s ready.
  • Cut down the work. For an even simpler recipe, you could use a box of cake mix. Just combine the cake mix and soda, then you’re ready to go!
  • Try making cupcakes. They’re great for a crowd and easy to serve. You can also make it extra fun and create a cupcake bar! Just prepare the cupcakes and let your guests decorate with a selection of toppings.
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Can I Use Other Types of Soda?

You can definitely use other types of soda! It will just change the flavor. In some cases, this may be a good thing.

Different sodas pair well with different cake mixes. You could try a chocolate cake mix with Dr. Pepper or cherry cola for a rich dessert experience.

Some other options would be root beer and chocolate cake mix, or this version with a different kind of lemon-lime soda! You could try ginger ale or 7-Up.

How Do I Top This Sprite Cake?

The possibilities are endless! Keep it simple with a light glaze or bulk this dessert up with some buttercream.

Try poking holes in the cake and pouring a can of sweetened condensed milk on top for a dulce de leche twist.

Or add a cute dollop of whipped cream to the top of each slice.

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There’s no shame in a good old-fashioned tub of store-bought frosting. Slather on a layer, and you’ll have a cake that’s ready for any celebration.

Whether you leave it plain or jazz it up with one of the above toppings, you’ll enjoy every bite of your Sprite cake.

How to Store

If you happen to have leftovers, which is highly unlikely, just refrigerate.

You can also make the cake in advance for a party. Just prepare according to the directions, and frost right before serving.

To Store: Store leftovers in an air-tight container on the counter for 5 days.

To Freeze: Wrap the cake in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Sprite Cake



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  • Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups butter

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 5 eggs

  • 3 cups flour

  • 1 cup Sprite (or 1 cup 7-Up)

  • Glaze
  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup cold sprite (or 7-up)


  • Cake
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously flour and grease a 9×13 cake pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the lemon and vanilla extracts and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix well. Alternate between adding flour and sprite (or 7 Up) until they are completely mixed in.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 cake pan. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Icing
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. Using an electrix mixer, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and sprite. Beat until smooth.
  • When you remove the cake from the oven, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn cake over onto a plate. Drizzle with glaze. Enjoy!
Sprite Cake

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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