Sweet Southern Sun Drop Cake Recipe

A Delicious Southern Treat!

Oh, Sun Drop Cake! Let me apologize for the terrible photography. I made this back in 2013 when I was really just getting started blogging. I will be updating the photos soon. The recipe practically went viral last year and my credit link to the recipe on the blog was stripped from all of the shares. It is frustrating when you work so hard only to have something stolen. Most of the posts were taken down after some research and notification to the person who posted without proper credit, but I ended up with an ugly watermark to temporarily cease the problem.

Sun Drop is a delicious citrus-flavored soda that was created in the South. Where, exactly, is a little sketchy but regardless, it’s a staple around these parts. As of 2011, the delicious concoction is available nationwide. If it’s not in your area, put in a request.

I have also made an Instant Pot version of this cake. It’s quick, easy, and tasty, although this recipe is still my favorite. The IP version is a little more dense and doesn’t get the beautiful golden color that you can achieve in the oven.

This cake can be made with any type of soda but you will thoroughly enjoy the taste you get from a Sun Drop!

Southern Sun Drop Cake

Sun Drop Cake


Yield: 12 - 14 servings

Sweet Southern Sun Drop Cake

Sweet Southern Sun Drop Cake

Discover why a Southern Sun Drop Cake is a staple here in Tennessee! This sweet, lemon-y cake is perfect for all of your favorite events from anniversaries to birthdays to just because!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 box Yellow or Lemon Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¾ cup Oil
  • 10 oz Sun Drop


  • 3 oz Sun Drop
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


    Preheat oven to 350 F

    Mix up cake mix with eggs and oil.

    Add in Sun Drop

    Spray pan and pour in cake mix.

    Bake 45-50 minutes (depends on your pan)

    Beat glaze ingredients together and pour over cake

    Serve and Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

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  1. This looks amazing!!!!

  2. This sounds delish!! Perfect for summer occasions!!

  3. It looks delish, but I have never heard of that pop. Where can it be bought? Can it work with 7-up or sprite? Looking forward to making it

  4. This looks and sounds delicious. Yellow cake is a favorite of mine. I will copy this recipe down and attempt to make it.

  5. This looks delicious!!

  6. I’ve never heard of Sun Drop cake before but it sounds yummy, especially in the summer!

  7. The cake looks beautiful & yummy too. Have never heard of Sundrop, but then Atlanta is a big Coke town. Will have to check the grocery soda aisle for this one, it’s probably there and we just missed it. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  8. This looks like a cake I could actually make!

  9. This looks delicious! I have to try and find some sun drop when I’m on vacation in South Carolina next week! I’ve never seen it here in Ohio.

  10. My mum is going to LOVE this!

  11. This looks so delicious and super easy!! I can’t wait to make it and see!

  12. Darlene Carbajal

    That cake looks really good!

  13. Rachael DeBates

    gonna make my boyfriend make this for me!

  14. Yum! I live in California but remember Sun Drop when I lived in Oklahoma and visited my Nana! It is soooo good! I’m definitely calling around to family to get them to send some to me to make this cake!

  15. Never heard of this cake before. We love to try new recipes and this looks like it would be very good. Thanks for sharing.

  16. can’t wait to make this cake! looks amazing.

  17. Crissie Woolard

    This looks like it would be delicious. Thanks for the ideas and tips.

  18. I live in Florida and have never heard of Sun Drop. I found a blurb that says it is citrus based and introduced in 1928 in St. Louis, MO.

  19. all I can say is YUMMMY

  20. Love the brightness of it. It looks like a sun drop.

  21. Yummy! Being from the South, we love Sun Drop! I am going to definitely try this, I remember eating a Sun Drop Cake when I was younger. Thanks for the recipe! Got it pinned.

  22. gloria patterson

    That is a real southern dessert! My sister lives in Nashville and she would never come to WV because we did not have SUN DROPS.

    Have a ate a lot of cakes almost like this


  24. I’ve never heard of Sun Drop, but if it’s as good as it sounds – I bet this cake is wonderful!! Now for me to figure out how to make it gluten & dairy free 🙂

  25. THANKS… from a non baker… wanted something special for my wife on our 29th anniversary…. It was easy to make and not overpowering either….Thanks

  26. Thanks for sharing it sounds yummy

  27. Looks yumtastic and I want to try that soda.

  28. I have never heard of this but it looks and sounds amazing. I can’t wait to make this.

  29. I’ve never heard of this but it looks and sounds amazing. I can’t wait to make this.

  30. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing with us!

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