Sun Drop Cake – Instant Pot Style!

Sun Drop Cake is a staple at potlucks, parties, and for everyday desserts here in Lynchburg. Our family likes to call it the “nectar of the South“. Check out this beautiful IP cake!

Instant Pot Cakes Recipes have become a new favorite obsession of mine! They are a lot more moist because of the steam, but oh so worth it. If you have a craving for a cake that resembles the texture of bread pudding, you’ll want to give this a try.

Top view of cut slice being removed from Sun Drop Cake

What is Sun Drop?

In simple terms, it’s a soda. Specifically, it’s a citrus soda that is bursting with lemon, lime, and orange flavors. One sip and you’ll fall in love! My personal favorite is the glass bottles that contain a little pulp.

If you don’t have this bottle of deliciousness in your area, reach out to the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and request it! Sun Drop is available on Amazon for $16.99/12-pack if all else fails.

Can I use other drinks?

Yes! It can be interchanged for any soda/soft drink that you desire! We’ve tried it with a variety of our favorites.

Which pan can I use in my Instant Pot?

Finding the perfect Instant Pot Cake pan is crucial to creating the perfect cake. Some of my favorite pan choices include:

Uncut Instant Pot Sun Drop Cake on Plate

Tools & Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Instant Pot – If you don’t have one and want to make a standard cake in the oven, try my Southern Sun Drop Cake recipe.
  • Instant Pot Springform Pan – I use an 8 qt. pot and the 7″ pan fits perfectly.
  • Sun Drop Soda (or your favorite kind!)
  • White/Yellow/Lemon Cake Mix – Any work! If you use the white or yellow, I add a teaspoon of lemon juice or extract to the mix.
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable/Canola Oil
Slice of Sun Drop Cake
Top view of cut slice being removed from Sun Drop Cake
Yield: 8 Servings

Instant Pot Sun Drop Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Discover the "nectar of the South" with this tasty Instant Pot Sun Drop Cake!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box cake mix (white, yellow, or lemon)
  • ¾ cup Sun Drop (or soda of choice)
  • ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 eggs
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)


  1. Set your Instant Pot to 'Saute' mode for 5 minutes and add the 1 cup of water.
  2. Mix the cake mix, soda, oil, and eggs in a large bowl until no lumps remain.
  3. Spray your springform pan with nonstick spray.
  4. Pour cake mix into springform pan and gently lower into Instant Pot with trivet.
  5. Change settings to 'Manual', 'High Pressure', for 45 minutes.
  6. Once finished, to a quick-release and carefully remove the cake from the IP.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 531Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 518mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 1gSugar: 46gProtein: 6g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/29/2019

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  1. This sounds like a delicious cake!

  2. This reminds me of 7Up cake my mom used to make when I was younger.

  3. This looks delicious!

  4. This cake looks so good! I wish I could have cake 🙁

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