Shirley Temple Cake (+Video)
A favorite non-alcoholic drink turned into a cake! Shirley Temple Cake is a dressed up boxed cake mix with a delicious cherry flavor added!
LIKE THE DRINK BUT IN CAKE FORM
You know what a Shirley Temple drink is, right? It’s the non-alcoholic drink made with Ginger Ale or 7Up, it has a splash of grenadine and topped with a maraschino cherry. This cake was inspired by that drink! I love it!
CAKE MIX AND MARASCHINO CHERRIES
This cake is inspired by that lightweight drink that I am totally not ashamed to drink and enjoy. It’s made super simple by starting with a boxed cake mix. Instead of water, I use 7Up. This cake is super moist! Then you poke some holes and add a drizzle of maraschino cherry juice and boom! You got a Shirley Temple Poke Cake.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- yellow cake mix
- instant vanilla pudding
- 7-Up (any lemon-lime soda will work)
- vegetable oil
- maraschino cherries
- powdered sugar
- lemon extract
HOW TO MAKE SHIRLEY TEMPLE CAKE:
Preheat oven to 325f degrees. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind with flour in it, like Baker’s Joy). In a medium bowl, combine all the cake ingredients: cake mix, pudding, 7-Up, eggs and oil. Mix until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake for about 45-55 minutes (until inserted toothpick comes out clean).
Once it’s finished baking, while still in the pan, poke holes all over the cake using a wooden skewer.
Then pour reserved cherry juice into the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely.
Once the cake is cooled completely, carefully remove from the bundt pan. To prepare icing: In a bowl, whisk together powdered sugar with lemon extract. Whisk in milk slowly until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Drizzle icing over cake.
Finally, top with a few maraschino cherries.
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Shirley Temple Cake (+Video)
For the cake:
- 15.25 ounce yellow cake mix
- 3.4 ounce (small box) instant vanilla pudding
- 3/4 cups 7-Up (any lemon-lime soda will work)
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained and juice reserved
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
- 2-3 Tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan really well with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind with flour in it, like Baker's Joy).
- In a medium bowl, combine all the cake ingredients: cake mix, pudding, 7-Up, eggs and oil. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
- Bake for about 45-55 minutes (until inserted toothpick comes out clean)
- Once it’s finished baking, while still in the pan, poke holes all over the cake using a wooden skewer and then pour reserved cherry juice into the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely.
- Once the cake is cooled completely, carefully remove from the bundt pan.
- To prepare icing: In a bowl, whisk together powdered sugar with lemon extract.
- Whisk in milk slowly until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
- Pour icing over cake and top with a few maraschino cherries.
- I prefer the icing to be thicker so I use less milk. I want it to be more like an icing and less like a glaze. However, this is easily customizable to your preferences.
- Lemon instant pudding can be used instead of vanilla.
- The video above has a typo. It should say maraschino cherry juice and not “Jell-O Mix”
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love your ideas great projects for kids now out of school because of corona fast easy and yummy
This was extremely easy to make and it tastes light, moist and delicious. I will definitely be adding the recipe to my collection. Note: I didn’t have any lemon pudding so I just made it without. My boxed mix was Betty Crocker Super Moist. It came out great. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Love hearing that Toni! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment!
The video says cherry jello?
You are right and it is wrong. It is the maraschino cherry juice 🙂
I tend to like to chew my calories rather than sip them; but if I do drink I’m with you and prefer fruity any day of the week. But given the choice between cake and a drink? No contest, pass me the cake!
I am so with you on this drinking thing, Brandie. About once a year I have a Margarita, but I prefer to eat my calories!
This cake looks yummy. Thanks.
You’re cracking me up. My husband is a beer guy. I mean, he works in a beer store and is in the process of buying it, smells beer and takes notes on what it smells and tastes like, and spends more money on beer than clothing. I hate beer and totally get your “I’m a fruity drink nerd” because I too am a fruity drink nerd. Or a Kahlua drink nerd. Either way. But we like what we like! And this cake looks amazing, so there’s that.
I can’t stand beer either! I’m so glad to read this and learn that I’m not the only woman who doesn’t crave beer! I have now given up all alcohol, but I used to like a frozen daiquiri or pina colada or something along those lines. Those were the days! Now I get my kicks from a sugar fix
and this cake sounds delicious!
Great looking recipe. Thank you
I’m not much of a drinker myself but I do enjoy a small glass of wine once in a while. When I say small glass; I’m talking about the size of a 4 oz. canning jar.
Can you substitute grenadine for the juice from the maraschino cherries? I like it much better and it’s easier to find in my area.
Hi Jenni! You sure could 🙂
There is a meme floating around somewhere about how beer has this connotation as a manly drink…but that wheat juice is between 3-5% alcohol. While the froo- froo drinks are usually much stronger AND taste good
The only use for the jar of cherries is for the juice and the few cherries you put on top?
Sounds incredible! Can U use a 9×13 baking dish instead?
Jennifer, you can use any size pan just keep an eye on the baking time.
Could even make into cupcakes if you wish. :}