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How to Make Shirley Temple Cupcakes

Learn how to make Shirley Temple cupcakes using only 2 ingredients! This is our favorite Shirley Temple recipe made with a box cake mix and craft soda. It is a very easy dessert to bake for a birthday or special celebration.

Shirley Temple Cupcake Recipe

Unique cupcake recipe with Shirley Temple soda

I can remember as a young child, getting dressed in my favorite frock, and waiting patiently at the restaurant table with my family for dinner.

Back then, going out to eat was a treat! When drink orders were taken, I never passed up the opportunity to order a “fancy drink” which was better known as a Shirley Temple. This special non-alcohol beverage was made up of ginger ale, a splash of grenadine, and a couple of maraschino cherries.

Now they make this special concoction into a soda! When I saw a six-pack in the grocery store I knew it would be a perfect ingredient to make really unique cupcake recipes!

Shirley Temple Soda Cupcakes

Easy 2-ingredient cupcake recipe

This cupcake recipe is really easy as it only takes 2 ingredients to make!

  • Shirley Temple Soda: Find a bottle of craft Shirley Temple Soda. I used Saranac soda and found it on Amazon. You can order a whole 24-pack and use one bottle to make a flavored Shirley Temple cake and have some to serve as a sweet retro drink.
  • Cake Mix: The other ingredient is a box of white cake mix. Use your favorite brand to create a delicious and fun cupcake recipe! I picked a white cake mix because the color of the soda will turn the cupcake a light shade of lovely pink.

Related recipe links: Orange Crush Cake, 7UP Soda Cupcakes, Lemon Pound Cake, Pumpkin Pound Cake, Chocolate Chip Cake, Easy Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Shirley Temple Soda Cupcakes are easy as 1-2!

How to make Shirley Temple cupcakes recipe

I love that I can make these Shirley Temple cupcakes using a box cake mix and a bottle of soda. It's also awesome that these can be frosted with store-bought frosting with a small teaspoon of soda added for a kick of flavor.

To make cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a muffin baking pan with cupcake paper liners.

Combine soda and box cake mix in a large mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Do not add anything else to this mixture.

Shirley Temple Soda Cupcakes

Pour cake batter into a paper-lined muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes until a toothpick tests clean.

Decorate with your favorite frosting and sprinkle of sugar or make it extra fancy with a maraschino cherry on top!

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Shirley Temple Cupcakes
Yield: 12

Shirley Temple Soda Cupcakes

Shirley Temple Soda Cupcakes

Only 2 ingredients are needed to bake a Shirley Temple Cupcake! A box cake mix and Shirley Temple craft soda bake into a sweet treat that tastes just like the favorite childhood "Fancy Drink."

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 bottle or can Shirley Temple Soda, measure out 12 oz.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and 1 can (or measure out 12 oz.) Shirley Temple Soda. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING ELSE TO THE CAKE MIX.
  4. Pour into paper-lined muffin cake pans and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.
  5. Cool 10 minutes in pan then turn out to wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

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Original Post: 1/29/17

Updated Post 11/19/20

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Sunday 19th of February 2017

My children always love cupcakes and this kind of cupcake is great. Next Sunday is my son's birthday I will cook for him this cupcake. I am sure that his friends and he will like it very much! Thanks for sharing!

Kristi Cathey

Saturday 18th of February 2017

My whole family love eating cupcakes. They are so cute and so yummy. I will bake cupcake for dessert for the party tomorrow. Thank you for your great recipe!

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